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  1. Touchstones
  2. The Making of Kubrick's by Lucho Cohaila Guzman - Issuu
  3. Search Worlds Without End
  4. December 2015 Viewing Diary

Saint Athanasius by F. Forbes 3 Margaret Clitherow by Margaret T. Monro 3 The Sadness of Christ by St. Elijah in Jerusalem by Michael O'Brien 3 Saint Pius V by Robin Anderson 4 The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous 3 Forbes Last Poems by A. Milne Now We are Six by A. John Sprigg Thirteen Guests by J. Lewis You by Fulton Sheen St. Czerneda Regeneration by Julie E. And with that I think we're good. But most of all, I wish you happy reading! Have a wonderful bookfilled , Jennifer. Best of the Top 5 Non-Fiction 1. The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad 2. Jefferson Farjeon Worst of the Worst 1.

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The Montmartre Investigation by Claude Izner 2. Patricia Brent, Spinster by Herbert Jenkins 3. Return of the Gar by Mark Spitzer 4. The first review should be coming soon. It's one step up from a picture book, with black-and-white illustrations on every page and large print text. It covers Martin's life from the beginning in a Peruvian slum through his many miracles, including that of the mice whom he got to move out of the sacristy and into the garden , to his death and then culminates in his canonization as a saint in It's a very nice book, although some of the text has not aged well it was originally published in , most notably the use of "negro" once at the end of the book and a few references to how Martin had black skin on the outside but was pure white on the inside black is beautiful anyone?

But this doesn't take away from the overall value of the book, and in a time in which finding books with minority protagonists is a big deal, a book about the son of an African slave and her Spanish master who rose to become a respected Dominican lay brother and healer cannot help but find an audience. Highly recommended for those looking for Catholic books to take their children on the next step from reading picture books and those who enjoy vintage Catholic fiction, just be prepared for some phrasing that would be awkward in today's society.

First Line : The lame dog walked painfully down the street and Martin's dark eyes followed it with sorrow. In her world, the Japanese government passed a censorship law in the late s that has led to the attempted banning and seizing of "offensive" books and magazines. The Library Defense Force is the local governments' attempt at fighting back and protecting books and libraries from the federal government.

Iku is the first woman to join the LDF in its history, and she attacks her job with an eagerness that makes up for her lack of skills. Her sergeant, Dojo, however, appears to pick on her and work her harder than the other recruits, but she doesn't let that get to her either.

Overall, a fun read perfect for book-lovers everywhere that manages to discuss an important topic censorship in an accessible way. First Line : A gentle hand that softly touched my head. Our heroine is an aspiring fashion reporter who after a mishap ends up becoming one of Dior's "Young Ladies" a. Unfortunately, beyond oohing and ahhing at the clothes, there's not much plot here. This is especially obvious once she becomes a model.

There's a love interest we meet for a couple of pages, the heroine gets married and the next thing we know her husband's been killed when the Andrea Doria sinks. Then a couple pages later Dior is dead and the book is over. It's like the author had a great idea and then couldn't execute it to save her life.

For Dior "New Look" fans willing to look beyond the book's weaknesses, anyone else will demand a functioning plot. It doesn't really work. Juana and her mice family have been living in the priory kitchen in Lima, Peru, for many years, and they never had problems until a new mouse moves into the neighborhood who loves cheese so much that he causes enough damage to attract attention. This leads to a cat moving into the kitchen and forcing the mice into linen closets and other such places. The friars and lay brothers want Martin to trap or poison the mice, but Martin does not want to and the mice do not want to die.

Can Martin find a solution?

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An okay book that seems to be missing something. But if your kid is really into St. Martin de Porres, this is one of the options out there. It's not a bad one, per se , but it's not really a great one either. First Line : My name is Juana. But now you'll know you aren't crazy when you read one of my posts and swear you've seen it somewhere else.

Martin de Porres that made up my mini-readathon. A perfect trifecta of concept, text, and art, it tells the story of the life of Martin as a historical figure in colonial Lima. No one expected anything from the son of a slave, but he proved himself as a healer and a human being to everyone he met, and when he died the whole city mourned. The illustrations by David Diaz are supurb, the only oddity being that the Dominican friars wear all red like a cardinal instead of their black-and-white Dominican habit like Martin is shown wearing.

Overall, it's an amazing book and excellent for use in heritage month activities in schools with an Afro-Peruvian hero the story would work for either February or September. Highly recommended for anyone who likes good picture books. In this case, our setting is Crete and our heroine Nicola is trying to escape the bustle of Athens during the Easter season. But a sudden decision to deviate from her designated path finds her encountering a wounded man and his attendant and finding herself drawn into their troubles. Because the man's teen-aged brother went missing during the shooting and no one knows what happened to him.

Nicola can't help but go looking for him and soon becomes convinced that there is much more going on in this sleepy village than meets the eye. If only she can keep ahead of the criminals before they catch on to her and her allies. Otherwise, it won't be a very happy Easter at all. A fun read, it's not the greatest of Stewart's works, but it's not the worst either. You should pick this one up if you've liked her other works, like retro thrillers, or if enjoyed the movie. First Line : It was the egret, flying out of the lemon grove, that started it. The book tells the story of a blind boy and his grandfather, members of an unnamed Native American tribe that that context suggests is probably the Navajo Nation.

The boy, Strength-of-Blue-Horses wants his grandfather to tell him the story of his birth. Each time he tells that story, the grandfather adds another knot to the counting rope, with the idea that once the rope is full of knots, the grandson will know the story well enough to tell it himself. An inspirational story of inter-generational relationships and one boy's will to flourish in spite of the odds.

For those who enjoy picture books with disabled protagonists, good illustrations, or quality storytelling. Highly recommended. First Line : Tell me the story again, Grandfather. I remember enjoying it, but as you said, it wasn't my favorite book by her. Ah, finally have you starred. I, too, read a lot of Mary Stewart back in the 70's. I remember being very fond of Nine Coaches Waiting away back then. Since then I've revisited her Merlin books several times. Do you have a favorite?

But of course, that's not a pure thriller like The Moon-Spinners because the heroine communicates psychically with her "cousin". We kept passing a copy around. Before long, most of my really good friends had read it! We had some interesting discussions. But while the focus is on the murderers and their actions, the author also pays attention to the writers of the era, the Romantics, and their documentation and attempts to grapple with the subject. Particularly prominent are Thomas De Quincey and Thomas Carlyle but crowd pleasers such as Byron and Shelley also make themselves known.

When it comes to the murders they are the usual tales of vengeance, greed, and mindlessness. Murder is one of those things that never really changes, no matter the time or place. But Beran's prose really brings his chosen murders to life, and will make you think about the Romantics and their times in a whole new way. And yes, he does eventually get to Jack the Ripper. Highly recommended for fans of true crime, British and particularly London history, Romanticism, or interesting interdisciplinary non-fiction. First Line : On an autumn day in , a coach set out from the town of Watford, in Hertfordshire, and drove toward the nearby village of Elstree, some ten miles north of London.

This local wildflower comes to define the girls and the name sticks, particularly to the lone survivor. Now, years later, the man who was arrested for the crime is going to be executed in Huntsville, and Tessa is becoming increasingly aware that the wrong man might have been convicted. She is also beginning to think that original killer may be stalking her again.

