If I were to look closely at the jagged edges of my fragmented heart, I’m sure I’d see that some spaces now shine with gold. And that is what he left for me.’
On the 17th November 2019, Grey Atticus Fox Grumbridge was born, nine weeks early, to Georgie and Mike in a Kent hospital.
If Not For You is her heart wrenching yet cathartic and life-affirming account of the 21 days they had together, and its aftermath. It bears witness to both the confusion and the clarity that accompanies great pain, and stands as a testament to the incredible power of love, kindness and care when life is at its hardest.
‘He was looked after by strangers who became family, and saw more kindness, more love, in twenty-one days than some might see in a lifetime.
For his brief moments in this world, he experienced all of the very best things it can offer.’
Georgie’s spare, intimate and at times surprisingly comic writing offers an extraordinary message of hope to anyone facing their darkest hour or searching to make sense of unthinkable loss.
Molly’s story continues in this gripping saga of love, betrayal and secrets that can’t stay hidden . . . perfect for fans of Dilly Court, Libby Ashworth and Rosie Goodwin.
Now Molly Dawson’s family have grown up and left home, she has every reason to expect that her life on the Woodchurch Manor estate with her husband, head gardener Charlie, will settle into happy contentment.
It seems, though, that her estranged half-sister, Harriet, has other ideas. When the secret Molly has kept for over twenty-five years is revealed in front of her whole family, Molly’s relationship with her son and her husband begins to crumble. And when she takes a trip away from home to allow things to settle, Harriet steps in – with devastating consequences.
Will Harriet prevail, or can Molly win back Charlie’s heart, and heal the rift with the son she had been parted from for so many years?
Praise for Lynne Francis:
‘Impressively researched . . . I loved this five star book’ Kay Brellend
‘An engaging, thoroughly researched tale of youthful naivety and courage in the face of adversity, full of rich detail and imagination. Highly recommended!’ RoNA award-winning, bestselling novelist Tania Crosse
‘A compelling and captivating historical saga rich in atmosphere, emotion and heart . . . a poignant tale of broken promises, devastating betrayals and triumph over adversity from a master storyteller’ Goodreads Reviewer
Award-winning novelist and nature writer Inga Simpson terrifies and enthralls with this truly remarkable novel of a woman who must face her worst fears to find survive and find beauty in a world under attack.
Fear is her cage. But what’s outside is worse…
It’s night, and dust swirls against the walls of Rachel’s home in the Australian bush. Her fear of other people has led her to a reclusive life as far from them as possible, her only occasional contact with her sister.
A hammering on the door. There stand a mother, Hannah, and her sick baby. They are running for their lives from a mysterious death sweeping the Australian countryside – so soon, too soon, after everything.
Now Rachel must face her worst fears to help Hannah, search for her sister, and discover just what terror was born of us. . . and how to survive it.
For fans of BIRDBOX and A QUIET PLACE, this remarkable, terrifying literary horror thriller holds a mirror up to the changed world we live in today.
What if you’ve already crossed paths with the love of your life?
Cora and Jacob live in London’s vast metropolis; he at one end of the Central Line, she at the other.
Their paths have crossed a thousand times without them knowing.
When a chance encounter on the underground brings them together, it seems they’re destined to fall in love.
But life has a catastrophic way of throwing up obstacles that could see both their lives unravel. And as events in their pasts begin to pull them apart, Cora and Jacob begin to wonder:
Are they meant to be together, or were they never meant to meet?
What readers are saying about Saskia Sarginson’s novels:
‘With echoes of David Nicholls’s One Day, this romance has just the right mix of heart-melting moments and heart-rending near misses‘ Good Housekeeping
‘Intensely romantic’ Sunday Mirror
‘A wonderful, heart-tugging romance’ Prima
‘A raw, emotional book about love in all its guises’ Sun
‘Have tissues to hand’ Best
‘A rare treat, an emotional thriller steeped in humanity. I read it in a single sitting!’ John Boyne
An innocent mistake. A lifetime of guilt.
Susannah has two beautiful daughters, a high-flying medical career, a successful husband and an enviable life. Her hair is glossy, her clothes are expensive; she truly has it all.
But when – on the hottest day of the year – her strict morning routine is disrupted, Susannah finds herself running on autopilot. It is hours before she realises she has made a devastating mistake. Her baby, Louise, is still in the backseat of the car and it is too late to save her.
As the press close in around her, Susannah is put on trial for negligence. It is plain to see that this is not a trial, it’s a witch hunt. But what will the court say?
