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Love in the Time of Bertie

Love in the Time of Bertie

The latest in the hugely popular 44 Scotland Street series from the worldwide bestselling author, Alexander McCall Smith

Life for Bertie seems to be moving at a pace that is rather out of his control. Upstairs, at 44 Scotland Street, his father Stuart is powerless to stop over-bearing Irene and her determination that Bertie will travel to deepest, coldest Aberdeen on a three-month sojourn. Can his friend Ranald Braveheart Macpherson save the day? And can the boys execute a great escape? Meanwhile, further up in the New Town, Bruce Anderson’s property development plans are thwarted by a sudden crisis of conscience that leads to a shocking revelation. And, in Big Lou’s cafe, it seems that love might blossom at last.

Warm hearted, humorous and always wonderfully wise, Love in the Time of Bertie offers philosophical insight as well as sartorial elegance. There are tribulations as well as celebrations in this the next instalment in the 44 Scotland Street series.
Deer Man

Deer Man

This extraordinary book tells the story of Geoffroy Delorme, an accomplished photographer, lecturer and nature lover, who, recalling a chance meeting with a young roe deer in his youth, decides to change his life. He casts his metropolitan world behind and relocates to the sumptuous national forest of Louviers, Normandy to live with the deer and immerse himself in the wilderness for seven years.

Alone in the forest with no tent, no shelter and not even a sleeping bag or blanket is an exercise in pure survival, and so Geoffroy follows the deer’s behaviour closely. He adapts to their way of life, learns to eat and sleep among them, and acquires a unique understanding of these extraordinary creatures. Over time he befriends the deer and becomes part of a wild animal family with which he shares moments of joy, sorrow and even fear.

Deer Man is a fascinating and spellbinding account of the ancient quest to reconnect with the natural world.
The Halfpenny Girls at War

The Halfpenny Girls at War

Will friendship see them through the struggles of war?

As war approaches, Alice, Edith and Marg fear for the safety of their families, while trying to decide the best way they can do their bit for their country.

Alice decides to volunteer with the Red Cross, helping those most in need, Marg is preparing to marry her true love at the most dangerous of times, and Edith hopes to finally realise her dream of becoming a teacher, and starting a family of her own.

Things have never been easy for The Halfpenny Girls, but family, friendship and community spirit will always see them through the darkest of days. . .

The third in a brand new series from reader favourite Maggie Mason, The Halfpenny Girls at War is the perfect heart-warming family saga about overcoming hardship and the value of friendship. Perfect for fans of Val Wood, Kitty Neale and Rosie Goodwin.

‘In the grand tradition of sagas set down by the late and great Catherine Cookson’ Jean Fullerton on Blackpool Lass

Readers LOVE Maggie Mason’s Blackpool sagas:

‘5 stars – I wish I could give it more. Wonderful read.’

‘Another must read book

‘What a brilliant book. I couldn’t put it down!’

‘I was hooked from the first page . . . this author is a must read

‘A totally absorbing read’
The Caretakers

The Caretakers

‘Thrilling and deeply moving, gorgeously written and intricately plotted, morally complex and surprising and sweeping and intimate, with some of the most indelible and heart-breaking characters I have ever encountered in a novelElizabeth McCracken

In the smart Parisian suburb of Maisons-Larue, in the wake of the Paris 2015 terrorist attacks, an au pair is arrested after the sudden and suspicious death of her nine-year-old charge…

The truth behind what happened is unravelled through six women: Geraldine, a heartbroken French teacher who struggles to connect with her vulnerable students; Lou, an incompetent au pair fired by the family next door; Charlotte, a chilly socialite and reluctant mother; Holly, an anxious au pair who yearns to feel at home in Paris; Nathalie, an isolated French teenager desperate for her mother’s attention; and finally, Alena, the au pair accused of killing a child.

All of them play a part in nine-year-old Julien’s death…

For fans of Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You and Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, The Caretakers is a compulsive and gripping read about who takes care of children, the yearning for belonging that extends beyond the homes left behind, and issues of identity, privilege, and class in both American and French culture.
Lover Arisen

Lover Arisen

‘Utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic’ Angela Knight

‘Hot, sexy, unique, intriguingly wicked’ Christine Feehan

The next sexy, gritty, unputdownable Black Dagger Brotherhood novel.