And now she has her own teenager to worry about. The last trial destroyed her family, but can she afford not to go through the process again? And will she live long enough to try? You'll only find out by reading all the way to the end. A fun Texas thriller. I'm particularly heartened by the mention of Corsicana this city needs all the PR it can get. Heaberlin clearly knows Fort Worth well, although the idea of a church in Dallas having a basement is extremely iffy, as the soil usually makes that impossible.

I didn't really like the ending, which knocked it down to three stars from four, but if you like thrillers, strong heroines, or books set in modern-day Texas, this one may be fore you. First Line : Thirty-two hours of my life are missing. One of those times, when it's okay to judge book by its cover. The bulk of the book focuses on four men, two bishops and two priests, who were members of the Redemptorist Order, but there are short biographies of all the martyrs bishops, priests, religious sisters, and laymen at the end of the book.

A quick history lesson, Western Ukraine, also known as Galicia, was part of the Austrian Empire until , when it became part of Poland. It's residents were Catholics who celebrated the same liturgy as the Orthodox but who recognized the authority of the Pope. Its spiritual capital was and is Lviv. This Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church found itself stuck between the Orthodox Russians, who felt they had fallen away and the Poles, who wanted to assimilate the Ukrainians into good Poles in part by making them join the Western Catholic tradition. The Ukrainians just wanted to keep on doing what they were doing.

A good chunk of this book describes the ways they went about trying to do this. But it also tells of lives given up for the betterment of the locals and the ways in which early 20th century Ukrainian nationalism expressed itself. Evil has always been with us, and when it comes down to it the Soviets and the Nazis could be just as disgustingly brutal as today's Islamic terrorists. Blessed Zenon Kovalyk's mock crucifixion he was not only nailed to the wall but also had a fetus stuffed in his abdomen bears that out. The book suffers a bit by being written for the Ukrainian diaspora by the Ukrainian diaspora, with some assumptions made and terms used that make it less accessible than it might have been.

But this is an important book on an important and increasingly relevant subject. For those with an interest in Ukrainian history, 20th century Christian persecutions, or Eastern Catholicism. Things have quieted down a bit since the events of Clean Sweep , but when the opportunity comes for Dina and her inn to host a peace summit, they heat up quickly. First she must find a chef willing to work on a tiny budget, then she must deal with her guests: the three warring parties and the negotiators trying to work out an end to the bloodshed.

Although innkeepers are supposed to be neutral, Dina quickly finds herself being manipulated by all sides. Will they ever make peace, and will Dina live to see it happen? You'll have to read on to find out.

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I didn't like Sweep in Peace as much as its predecessor. It lacked that book's sense of adventurous fun and instead was just kind of depressing. The last chapter perked things up, but overall, I just wasn't feeling it. Hopefully, the promised third story will be more like the first. First Line : A man walked into a darkened room, moving on silent feet.

What really makes the book is Viano's gorgeous art deco-esque paper cut illustrations. I'm particularly fond of H's illustration of a whirling school of herring. Highly recommended for anyone interesting in quality illustrations, unique alphabet books, or interesting picture books. His friends insist he tell them all about his trip, so he does. What follows is a wild tour through New York from Manhattan to Coney Island as told through Kebbi's wild kinetic illustrations. They aren't always pretty, but they capture the hustle and bustle of the city perfectly.

Highly recommended for NYC-lovers, those looking for picture books with unique concepts, or just dog lovers in general. First Line : Hiya, pals! All Crawford Hunt wants is custody of his daughter. He gave her up to his in-laws while coping with the aftereffects of his wife's death, but now he's ready to live again and ready for his daughter.

Only his in-laws and a family court judge stand in his way—until a gunman storms the courtroom and opens fire. Now not only is the custody battle on hold, but someone is trying to frame Crawford for the crime. It will take all he can do to stay alive and keep those he loves safe. Especially since his heart keeps wanting to add the judge to that category too. It's Sandra Brown so you know they're going to survive: it's the journey that's important.

And this journey is a lot of fun. First Line : The two stalwart highway patrolmen guarding he barricade stared at her without registering any emotion, but because of the media blitz of the past few days, she knew they recognized her and that, in spite of their implacable demeanor, they were curious to know why Judge Holly Spencer was angling to get closer to the scene of a bloodbath.

Barbara, our first Baba in the series, is travelling through Upstate New York in her airstream when she catches the attention of a local sheriff tasked with locating a serial kidnapper. Barbara hasn't been in town long enough to be that person, but Liam is looking at anyone who might fit the bill. When a local makes a bargain with her to save her daughter, Baba gets involved in the case as well, which is good because it soon become apparent that the Otherworld is involved. Cue the suspenseful music. An average, but fun, urban fantasy.

It's not the best thing you'll ever read, but it's not the worst either. First Line : The crackle of the two-way radio barely impinged on Liam McClellan's consciousness as he scanned the bushes on either side of his squad car for any sign of a missing seven-year-old girl. Going to college at Mount Holyoke, I used to pass it all the time on the bus, but I never actually visited. Lansky discovered Yiddish while a student at Hampshire, but it was only during a graduate program at McGill that he found his calling to rescue Yiddish literature from oblivion. With just an idea and some contacts, he began collecting Yiddish books from those who no longer needed them to redistribute them to those who did.

Little did he realize the volume of books he would receive. Lansky started his project just as the last generation of Yiddish speakers was dying, so he found himself the heir to a culture that was rapidly fading away. Through the years, he met a number of remarkable people, had some exciting book-schlepping adventures, and found himself creating a permanent future for Yiddish culture that will last long after its last members are gone.

An interesting life told interestingly. If you like Yiddish, books, or Jewish culture, you'll want to pick this up. First Line : The phone rang at midnight. Her only concerns are her research and dealing with the owners of the land the lab is located on. She has no interest in anything off planet, even though space travel is a possibility for anyone who wants it. However, in Survival , everything changes. Friends become enemies and enemies friends, and Mac finds herself far beyond anywhere she ever thought she'd be.

Caught up in an intergalactic mystery with no idea why she a salmon scientist was chosen, it is all Mac can do to keep it together. She is changing, but the scientist in her never leaves. Even if she finds her way back home, some parts of Mac will never be the same. First Line : The drop glistened, green and heavy, as it coalesced at the leaf's tip. Glad you enjoyed the story! Maybe at my year reunion in I've added it to the wishlist for the time being, but I could be tempted to walk up and get it next weekend.

I am also tempted by this - hope the library has a copy. Love your idea of visiting the library for your reunion - do they do behind the scenes tours, maybe? I've been there a few times and it's still fun as an adult, though I really would've loved the craft room as a kid. Plus, the author mostly manages to avoid the egotism that seems to always come out in memoirs, which is always a good thing.

Davies gives the reasons why Christ is King and how we reached the point in which his kingship has become something that embarrasses many Catholics, who seek to follow the world instead of Christ. In short, Davies is against the separation of church and state, which he views as an evil that came out of humanism and the French Revolution. Over twenty years later, many of his points are still valid if not even more valid than when he made them.

Even if you disagree with Davies, he's always interesting and gives you something to think about. This book is no exception. All she really wants to do is focus on salmon while trying to forget Emily's betrayal. No one seems to take her story about the dangers of the Ro seriously. Until she finds herself tracked down by a couple of aliens and accepted to join an intergalactic conference on the crisis situation in New Zealand. There she makes some new friends and begins to make headway. But so are the Drymn as they eat their way across planetary systems.

