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Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell


The captivating, quirky and heartwarming new novel from the bestselling author of Eleanor & Park. A heart-wrenching – and hilarious – take on fate, time, television and true love, Landline asks if two people are ever really on the same path, or whether love just means finding someone who will keep meeting you halfway.


Rawblood by Catriona Ward
Catriona Ward


Iris Villarca lives with her father at Rawblood, a lonely house on Dartmoor. Iris and her father are the last of their name. The Villarcas always die young, bloodily. Iris believes it's because of a congenital disease which means she must isolate herself from the world. But one sunlit autumn day, beside her mother's grave, she forces the truth from her father. The Villarcas are haunted, through the generations, by her.


The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
Aliette de Bodard

The House of Shattered Wings

A superb murder mystery, on an epic scale, set against the fall out – literally – of a war in heaven . . . Paris in the aftermath of the Great Magicians War. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black, thick with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. Three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen, an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East. They may be the city’s salvation; or the architects of its last, irreversible fall . . .


The Ship by Antonia Honeywell
Antonia Honeywell

The Ship

Welcome to London. But not as you know it. Lalla has grown up sheltered from the harsh new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. But now the chaos has reached their doorstep. Michael has promised to save them. His escape route is a ship big enough to save five hundred people. But only the worthy will be chosen. Once on board, Lalla's unease grows. Where are they going? What does her father really want?


Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
Jostein Gaarder

Sophie's World

The international bestseller about life, the universe and everything. When 14-year-old Sophie encounters a mysterious mentor who introduces her to philosophy, mysteries deepen in her own life. Why does she keep getting postcards addressed to another girl? Who is the other girl? And who, for that matter, is Sophie herself? To solve the riddle, she uses her new knowledge of philosophy, but the truth is far stranger than she could have imagined.


The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Elizabeth May

The Falconer

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh's social events – right up until a faery killed her mother. Now it's the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. She's determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city's many dark alleyways.


Steelheart byBrandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson


Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. Nobody fights the Epics . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in.


Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu
Bradley Beaulieu

Twelve Kings

In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she's never been able to do anything about it. This all changes when she goes out on the night of Beht Zha'ir. As Çeda begins to unlock the mysteries of that fateful night, she realizes that the very origin of the asirim and the dark bargain the Kings made with the gods of the desert them may be the very key she needs to throw off the iron grip the Kings have had over Sharakhai.


Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell

Pretty Is

Lois and Carly-May are twelve years old when they're abducted, driven across the country, and imprisoned in a remote, isolated hunting lodge for two months. That summer, under the watchful gaze of their kidnapper, they form a bond which will never be broken . . . Decades later, both Lois and Carly-May have built new lives and identities for themselves. Increasingly haunted by the devastating experience that shaped both their lives, Lois and Carly-May are drawn together again in a world that both echoes and falsifies their beautiful, terrible story.


The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder
Jostein Gaarder

The World According to Anna

On the 20th anniversary of Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder returns with a spell-binding fable about a girl who begins to receive messages from another time . . . When sixteen-year-old Anna begins receiving messages from another time, her parents take her to the doctor. But he can find nothing wrong with Anna; in fact he believes there may be some truth to what she is seeing. Anna is haunted by visions of the desolate world of 2082. She sees her great-granddaughter, Nova, in a wasteland peopled by ragged survivors, after animals and plants have died out. Haunting, gripping and magical, The World According to Anna is a fable for our time.

Game of Scones by Jammy Lannister
Jammy Lannister

Game of Scones

Jammy Lannister, by right of birth, blood and dough, has laid his claim to the Iron Scone of Westeros: join him as he fights his way through the kitchen, encountering edible desserts and baked goods including Unsullied Soldiers (without nuts), Brienne of Tart, Jaime and Cersei's Family Mess and Tyrion's Shortbread. ARYA HUNGRY? BECAUSE DINNER IS COMING . . .

Motivational Quotes
(Simpsons Artist)

Motivational Quotes to Help You be More Positive

Laugh-out-loud, inappropriate and surreal collection of motivational quotes and brand-new artwork from the genius behind the hugely popular blog 'Simpsons Pictures that I Gone and Done'. This is dark humour at its best.


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