Find out why readers are OBSESSED with the Black Dagger Brotherhood…

Insanely good! . . . Intensely romantic and straight up flipping steamy, violent and gruesome, heartbreaking and deep. Her addictive writing tells a story like none other’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I can’t get enough of these sexy, tough, intriguing vampires’ Amazon reviewer

‘Emotional by epic proportions’ Kobo reviewer

‘The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a twisting, often surprising, but always awesome read’ Amazon reviewer

‘A must read’ Goodreads reviewer

‘The story had me captivated the whole way‘ Kobo reviewer

‘Each and every character is compelling’ Amazon reviewer
The Fake-Up

The Fake-Up

THE RIOTOUSLY FUNNY NEW NOVEL FROM JUSTIN MYERS, MASTER OF THE MODERN-DAY ROM COM

‘Justin’s writing combines genuine laugh-out-loud moments and deep emotional insight’
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TWO EXES. ONE BIG SECRET. LET THE GAMES BEGIN…

Dylan and Flo are on the rocks. Of course they are in love. Obviously they want it to work. But sometimes it feels like the world is against them. Their flat is falling apart, their friends never stop meddling and the obstacles keeping them from their dreams are insurmountable. Maybe they just . . . aren’t meant to be?

The break-up completely shatters them both. While Flo cries in her Mum’s kitchen, penning ballads about heartache, Dylan is forced to sleep on his best friend’s sofa and channel his pain into acting.

And, unexpectedly, their stars begin to rise.

Soon Dylan and Flo are on the cusp of everything they’ve ever wanted. There’s only one problem: they can’t be without one another, but their hard-won futures depend on their estrangement. Can they keep their relationship a secret from the world? Or has fate conspired to keep them apart for good?
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What real readers are saying about Justin Myers:

‘Funny, engaging and heart warming with witty, believable and well written characters’

‘Just so entertaining and gripping. Impeccable storytelling that I would strongly recommend’

‘Uplifting . . . A book I feel privileged to have read, one that I thoroughly enjoyed’
The Secret Life of Clutter

The Secret Life of Clutter

The Secret Life of Clutter is Helen Sanderson’s exploration of how our spaces reflect our psyche. Told through a series of compelling case histories, she shows us the significant changes that happen when people start to let go of their things. Why is it that we feel unable to let go of certain objects? What are the complex interconnections at play in our domestic environments? She believes that decluttering is not a black and white pursuit, instead she seeks to help people establish a practical and psychological balance in their homes.

Helen’s expertise is intricately woven into the stories of people she has helped; from the young doctor whose controlled exterior hides an out-of-control living space, to the widower who has misplaced an important key. Her accounts are tender and empathetic, luminously written in elegant prose. The Secret Life of Clutter is not a self-help book about how to organise your home, rather a book of revealing and profound insights uncovered through relatable human stories.

Readers may never look at the places they live and the possessions in them in quite the same way. They will be inspired to consider what stories their homes may be telling them and to listen, to learn and to integrate these insights in order to support their own process of personal change.
In Deep Water

In Deep Water

One wrong step and you’re in deep water.

Sukie has had enough of not putting herself out there. She has had enough of her mother thinking so very little of her timid daughter. On a whim, she accepts an offer to go to a Greek island for the weekend with Jake, a man she has barely begun dating. If that isn’t putting herself out here, she doesn’t know what is.

Heather is at the airport when she sees a young woman with an older man – and immediately she understands that the woman is in danger. Because in fifteen years, Heather hasn’t been able to forget what Jake did to her. And the next thing she knows, she’s buying a plane ticket and following them.

What should have been a perfectly pleasant weekend away quickly descends into something much darker. As these two women come ever closer to each other – and to Jake – it becomes increasingly unclear who will walk away from the weekend with their life.
Notorious

Notorious

RUMOUR HAS IT.

Discover the dark love story dripping in glamour and scandalous family secrets that’s been described as ‘A MUST-READ for 2022’ . . .

*Loosely based on one of history’s greatest unsolved mysteries – the Princes in the Tower – and the royal enigma that was Richard III*
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EVERYONE WANTS TO BE FAMOUS

Everyone has heard of the Snows. Belle, world-famous singer of Woodville fame. Her husband Teddy, acclaimed actor by day, notorious party animal by night. Their children: Emma, Pearl, Crystal, Elfred and River.

EVERYONE EXCEPT EMMA SNOW

Emma Snow wants three things in the world: to become a writer, own a cat, and never think about Rowan Bosworth again. Darkly handsome with a tragic past, Emma should know better than to be in love with him. She’s never sure whether he actually likes her, or if she’s just a pawn in one of the twisted games he likes to play.

EMMA SNOW WANTS TO BE EXCEPTIONAL

One Valentine’s Day, a terrible event occurs which rips the Snow family apart. Determined to uncover the truth, Emma is forced to delve into the dark underbelly of her celebrity family – and once and for all decide whether to think with her heart or her head . .