Why are they doing this and what do the Ro has to do with it? These are only some of the questions Mac must answer, before the species' migration brings them to Earth and all Mac holds dear. The unusual sequel that doesn't suffer for being the middle book of a trilogy. Highly recommended for fans of well-written science fiction featuring strong women, intelligent aliens, and lots of biology.

First Line : By what measure should we condemn ourselves? Best known for his political alliance with Ayaan Hirsi Ali and his opposition to what he sees as Islam's incompatibility with Western culture. It's a soulless life with no privacy and no stability, because he must constantly move around to keep his identity secret. I'd never be able to stand it, but somehow Wilders has manage to endure.

There's a lot of exaggeration about Islam, but reading it after the Paris attacks, there are also some insights that seem remarkably prescient. Wilders may make people uncomfortable, but his position certainly has a place in the greater conversation about the West's relationship with migrants and with Islam. An interesting book by a very controversial politician. Whatever you may think about his politics, Wilders will make you think. Which is what I value most in books about politics and current events.

First Line : On January 1, , at p. Not that the book ever actually mentions that bit, it just says they couldn't marry. Nicholas is depicted as a youth who wants to do good and live up the model set by his late parents and by his uncle the local bishop, so when he realizes his neighbors' situation, he comes up with a plan. What really makes this book is Vladislav Andrejev 's illustrations, done in the style of Eastern Orthodox iconography.

For anyone who likes good illustrations or is looking for Saint Nicholas stories that focus on the saint instead of Santa Claus. First Line : Once upon a time there was a boy named Nicholas. It's opening night and anyone who's anyone is there. They get more than they paid for though, when the play's hero ends up shot on stage. The shooter hangs himself, but a theatre-loving investigator and his journalist son think that more is going on. What follows a series of farces, as the two follow leads around the London and beyond. Just what is the ingenue up to and where did she disappear to?

How did the victim acquire two widows? And just what direction did the bullet actually come from? It's up to our unlikely duo to find out. Don't take it too seriously, because it sure doesn't. There's some police procedure somewhere, it just gets lost in the comedic moments. Recommended for lovers of golden age mysteries, father-son investigative teams, and theatrical fiction.

First Line : M. Then one day she hears a voice. Her chick has decided it wants to be born on Easter and wants to know how many days are left. Hilda doesn't know, so she asks the other barn animals who direct her to a wise owl. He teaches Hilda and her chick how to count to Easter: it's the first Sunday after the first full moon of Spring. A cute book that is so fun you forget you are learning. There aren't that many Easter books that aren't either about bunnies or Bible stories, so it certainly fills a useful niche. Lent is coming up, so it's the perfect time to pick up The Easter Chick from your library, so you can count down the days with Hilda and her chick.

First Line : Hilda had laid the most beautiful egg, and she fussed over it lovingly. Mac and Nik continue their long-distance quasi-relationship as their responsibilities drag them to opposite ends of space. Mac has Emily back, but needs to keep her occupied as Mac herself travels to Myriam to investigate the Dhryn's evolutionary past.

But she never makes it. The Ro will do anything to stop Mac, even if Mac still hasn't figured out why. Meanwhile we learn a lot about the Dhryn and how they lived before their fatal meeting with the Ro. Which is good, because what Mac does eventually figure out takes her back to Earth where the time for the final reckoning has come. An excellent trilogy that combines evolutionary biology with the best kind of science fiction.

Highly recommended for fans of science fiction with strong female protagonists, science fiction about science, or well-written stories. First Line : The portents will come. Beginning with the Annunciation it continues through the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth and the journey to Bethlehem. After the birth the book continues with the arrival of shepherds and wise men and the slaughter of the Innocents ending with Joseph's dream and the flight to Egypt. The last page has a nice allusion to Easter that is subtle in a way I don't normally associate with picture books, but is really the perfect ending.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not Giotto 's greatest fan—I really don't like the way he paints eyes—but there is something to be said about picture books using classic art. It's a great way to expose children to the great artists without forcing it on them, like hiding zucchini in chocolate muffins.

Overall, definitely one to include in the Christmas picture book collection. First Line : One morning in the spring, a voice sounded in Mary's house. Our hero is a rather confused average Brit, who is in love with Anna. First he lost her to a search for New Age completion, and now he's shocked to discover that she wants to be a Catholic nun. When she invites him to visit her in Ireland, he thinks he may still have a chance. But was it all a misunderstanding? After he's in a car accident, he stumbles into the office of the Gentle Traditionalist, who promises to explain everything that's separating him from Anna and how he might still win her.

For the narrator, it's a trip through the rabbit hole to a world view completely different from his. But for anyone looking for a painless introduction to traditional Catholic thought albeit a particularly European strain , it's a journey they'll want to take. A unique book and probably best described as Sophie's World meets Father Brown , I've never read anything quite like it.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in modern Catholic fiction, traditional Catholic philosophy, or Irish Catholic culture. First Line : GPL. Those are my initials. January Reading Round-Up! Books Read : 26 Genre Fiction - 15 - If you've ever wondering about how your beer came to be or just like interesting graphic non-fiction, it's worth picking up.

The authors certainly know their beer, although their history or maybe just their grasp of Catholicism seems a bit too popularized to be completely accurate. Using the frame narrative of a beer novice who has to pick up some suds for a party for some foodies, the book tells beer's story from the very beginning.

Once we read the middle ages, each chapter also features profiles of one or two well-known types of beer that originate in that era. Whatever you might think about the value of graphic-format works, if you grab this one, it's guaranteed that you'll finish knowing a lot more about beer than you though possible.

Recommended for beer fans and those interesting in interesting graphic-format non-fiction. There is a particular focus on antibiotics, because they appear to be the main culprit, but other factors are also discussed in detail. Research is increasingly suggesting that these "missing microbes" may be responsible for the rise of many illnesses and conditions that were uncommon, if not unheard of, before the modern era. The book can probably be divided into four sections: introduction to microbes, why are the microbes disappearing, what effect does the lack of these microbes have on our health, and what we can do about it.

My grandfather and his three siblings caught diphtheria in November Living in the country, half of them died because my great-grandparents waited to late for the father to ride into town and get a doctor. I would really prefer not to get dragged back into that time, so I try to avoid antibiotics except when absolutely necessary.

This makes me automatically sympathetic to Blaser's arguments, but for those skeptical about the pitfalls and dangers of antibiotics or who think all bacteria are bad , there are 36 pages of endnotes to back up his claims in the text. A well-written, highly accessible book about a topic that will only become more prominent in health science debates as research continues. First Line : I never knew two of my father's sisters. He is a seer who may be mad and she is fresh off a Romanian dinosaur hunt, what could possibly go wrong? Abigail ran away from her English home to hunt for dinosaur fossils in Romania, when that didn't work, she decided to go home, but then decided America sounded less threatening than facing her parents.

So she ends up in New Fiddlesham with no money, no friends, and no employment. A chance encounter with the enigmatic Jackaby changes that and she becomes his assistant. Before she can acclimate herself to her new position, she finds herself knee deep in murder. A local man has been murdered and exsanguinated and Jackaby has decided that he is on the case—even if the local police want him very, very far away. When Jackaby predicts another murder, it appears New Fiddlesham is in great trouble indeed. If only he and Abigail weren't the prime suspects!