In 1942 there was a domestic crisis in Britain. Public morale collapsed with a widespread feeling that Winston Churchill was no longer the right man to lead the nation. In the course of the crisis, motions of No-Confidence were debated in Parliament. A credible rival for Prime Minister emerged. This panic followed a series of major military fiascos. If its war effort folded, Britain would have had to negotiate a truce with Hitler. Had Britain been forced out of the war by this in 1942, it would have been almost impossible for the US to fight back in Europe. The survival of fascism, the outcome of the titanic battles on the Eastern Front and the ultimate result of the war could all have been very different.
1942 tells the story of this precarious moment when the British people nearly lost it.
Big Fat Negative (BFN) – a term commonly used on internet forums to refer to a negative pregnancy test.
Infertility can be a lonely journey. One in every six couples will struggle to conceive but, despite this, many don’t feel comfortable talking openly about their experiences and sharing what they are going through. As a result, they feel isolated and alone.
It doesn’t have to be this way. By talking, laughing and shouting about our experiences we can start to lift the cloak of shame that so often engulfs those going through it. Big Fat Negative does just that. This no-nonsense, honest guide to infertility from the hosts of the Big Fat Negative podcast smashes the taboo around this isolating and heartbreaking illness, offering first-hand experience, an understanding voice when friends don’t get it, expert advice, reassurance for when you feel alone and – most importantly – humour when it you need it the most.
Using first-hand accounts of the various hurdles of infertility, from work to diagnoses and IVF, coupled with advice from leading experts, Big Fat Negative will hold your hand on the no-so simple journey to motherhood – helping you to face and defeat the trials of trying for a baby.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes a highly designed, colourful collection of quotes, wit, and wisdom from Lady Whistledown and the most memorable characters of the much-loved Bridgerton books, now a series created by Shondaland for Netflix.
A collection of the most dramatic, romantic, and memorable quotes from the charming characters of the Bridgerton world, The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton is the perfect gift for fans of the Bridgerton series and the groundbreaking Shondaland/Netflix adaptation. With her signature wink and nod, Lady Whistledown herself will act as readers’ familiar and trusted guide, introducing each character’s most memorable quotes.
Each chapter in the book will highlight a different character from the Bridgerton series and include a new introduction from Lady Whistledown, quotes from the character, and things other characters have said about them over the course of the entire series. Fans will get a 360-degree view of each of their favorite personalities, with new commentary and takeaways from Lady Whistledown.
From Daphne, to Simon, to Penelope, to Colin, fans will enter the Bridgerton world in a completely new way with a fresh and intimate perspective of each character. Readers will relive the twists and turns of the books, taking (or not taking) the advice on love, family, etiquette, and fashion from the most beloved and unforgettable voices from Bridgerton. With an introduction from the creator of the Bridgerton world and #1 NYT Bestselling author Julia Quinn, The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton is a highly designed keepsake and unique addition to the Regency world we all fell in love with.
Lucky to be rich. Lucky to be famous. Lucky to be alive.
Xav, Ed, Leni, Maxine.
They are the influencers, the lucky ones. Gifted, gilded people who have everything – fame, respect, adulation, more freebies than they can ever unbox. Their lives, loves and feuds are shared with millions of fans on the streaming platform PlayMii, and they are living the dream.
But it’s broken Ed’s heart.
It’s crushing Maxine.
It’s destroying Leni’s friendships.
And it’s gone to Xav’s head.
Then, a masked figure walks into Xav’s apartment and murders him on camera.
As the world reels with shock, Maxine discovers Xav was sitting on a file of secrets about his fellow creators – career-destroying secrets that they’d do anything to keep hidden. And if she doesn’t find the file, she could be next . . .
From the award-winning author of The Apothecary’s Daughter comes the next book in the Spindrift Trilogy – a beautifully evocative, family drama, perfect for fans of Santa Montefiore, Lucinda Riley and Elizabeth Jane Howard’s Cazalet Chronicles.
1914 Spindrift House, Cornwall
Edith Fairchild’s good-for-nothing husband, Benedict, deserted her when their children were babies. Now the children are almost adult, Edith and Pascal, her faithful lover of two decades, are planning to leave their beloved Spindrift artists’ community and finally be together.
But an explosive encounter between Benedict and Pascal forces old secrets into the light, causing rifts in the happiness and security of the community. Then an assassin’s bullet fired in faraway Sarajevo sets in motion a chain of events that changes everything.
Under the shadow of war, the community struggles to eke out a living. The younger generation enlist or volunteer to support the war effort, facing dangers that seemed unimaginable in the golden summer of 1914.
When it’s all over, will the Spindrift community survive an unexpected threat? And will Edith and Pascal ever be able to fulfil their dream?
Why do readers love Charlotte Betts?