When you’re surrounded by rumours, it’s difficult to see the truth . . .
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The perfect racy, pacy must-read for 2022, Notorious is perfect for fans of Danielle Steele, Melanie Blake, Louise Bagshawe, Tasmina Perry and Penny Vincenzi . . .

Believe the rumours – EVERYONE is talking about Olivia Hayfield’s NOTORIOUS!

‘Rich people behaving badly’ Booklist

Ingenious and addictive‘ Francesca Hornak

A delicious read‘ Renee Rosen


See, Solve, Scale

See, Solve, Scale

HOW ANYONE CAN TURN AN UNSOLVED PROBLEM INTO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS

We live in a world full of problems, and business often offers the most compelling path to solve them. For this reason, business isn’t just for ‘businesspeople’ anymore. Increasingly, it’s the more unlikely candidates, from historians to philosophers to rocket scientists, who are launching the most interesting businesses to solve problems big and small.

That’s why at Brown University, everyone from English majors and future Fulbright scholars, to chemical engineering majors and art students, rank Danny Warshay’s course as the most life-changing course on campus. Danny doesn’t just change how they think about business. He has encouraged his thousands of students to use his course to launch hundreds of successful companies including Away and Casper mattresses.

In See, Solve, Scale Danny will share his unique methodology and demonstrate how it is applicable to anyone who is in the business of solving problems, from an innovator dreaming of launching a startup, to a manager trying to cut through red tape in their organisation or a small business owner who wants to stay one step ahead of the competition.

See, Solve, Scale will be an essential guide for anyone who dreams of taking a world-changing idea from conception to execution.
The Love Hypothesis

The Love Hypothesis

‘Contemporary romance’s unicorn: the elusive marriage of deeply brainy and delightfully escapist.’ Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners

When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman’s carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive on her way to a happily ever after was always going to be tough, scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting woman, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when he agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire and Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support (and his unyielding abs), their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion.

Olive soon discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.
True Biz

True Biz

‘Part tender coming of age story, part electrifying tale of political awakening, part heartfelt love letter to Deaf culture, True Biz is a wholly a wonder’ Celeste Ng

True biz (adj/exclamation; American Sign Language): really, seriously, definitely, real-talk

True Biz plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they’ll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who’s never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school’s golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing; and February, the headmistress, who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact, but might not be able to do both. As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another – and changed forever.

This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, cochlear implants and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss, and, above all, great persistence, daring, and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, True Biz is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.
In Two Minds

In Two Minds

Shocking, eye-opening and grimly fascinating, these are the true stories, patients and cases that have characterised a career spent treating mentally disordered offenders.

As a forensic psychiatrist, it’s Dr Das’s job to treat and rehabilitate what the tabloids might call the ‘criminally insane’, many of whom assault, rob, rape, and even kill. His work takes him to high-security prisons and securely locked hospital wards across the country, as well as inside courtrooms, giving evidence as an expert witness.

From the young woman who smothered her two-year-old nephew in a flash of psychosis, to the teenager who set his house on fire with his mother locked inside, Dr Das must delve into the minds of these violent offenders to elicit their symptoms of mental illness, understand their actions and prevent future atrocities.

In this honest, revealing and at times humorous memoir, Dr Das shares stories from his fifteen years as a psychiatric doctor working with this dangerous clientele, detailing some of his most extreme, heart-breaking and bizarre cases – and how he’s learned to live with his mistakes when the worse happens.

Compelling, enlightening and candid, if you enjoyed Unnatural Causes, Dark Side of the Mind or The Prison Doctor, you’ll love IN TWO MINDS.
Careering

Careering

careering (verb)
1. working endlessly for a job you used to love and now resent entirely
2. knowing that a little of your soul is inextricably tied to the work you do
3. moving in a way that feels out of control

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There’s a fine line between on the right track and coming off the rails.

Harri
has poured her life into her job at Panache magazine, losing friendships, the love of her life, and increasingly, her sanity. She knows it will all be worth it when she gets the top job. Until she’s side lined, passed over for promotion and forced into running ‘a new venture’, which everyone knows is code for ‘being pushed out’.

Imogen has had to hustle her whole professional life to cling onto an industry that favours the privileged. When Harri offers her a job, putting an end to her constant sofa-surfing, she feels like all her dreams are coming true. But her fairy-tale ending soon sours as she finds herself putting more and more of herself into writing for a company that doesn’t care if she sinks or swims.

Harri and Imogen both thought they loved their jobs, but it is becoming increasingly clear that their jobs do not love them. Together, they stage a rebellion the only way they know how. But what will the view look like from the other side?

Hilarious and unflinchingly honest, Careering takes a hard look at the often toxic relationship working women have with their dream jobs.

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