A fun historical fantasy, that is so fantastical, you don't notice all the anachronisms. Highly recommended for fans of unusual or detective YA novels. First Line : It was late January, and New England wore a fresh coat of snow as I stepped along the gangplank to the shore. By the time they get there the transformation is complete and the cat is now living in a bowl and has a litter of scaly kittens.

Jackaby takes them back home and reveals them to be chameleomorphs : predators that take on the appearance of their prey in order to live among them and feed at will. Abigail is excited about the discovery of dinosaur bones in nearby Gad's Valley, which just so happens to be where everyone's favorite police officer had to move after it was revealed that he was a dog shifter.

Jackaby is focused on the chameleomorphs and rejects a visit to the bones—until the chameleomorphs' previous owner is found murdered in a strange way that matches deaths in Gad's Valley. So a visit to the bones and Charlie is in order. And that's where the adventure truly begins. This one suffers a bit from middle-of-the-trilogy-itis, and is really just one big set up for the last book.

Not that it isn't fun in its own way, it just seems a bit pointless in the greater scheme of things. Kind of like the monster. But book three is going to be the investigation of Jenny's murder, so I am very excited for September when it's due out. Instead of just history in fossils, it is better to think of this book as history in case studies. Each chapter contains a short history of one facet of Earth's evolutionary history organized around one fossil, but not dominated by it.

At the end of each chapter is a short reference list and a feature telling where you can see the fossils or replicas of the fossils in person. This is supplemented by an appendix containing lists of the best natural history museums in the US and around the world. It's all a lot of fun, although the author does get preachy in the last two chapters, the ones about our direct human ancestors, to the extent that I skimmed them more than read them. Otherwise, it's an accessible introduction to a very important area of science.

I was recently introduced to the concept of teaching through living books vs. But since each chapter is self-contained, they can easily be avoided. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the history of life or the fossils that tell us all we know about it. Each saint has a picture with a short description as well as several rhyming lines of verse about their lives. In that it is very much a book of its time. What is remarkable now is that it was geared towards children, whereas our educational system has changed so much in the ensuing century that kind of doggrel is encountered much later, if at all.

Although it is technically a children's book, the level of writing means that it is equally enjoyable for adults with an interest in poetry. The art nouveau print illustrations are also worth a view. Recommended for Benson fans as well as those looking for solid Catholic children's books. Emphasis is put on the fact that he struggled academically and almost couldn't become a priest, but still managed not only to become a priest but also to become a saint.

Which is a fairly good lesson as such lessons go. Vianney was born to a poor family in a time when priests were banned by the revolutionary French government. By the time this was changed, he had a lot of catching up to do and struggled in the seminary. When he received the parish of Ars, he arrived to find hardly anyone attended services.

By hard work and personal devotion, he not only changed things locally, but soon become known throughout France. An interesting take on an interesting life. There are not as many pictures in this one, so it is probably best for intermediate readers or reading aloud. First Line : Those of us who find it difficult to study should be very interested in a boy by the name of John Baptist Vianney. The first chapter is the story of a family the author knew in Kazakhstan. The next couple of chapters are the author's thoughts on the proper reception of the Eucharist in the mouth, not in the hand , and then there is a chapter of excerpts from writers particularly Pope Paul VI about the importance of receiving in the mouth, then there are some prayers, and then some concluding thoughts.

The overall whole is interesting, but I think Dominus Est is the better book. Still, if you liked that book, or are interesting in Schneider or in current issues involving the Eucharist, you may way to pick this one up. Lindsay is telling her son Cole a bedtime story about her grandfather, Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian who joins the army during World War I and buys a bear cub from a trapper on the way to Britain that he names Winnipeg after his hometown.

Throughout the story, Cole interrupts his mother with questions and no, this is not a kissing book , which makes the story accessible and gets readers thinking along with Cole. I'm a great fan of Sophie Blackall 's illustrations are excellent and perfectly complement the text. A must-read for Pooh fans or anyone who enjoys quality picture books. Highly recommended for reading aloud or reading alone, as long as you read it!

First Line : "Could you tell me a story? Instead of historical Portugal, we are now in an entirely new world with its own rules and order. Mikael Lee dreams of murder and death while Shironne lives his visions. They have never met, because others have felt it safer that way. But a series of murders means that this is going to change.

And nothing will be the same again. Because in a world where power is shifting, and the balance between ethnic groups is delicate, someone is unleashing chaos and only Mikael and Shironne can stop him. A very interesting start to a new series, there's a lot of world-making here, and I still think there are bits that need to be resolved. The blind heroine with extreme touch sensitivity is an interesting POV that I haven't encountered before, although Cheney has explored the possibilities of touch sensitivity in some of her short fiction.

The next book apparently picks up a month later, and I can't wait to see what has happened in the meantime. Recommended for fans of Cheney's other works or interesting fantasy in general. First Line : Liran Prifata's dove gray uniform jacket lay to one side, his shirt tangled with it, pale blotches on the bare dirt.

In this case, a chance encounter between a young man, a beautiful girl, and a dead man turns into a cross country chase around England. The police chase the man who chases the girl who seems to be fleeing for her life. But what is behind these mysterious deaths and just what is the significance of the "Z" medallions left at the scene? Only time will tell, but there may not be any time left. A fun thriller. I liked Mystery in White better, but this one is still very good. Highly recommended for fans of golden age mysteries, retro thrillers, or British travel.

First Line : Places, like people, have varying moods, and the moods of London are legion. All of the famous ones are here, plus a couple of lesser known women of the faith. Some sections are smaller, while Saints Therese and Bernadette have longer stories dedicated to them. Each section has the original title page with the author and illustrations names as well as the imprimatur. The best part are the very retro mid-century illustrations, which is a style that I am very fond of. A nice collection of stories of women who lived their lives for Christ and the Church, written for early readers.

Ross Tremayne is a young widow who captain's her late husband's privateer ship in his name as part of the wars against Napoleon. When she visits her mother for the first time in years, she receives a strange inheritance: a box, a brother, and a man out for her blood. All she wants is to go back to sea, and her husband's ghost would like that as well, but fate has other plans in store and if she wants to survive she may have no choice. It's got everything you'd expect for an historical pirate fantasy.

But somehow it just didn't meld the way it should have or at least the way I thought it should have. But book two sends us off to visit some wolf shifters in Yorkshire, so I'm hoping things will be a bit smoother now that we're off and running. Recommended for fan of interesting historical romantic fantasy that don't mind a few rough edges. First Line : The stuffy bedroom stank of sickness, with an underlying taint of old lady, stale urine, and unwashed clothes, poorly disguised with attar of roses. The song discusses how all kinds of people became saints, and the illustrator, Judith Gwyn Brown , has interpreted the lyrics though the medium of a parish play.

The artwork has just the right touch of nostalgia, but I'm not sure if that was done on purpose or just the effect of year-old fashions in art. I really liked it. But you may also like it if you're interesting in good, quality illustrations or picture books about saints. First Line : I sing a song of the saints of God, Patient and brave and true, Who toiled and fought and lived and died For the Lord they loved and knew. The apparent suicide and possible murder of her father brings reporter Dallas Phillips back to her hometown from the bright lights of Charleston and back into contact with Trey, her old childhood sweetheart who is now the town's chief of police.

Her father, Trey's mother, and two other classmates were involved in a terrible accident after their high school graduation. One died and the other three were too injured and drunk to remember what happened. But now Trey's mother is dreaming and her dreams contain her fractured memories of that night. Meanwhile, Dallas's family farm is about to be foreclosed upon. Her father never mentioned anything to her, but it appears that he had a plan and did not want to call upon her to help him.