‘Romantic, engaging and hugely satisfying’ Katie Fforde
‘A highly-recommended novel of love, tragedy and the power of art’ Daily Mail
‘Beautifully written, engaging and heart-warming’ Book Club Mumma
‘A highly compelling, engrossing read’ Discovering Diamonds
‘Evocative, enthralling and enjoyable’ Bookish Jottings
‘Poignant, compelling and extensively researched . . . I cannot wait to find out what happens next to these characters’ Sarah’s Vignettes
‘A delightful historical saga which is so beautifully woven together that from the very start I was enchanted’ Jaffa Reads Too
‘Rich in detail, full of passion this is a delightful and fascinating read’ Book Literati
At eighteen, Emma Kenward runs away from her dull Sloane home to try her luck as a painter in Tuscany. Waspish, idealistic and far too clever for her own good, she is at the awkward age when women choose their futures – and their identities.
Once in Italy, Emma blossoms and is taken up by a a mixture of characters including the local Contessa; Sylvia, her volatile American mentor; Dr Evenlode, an Oxford don she’d hoped never to see again; and Lucio, a seductive and anarchic young Italian, as interested in Emma’s body as in her mind. Santorno, however, is not merely a picturesque town set in the golden landscape of the Tuscan countryside. Hidden among the malicious tongues of the provincial gossips and the walls of the mysterious Palazzo Felici lie secrets, long buried, but not forgotten. Emma, ever curious, delves deep and discovers the truth about her new world, her old self – and a gruesome murder.
Local vacuum cleaner repairman and self-appointed mayor Nino Speranza is in trouble. Without the thousands of euros in taxes that he could never bring himself to collect from his neighbours, the water board will cut the town off. All 212 inhabitants will be forced to leave.
His usually reliable Compendium of Saints yields no answers to his prayers. So, in a desperate bid to save his hometown, he starts a rumour that major movie star Dante Rinaldi is filming his next movie in the village.
Soon, all the locals want to be involved: Speranza’s assistant has written a screenplay and the local butcher will invest – each of his fifteen enormous sons is given a role. It seems the only way to save the town is to actually make the movie.
And Nino Speranza starts to think he might have created the second chance they all needed… until word of the production reaches Dante Rinaldi himself.
Funny, charming and incredibly heart-warming, this is the feel-good book we all need; a celebration of the underdog, of family and of remembering what really matters in life.
Do you feel stuck in bad habits, or wonder why you procrastinate, or why you keep repeating old patterns? You might not realise the answers you need are already within you.
Every single one of us has an unlimited source of potential for personal growth – and the way to tap into this is not through following rigid advice or rules: it’s by asking the right questions.
In THE 7 QUESTIONS, award-winning life coach Nick Hatter offers a toolkit that you can apply time and again for more clarity and continuous self-awareness whenever you feel you’ve lost direction in life. Each question will prompt you to search within yourself and address the bigger picture – from how you formed your opinion of yourself to whether your beliefs are serving you – and ultimately improve your self-esteem, confidence and emotional intelligence when the loss of a job, relationship or loved one brings you low.
Drawing on vivid examples from the cutting edge of psychology and the author’s personal experience, THE 7 QUESTIONS will help you discover your own unique answers.
The sober curious movement is growing exponentially. People are realising that alcohol does not make them feel their absolute best and are discovering the life-changing benefits of the alcohol-free lifestyle: better sleep, less anxiety, clearer and more vibrant skin, improved digestion, weight loss, increased energy and more deeply connected relationships. Even a short break from alcohol, as little as four weeks, has been proven to offer drastic health benefits: from lowered cholesterol, blood pressure and cancer markers, to improved liver health, grey matter growth and neuron regeneration. It’s easy to see why alcohol-free is the next big wellness revolution.
Euphoric is designed for casual drinkers to show them how much happiness, wellbeing, and meaning can be found in an alcohol-free lifestyle. The book is broken down into three major parts: the Body, which explores all the health benefits of quitting drinking; the Mind and Soul, which goes deep into the redevelopment of positive beliefs to help the readers go after their biggest dreams; and the Eight-Week Plan to Ditch Alcohol, which provides readers with a practical blueprint on how to give up drinking in just eight weeks.
This book empowers readers to quit alcohol through tangible lessons and journal exercises each week that help readers learn more about themselves, release negative beliefs, understand their drinking habits in a new way and get the confidence they need to live a healthier lifestyle.
An accessible, step-by-step resource for setting, communicating, and enforcing healthy boundaries at home, at work, and in life.
We all want to have healthy boundaries. But what does that really mean – and what steps are needed to implement them in our daily lives? Sought-after therapist relationship expert Nedra Glover Tawwab presents clear explanations and interactive exercises to help you gain insight and then put it into action. Filled with thought-provoking checklists, questions, writing prompts, and more, THE SET BOUNDARIES WORKBOOK is a valuable tool for everyone who wants to speak up for what they want and need, and show up more authentically in the world.