So she sets about trying to figure out his secret and do it herself.


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Trey, of course, is more than happy to help. Especially, since it seems that someone has it out for Dallas, just like they had it out for her father. A fun thriller about coming home and reclaiming lost love. The dream segments are interesting and clearly something very bad happened but knowing Sala, we won't find out what until book 3. Highly recommended for fans of romantic thrillers and childhood sweethearts. First Line : The cackle of hens and the occasional squawk of a pissed-off rooster were the beginning to Dick Phillips's day as he went about his morning chores.

Trey's mother is still dreaming back her memory, and now she is the only one of the four still alive. Meanwhile, Mack's high school girlfriend is back in town after she inherits her parents' house and naturally because it's that kind of book she's being stalked. The two did not part well, but he still loves her enough not to let a crazy stalker kill her. Together they investigate his father's death and the identity of her stalker, but the hunters in Mystic are both busy and secretive, and time is running out. Not quite is good as the first book, but then again second books rarely are.

The third book comes out at the end of March, and we'll finally find out all the secrets someone is willing to kill to keep quiet. First Line : It began with phone calls in the night. Now some might wonder why I read a Christmas book in February, but the truth is my library hold took almost two months to come in, so I figured it was better late than never.

It's Christmas time in Russia and Alexi is listening to his grandmother tell stories of what Christmas was like when she was a girl, before the soldiers came. Alexi wonders why they can't celebrate Christmas like that anymore, but as his grandmother reminds him, it has been sixty years since the soldiers came and shut down the church and the priest disappeared. But Alexi decides to try anyway and low and behold a miracle happens. A unique and memorable story that should be added to Christmas picture book collections everywhere. Which was my biggest issue with the book and may be an issue with older children readers as well , because there is no way a cat can be that old!

But it's a lovely book besides that and a good way to introduce the younger set to Pope Benedict. We also get to meet Mr. Smith, an English adventurer who has come to stay with Amir's in-laws while documenting their way of life. But the events at the end of Volume one to to fruition, and her family has come to take her back and give her to another clan in marriage. Will she be forced to accompany them and leave her new family behind, or will she find a way to resist their demands?

I really like this manga. A perfect way to introduce someone to manga who thinks they don't like manga, the series is accessible and really shows the flexibility of the format. But you'll want to start with volume one first. First Line :. Just when the crash appears to be a clear case of suicide, the investigators uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy with links to the continent. But just who killed the airman and when did they do it—You'll have to read all the way to the end to find out. An exciting golden age murder mystery complete with an eccentric crime-solving cleric, what could be more fun.

First Line : A young woman with a reddish face and horn-rimmed glasses appeared suddenly out of a door marked "Manager, Baston Aero Club". Having taken over the practice from her father, she finds herself 37 and alone wishing for a child but with no man in sight. However, her practice is about to get a new doctor, which should make things easier but naturally only gives her more stress. Instead she contents herself with helping her neighbors including her eccentric aunt Myrna, who's husband disappeared twenty years ago and who makes her money writing about women who murder their husbands.

And there's also the issue of the skirt-chasing minister. A constant worry in the area are illegal marijuana grows and the armed men who run them. Rumor is that a raid is coming soon, but the locals have long gotten used to the roving DEA helicopters. However, one night June receives unexpected armed visitors seeking medical treatment, and her life will never be the same. A fun cozy bit of fiction with just the right mixture of fluff and dark reality. First Line : June stood in the shower a little longer than usual, preoccupied with a conversation she would have later in the day.

The minister is gone, but so is Jim, June's secret federal agent boyfriend. Which makes it even more awkward when her old high school boyfriend turns up divorced with twin sons. He wants to get back together, and she can't tell him the truth about why she won't. Plus his two sons are wrecking havoc across the town and may in up in jail if he's not too careful. Then there's the new minister to get settled in, plus the usual issues with domestic abuse and hospital staffing. But Jim will be able to retire after this one last mission, so maybe things are looking up after all.

All-in-all, it's more cozy fun in the California hills, and who can complain about that. First Line : June Hudson had nerves of steel. Everything had been tied up nicely at the end of Just Over the Mountain , but duologies are apparently not good enough so this third book was produced. So now to generate a book's worth of plot, June gets cold feet about marrying Jim and we finally get to find out what happened to Aunt Myrna's husband. It might have made a nice e-book only novella, but I guess they didn't have those in the early s so it had to be stretched out into novel-length.

Highly missable, read it only if you loved book 2. First Line : Dr. June Hudson awoke to the ringing of the phone. A combination of memoir, airplane crash history, and psychic investigation, it tells the story of Eastern Air Lines Flight , which crashed into the Everglades in December and the stories of ghost sightings that happened in Eastern Air Lines planes for the next couple of years.

The rumor was that the captain and officer Don Repo continued to haunt planes that carried parts reused from the crashed aircraft. This part is the best bit of the book and makes for really interesting reading. It's only when the author delves deeper into parapsychology and decides to try to contact dead officer Don Repo with a Ouija board that it gets ridiculous.

Whatever you believe about ghosts, it's a very interesting read, however, you may want to skip the last few chapters. One to check out from the library first. First Line : I have been conditioned all my life to think that there are no such things as ghosts. It's one of my favorites in terms of artwork. The pre-pub reviews had made me think there were elements there that were not, so for those of you who haven't been trawling through the likes Kirkus and LibraryJournal won't have the same mental baggage as I did.

And A Bride's Story is fabulous for all kinds of reasons, artwork definitely included. Told from the point of view of the heroine's younger brother-in-law, who is the only male left in the family because everyone else is off fighting the Second World War. Therefore, Jamilia ends up doing work that women would normally never dream of doing, such as hauling grain to the train depot so it can be sent to feed soldiers on the front.

Her mother-in-law does not want her going alone so she travels with the narrator and a crippled soldier returned from the fighting. Over the course of their journey the narrator watches something beautiful unfold, even as he also fears it and knows that as the eldest male in the family he should put a stop to it. But even the most amazing journeys come to an end, and rumors are flying that Jamilia's husband will return home soon. In a world in which women have little power and family is everything, what choices does she have. A very atmospheric work featuring a part of the world little-known outside its immediate neighborhood.

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Recommended for those who like good novellas or subtle romances. First Line : Wieder einmal stehe ich vor dem kleinen Bild mit dem schlichten, schmalen Rahmen. My Translation from the German: Once again I stand before the little picture with the simple, narrow frame.

February Reading Round-Up! I added a new feature to this month's reading round-up: "Discovery of the Month". This is for a book that wildly exceeded my expectations. It may not have been the best book I read, but it's certainly worth remembering. Hannah wishes she had curly black hair and got to wear flowery bonnets and pantalettes like her non-Quaker best friend Cecily.

Instead she has straight blond hair and wears a plain bonnet that pinches her ears. Her antics drive her parents a bit crazy, but they never give her a good reason except that basically that that's what they do and that she needs to remember that she's a Quaker, it's rather understandable on my end. I'm not sure if the lack of reasoning was because the author was not a Quaker or was actually accurate, but if it was historically accurate than it really isn't surprising that plain dressing mostly died out within Hannah's natural lifetime.

Besides learning about Quaker life, the book also discusses slavery and the underground railroad and indeed Hannah finally figures out what it means to be Quaker when she encounters a runaway slave. Mostly it's a story about growing up and wanting to fit and accepting yourself as you are, something that is just as true now as it was in when the book was published.

De Angeli's illustrations are lovely, and the plot is amusing, even if the argument for Quaker plain dress is really weak, plus it has an exclamation mark in the title—"Thee, Hannah! Overall, it's a quality bit of juvenile historical fiction, probably more for girls than boys, because its message is delivered via 90 pages of dresses and bonnets. First Line : "Nine o'clock, and all's well! On the book news front, Amazon has put up the cover image for the final Jackaby novel, Ghostly Echoes , in which our detective duo finally investigate Jenny's murder—and it's purple!

August cannot come soon enough. The two meet for the first time when she discovers a newborn abandoned outside her church on a freezing winter's night. He offers her a ride-along later in the week so she can get to know the town better, only instead they find the baby's apparent mother. Thus begins a team effort to uncover the truth of the baby's paternity and the identity of his mother's killer. But between some desperate aspiring adoptive parents, supposed domestic violence, and yet another murder, there seem to be more questions than answers.

This was surprisingly good, managing to balance the fact that one of the protagonists is an ordained minister without sending the book into the "Christian fiction" genre. At the same time, Clare is obviously a minister who believes what she preaches. Perfect for those looking for contemporary mysteries with a twist. First Line : It was one hell of a night to throw away a baby. Many people ask the narrator whether she gets lonely wandering around the desert, but she says she isn't because she in charge of the celebrations.

Celebrations in this case meaning remembrances of really memorable days, such as the day she saw five dust devils or the night that she and a total stranger both watched a fireball in the sky. The illustrations are what makes the book, although Peter Parnall really doesn't do human faces well. The fireball page is especially worth looking at.

Overall, it's a fun book about the wonders of the American Southwest and the human ability to be alone without being lonely. There's also a strong environmentalist undercurrent about respecting nature. Recommended for early readers and those who like interesting illustrations. First Line : Sometimes people ask me, "Aren't you lonely out there with just desert around you?

Because of your stellar review of Death of an Airman and that it was one of your best of the month, it now on my wish list. In the Bleak Midwinter sounds good, too. I look forward to more of your selections and reflections. In A Fountain Filled With Blood police chief Russ Van Alstyne must battle his personal beliefs about homosexuality with his desire to maintain law and order and to not drive off customers from local small businesses. Naturally Clare doesn't think he goes far enough and shoots off some words that she comes to regret. Meanwhile, a local developer is fighting off rumors of environmental pollution and clean up costs.

He happens to be gay, so when Clare discovers him dead on a late night stroll the question becomes whether the people beating up gay men have escalated or whether it is the work of an environmentalist copy-cat. There are no easy answers, as our heroes soon discover. About the attacks or about their friendship. Not quite as good as book 1 but few second books are. What was probably a cutting-edge theme in , now seems a bit preachy, but the issue is still very much alive today. Recommended for those who enjoyed the first book, those new to the series will want to start there.

First Line : The yahoos came by just after the dinner party broke up. Diphtheria, a pet subject of mine, plays a major role in the plot, 2. The story utilizes flashbacks that actually work as part of the narrative, 3. We finally get to meet Linda. Russ and Clare are still trying to figure out the whole platonic friendship thing, because both realize that that is the only option.

Clare also has bigger fish to fry: the church's roof needs to be replaced and she has no idea where the parish will find the money to fix it. Now it's her turn to take centre stage. The only child of a single mum, and her life is less privileged than her friends. Her mum knows she's bisexual, but Leah hasn't mustered the courage to tell her friends.

Not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. Prom and college are on the horizon, and tensions are running high. Can Leah still strike the right note, when the people she loves are fighting? And how can she cope knowing that she might love one of her friends more than she ever intended? I love you! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book.

Bookseller 'Funny, moving and emotionally wise' Kirkus Reviews starred 'It made me laugh, cry and all the fifty shades of emotions I can think of right now. There is literally no adjectives that would be suffice to describe how brilliant this book is' Goodreads 5 star review 'I think I just felt my heart explode in my chest' Goodreads 5 star review 'One of the most electric, authentic characters I've ever read. I LOVE this book. LOVE it. Five freaking stars.

And the more awkward it is, the better. Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal. She has become a cigarette-smoking, wise-cracking, New York career woman, who is in love with a married man. But when Ronit's father dies she is called back into the very different world of her childhood, a world she thought she had left far behind.

The orthodox Jewish suburb of Hendon, north London is outraged by Ronit and her provocative ways. But Ronit is shocked too by the confrontation with her past. And when she meets up with her childhood girlfriend Esti, she is forced to think again about what she has left behind. Twelve wonderful tales of adventure, science, magic, monsters and time travel - featuring all twelve Doctors - are waiting for you in this very special Doctor Who book.

And now they're joined by a very exciting, and very exclusive, new tale - written by Naomi Alderman, author of The Power - that will star the Thirteenth Doctor, as she battles to save the universe with her three close and trusted friends. Flames lit up the sky and radiation escaped to contaminate the land and poison the people for years to come. While officials tried to hush up the accident, Svetlana Alexievich spent years collecting testimonies from survivors - clean-up workers, residents, firefighters, resettlers, widows, orphans - crafting their voices into a haunting oral history of fear, anger and uncertainty, but also dark humour and love.

A chronicle of the past and a warning for our nuclear future, Chernobyl Prayer shows what it is like to bear witness, and remember in a world that wants you to forget. As Muhammad Ali approached the end of his astonishing boxing career, he strove to embrace a new purpose and role in life beyond the ring. It was a role that would see him take centre stage as an ambassador for peace and friendship, whilst at the same time attempting to find balance and harmony with his many commitments and responsibilities as a husband, devoted father, son and friend.

In the s Ali began recording a series of audio diaries, mostly in his LA home. Through these private tapes, as well as personal journals, love lettersand many never-before-seen photographs, we discover Ali the family man and see how, despite the complexities of his personal life, he went to extraordinary lengths to keep all of his nine children united and to help others - be they family, friend or stranger. We also hear of the everyday adventures the family experienced, with visitors such as Michael Jackson, Clint Eastwood and John Travolta dropping by.

It is a moving and poignant letter of love and affection from a daughter to a father. He was tried as an adult and sentenced to thirteen years behind bars. After growing up in prison Michael was then released aged 26, only to be murdered three years later. In this deeply personal yet clear-eyed memoir, Danielle Allen reconstructs her cousin's life to try and understand how this tragedy was the end result.

We become intimate with Michael's experience, from his first steps to his first love, and with the events of his arrest, his coming of age in prison, and his attempts to make up for lost time after his release. We learn what it's like to grow up in a city carved up by invisible gang borders; and we learn how a generation has been lost.

With breathtaking bravery and intelligence, Cuz circles around its subject, viewing it from all angles to expose a shocking reality. The result is both a personal and analytical view of a life that wields devastating power. This is the new American tragedy. Couldn't put it down. One tough cookie! That is a mistake. What happened in Russia - what happened to me - could happen anywhere. When I was jailed for political protest, I learned that prison doesn't just teach you to follow the rules.

It teaches you to think that you can never break them. It's inevitable that the prison gates will open at some point. But this doesn't mean that you leave the 'prisoner' category and go straight into the category of 'the free'. Freedom does not exist unless you fight for it every day. This is the story about how I made a choice. The Rub of Time comprises superb critical pieces on Amis's heroes Nabokov, Bellow and Larkin to brilliantly funny ruminations on sport, Las Vegas, John Travolta and the pornography industry.

The collection includes his essay on Princess Diana and a tribute to his great friend Christopher Hitchens, but at the centre of the book, perhaps inevitably, are essays on politics, and in particular the American election campaigns of and One of the very few consolations of Donald Trump's rise to power is that Martin Amis is there to write about him. From the Pilgrim Fathers onward America has been a place where renegades and freaks came in search of freedom to create their own realities with little objectively regulated truth standing in their way.

The freedom to invent and believe whatever the hell you like is, in some ways, an unwritten constitutional right. But, this do-your-own-thing freedom also is the driving credo of America's current transformation where the difference between opinion and fact is rapidly crumbling. So how did we get to this weird pseudo-reality, where science and objective facts are dismissed in favour of opinions and wild speculation, or indeed, fantasies? The post truth, fake news, free-for-all mentality isn't exactly a new phenomenon. If you want to understand Trump's America, how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you have to go back to the very beginning and take a dizzying road trip across five centuries of crackpot delusion and make-believe from Salem to Scientology.

Fantasyland is a journey that connects the dots between crazed franchises of true believers - a rich freak show tapestry from Mormons to Flat-Earthers and satanic panic, new age quacks to anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists of every stripe, creationists to climate change deniers, UFO-obsessives to gun-toting libertarians, showmen hucksters from P T Barnum to Trump himself, all topped off with a dangerous dose of anti-government paranoia and pseudoscience.

Along the way, New York Times bestselling author Kurt Andersen has created a unique and raucous history of America and a new paradigm for understanding our post-factual world.


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  • The first mention of espionage in world literature is in the Book of Exodus. From there, Christopher Andrew traces the shift in the ancient world from divination to what we would recognize as attempts to gather real intelligence in the conduct of military operations, and considers how far ahead of the West - at that time - China and India were.

    He charts the development of intelligence and security operations and capacity through, amongst others, Renaissance Venice, Elizabethan England, Revolutionary America, Napoleonic France, right up to sophisticated modern activities of which he is the world's best-informed interpreter.

    What difference have security and intelligence operations made to course of history? Why have they so often forgotten by later practitioners? This fascinating book provides the answers. It is one of the most devastating episodes in the history of the twentieth century. With unprecedented authority and detail, Red Famine investigates how this happened, who was responsible, and what the consequences were. It is the fullest account yet published of these terrible events. The book draws on a mass of archival material and first-hand testimony only available since the end of the Soviet Union, as well as the work of Ukrainian scholars all over the world.

    It includes accounts of the famine by those who survived it, describing what human beings can do when driven mad by hunger. It shows how the Soviet state ruthlessly used propaganda to turn neighbours against each other in order to expunge supposedly 'anti-revolutionary' elements. It also records the actions of extraordinary individuals who did all they could to relieve the suffering. The famine was rapidly followed by an attack on Ukraine's cultural and political leadership - and then by a denial that it had ever happened at all.

    Census reports were falsified and memory suppressed. Some western journalists shamelessly swallowed the Soviet line; others bravely rejected it, and were undermined and harassed. The Soviet authorities were determined not only that Ukraine should abandon its national aspirations, but that the country's true history should be buried along with its millions of victims. Red Famine, a triumph of scholarship and human sympathy, is a milestone in the recovery of those memories and that history. At a moment of crisis between Russia and Ukraine, it also shows how far the present is shaped by the past.

    First, it was the wild horses. Now it's innocent men and women, hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. Lost in the darkness, they try to flee, they try to hide. In desperation, they call out for help. But there is no-one to hear their cries here DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims hang from the New Forest's ancient oaks, like pieces of strange fruit. Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season? And what do their murders signify? Is a psychopath stalking the forest? Is there an occult element to the killings?

    Could the murders even be an offering to the Forest itself? Helen must walk into the darkness to discover the truth behind her most challenging, most macabre case yet. Arlidge's fledgling army of fans is about to grow' Sunday Sport 'Eeny Meeny debuts one of the best new series detectives, Helen Grace. Determined, tough and damaged, she must unravel a terrifying riddle of a killer kidnapping victims in pairs. It has a devious premise. DI Helen Grace is fiendishly awesome. It's scary as all hell. From the origins of spiritual thought to the concept of an active, engaged, divine presence that underlies all creation, Aslan examines how the idea of god arose in human evolution, was gradually personalized, endowed with human traits and emotions, and eventually transformed into a single Divine Personality: the God known today by such names as Yahweh, Father, and Allah.

    Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, God challenges everything we thought we knew about the origins of religious belief, and with it our relationship with life and death, with the natural and spiritual worlds, and our understanding of the very essence of human existence. And it had seemed like one. A bit of a lark, she had thought. A Girl's Own adventure. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying.

    But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

    Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of this country's most exceptional writers. In a tale of feuds, grandiose dreams and a struggle for supremacy between rival strategies and their adherents, Philip Augar gives a riveting account of Barclays' journey from an old Quaker bank to a full-throttle capitalist machine. The disagreement between those ambitious for Barclays to join the top table of global banks, and those preferring a smaller domestic role more in keeping with the bank's traditions, cost three chief executives their jobs and continues to divide opinion within Barclays, the City and beyond.

    This is an extraordinary corporate thriller, which among much else describes how Barclays came to buy Lehman Brothers for a bargain price in , why it was so keen to avoid taking government funding during the financial crisis, and the price shareholders have paid for a decade of barely controlled ambition. But Augar also shows how Barclays' experiences are a paradigm for Britain's social and economic life over thirty years, which saw the City move from the edge of the economy to its very centre. These decades created unprecedented prosperity for a tiny number, and made the reputations of governments and individuals but then left many of them in tatters.

    The leveraged society, the winner-takes-all mentality and our present era of austerity can all be traced to the influence of banks such as Barclays. Augar's book tells this rollercoaster story from the perspective of many of its participants - and also of those affected by the grip they came to have on Britain. The father has a story he needs to share before it's too late. As he tells his son about a courageous little girl lying in a hospital bed a few miles away, he reveals even more about himself; his triumphs in business, his failures as a parent, his past regrets, his hopes for the future.

    Now, on this night before Christmas, the father has been given the unexpected chance to do something remarkable that could change the destiny of a little girl he hardly knows. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he must find out what his own life has actually been worth, and only his son can reveal the answer. With humour and compassion, Fredrik Backman's The Deal of a Lifetime reminds us that life is a fleeting gift, and our legacies rest in how we share that gift with those we love.

    Tucked in a forest in the frozen north, Beartown's residents are tough and hardworking. They don't expect life to be easy, but they do expect it to be fair. Which is why the sudden loss of their hockey players to the rival town of Hed hurts. Everyone needs something to cheer for in the long winter nights. Now they have nothing. So when a new star player arrives, Coach Peter sees an opportunity to rebuild the team - to take on Hed and restore Beartown's fortunes.

    But not everyone in town sees it his way. As the big game between both towns approaches, the rivalry turns bitter and all too real. Once the stands rumbled with threats to 'kill' and 'ruin' each other, but the residents didn't mean it. Now they do. By the time the last goal is scored, someone in Beartown will be dead. Us Against You is the story of two towns, two teams and what it means to believe in something bigger than yourself. It's about how people come together - sometimes in anger, often in sorrow, but also through love.

    And how, when we stand together, we can bring a town back to life. Escape to Greece with the perfect feel-good book to read on the beach this summer. Abby Dolan is having a very bad day In twenty-four hours, she's lost her job and her boyfriend. Single and with nothing left to lose, she's headed for a Corfu escape to spend time with her family while she heals her broken heart.

    Only her mum and sister's estate agency 'Desperately Seeking' is just that, desperate! Instead of the relaxing, sunshine holiday she'd hoped for, Abby finds herself spending her break helping get the business back on its feet. Determined to attract new clients and give her family a second chance at success, she finds the perfect property to sell in Villa Pappas complete with gorgeous gardener, Theo. Perhaps working this summer could be a welcome distraction after all. But Theo has his own secrets and Abby isn't the only thing he wants to take off the market A fun, festive romantic comedy to curl up with this winter.

    A festive break in the snowy Big Apple visiting the tourist hotspots, not to mention the shopping, seems like the perfect way for Lara to get over her ex-. Or maybe make him so jealous he begs for a second chance. Enlisting the help of gorgeous actor, Seth Hunt, doesn't quite go to plan, but there's something about him that has Lara wishing for a different kind of happy ever after This book already feels like a classic, one to be loved by every girl who reads it from now until the end of time.

    Discover the life of an apache warrior dubbed "strong as a man and braver than most of them", the only female Empress of China, three rebel sisters who toppled a fascist regime, a dancer who escaped poverty in America to become the darling of the Paris jazz scene and a resistance fighter, and a little girl who grew up to realise that being a witch is better than being a princess. Take in the stories of volcanologists, astronauts, animal whisperers, activists and explorers and feel ready to take on the world.

    Illustrated by award-winning Parisian artist Penelope Bagieu, humorous dialogue and uncommon true tales make Brazen an ideal book for anyone who loves trail blazers and courageous women, from Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls to The Handmaid's Tale.

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    She liked to daydream and imagine. And she grew up to write Frankenstein. The inspirational true story of the great writer Mary Shelley, brought to life for children in this stunning picture book by multi-award winning author Linda Bailey and with beautiful illustrations from Julia Sarda. Mary loves stories, but the stories in her daydreams are far more thrilling than those in any book.

    After a troubled childhood, eighteen-year-old Mary runs away to Switzerland with the famous poet Percy Bysse Shelley, her step-sister in tow. One dark and stormy night at his house by the lake, they huddle around the fire, telling ghost stories. But Mary can imagine better than those! After learning about electricity that can make dead frogs twitch, she has a nightmare that triggers the birth of one of the greatest scary stories of all time: Frankenstein Chosen as President Roosevelt's fourth term Vice President for his admired work ethic, good judgement and lack of enemies, Harry S.

    Truman was the prototypical ordinary man from small-town America. That is, until he was thrust in over his head following the sudden death of Roosevelt. With the world still caught up in the inferno of the Second World War, Truman found himself playing the roles of both judge and jury during the founding of the UN, the Potsdam Conference, the Manhattan Project, the German surrender, the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the decision to drop the Bomb and bring the war to the end.

    Tightly focused, meticulously researched and drawing on documentation not available to previous biographers, The Accidental President escorts readers into the situation room with Truman during this tumultuous, history-making four months - when the stakes were high and the challenges even higher. The Spin is at the end of its life and its diminished inhabitants are divided between those who live unknowingly in the relative paradise of one of hundreds of Virtual Realities - 'vrealities' - and those who scrape a living in what remains of the real world.

    But running the increasingly huge servers needed to maintain the vrealities is draining the last resources of the Spin, leading to conflict between those who tend the servers and those who believe they should simply be switched off, and so killing millions. There is one individual who divides his time between the real and the vrealities, finds himself caught up in this escalating and seemingly futile war.

    Meanwhile, in a remote star system, an ancient insectoid called Skarbo the Horologist observes The Spin. He has been doing so for several lifetimes. But now he notes the accelerating signs of decline in what he unfashionably considers to be a giant complex clock. And Skarbo too is about to die for the very last time. He had resigned himself to never visiting the object of his studies, but decides to make a last journey - travelling across a war-torn galaxy to what will be his final destination: the Spin. There he will learn of the artificial system's past - and its future - while there is one who will discover the real nature of the vrealities - and the part he has to play in their future.

    Returning to the extraordinarily-envisioned artificial planetary cluster called the Spin - Stone Clock is the third thrilling work of space opera from the acclaimed author of Creation Machine. What should she do now, and which way should she turn, in the emotional labyrinth where she has been trapped for so long? Reawakened by grief and the knowledge of having been grievously wronged, she determines to resume her youthful quest for freedom and independence. Soon Isabel must return to Italy and confront her husband, and seek to break his powerful hold on her.

    But will she succeed in outwitting him, and securing her revenge? Mrs Osmond is a masterly novel of betrayal, corruption and moral ambiguity, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea. His book is not only an impressive recreation of James's atmospheres and pacing, but also full of minor cliff-hangers and pageturning suspenses that keep you guessing' Observer 'John Banville is one of the best novelists in English, and an expert ventriloquist, among other things When a new virtual-reality version of the game brings her desires-and doubts-to life, one player must face her fears.

    Bianca has never been good at following the plan. She's more of an act-now, deal-with-the-consequences-later kind of person. But consequences can't be put off forever, as Bianca learns when she and her best friend, Lonnie, are in a terrible car crash. Waking up in the hospital, almost paralyzed by her injuries, Bianca is faced with questions she's not equipped to answer. She chooses instead to try a new virtual-reality version of Minecraft that responds to her every wish, giving her control over a world at the very moment she thought she'd lost it.

    As she explores this new realm, she encounters Esme and Anton, two kids who are also playing on the hospital server. The trio teams up to play through to the End, and hopefully to find Lonnie along the way. But the road to recovery isn't without its own dangers. The kids are swarmed by mobs seemingly generated by their fears and insecurities, and now Bianca must deal with the uncertainties that have been plaguing her: Is Lonnie really in the game?

    And can Bianca help him to return to reality with her? A player with Manchester City and Liverpool before the Second World War, Busby remained at the forefront of football through four decades and made an extraordinary contribution to the game in terms of both style and substance. In this definitive biography, Patrick Barclay looks back at Busby's phenomenal life and career, including the rise of the Busby Babes in the s, the Munich disaster that claimed 23 lives and the Wembley victory ten years on that made United the first English team to win the European Cup.

    This is the story of one of the greatest figures in football history, and of the making of a legacy that will last for ever. Some days you feel bullet proof. People listen to you, your meetings run like clockwork, and you keep having new ideas. Other days are like wading through quick sand.

    You can't get anything done, and when the printer jams again you want to quit. Wouldn't it be great if every day went your way? If you jumped out of bed every morning ready for anything? You can stand out, break the rules and make things happen. You can be a bit more 'Elvis'. You can love every minute. The only limit is you: your energy, your belief, your perspective.

    A brilliant and convincing book. How much is not? And most crucial of all: if we understood how our unconscious worked - if we knew why we do what we do - could we finally, fundamentally, know ourselves? From checking a dating app to holding a cup of coffee or choosing who to vote for, our unconscious secretly governs everything we feel, think and do. In Before You Know It, Dr John Bargh - the world's leading expert on the unconscious mind - reveals the psychological forces that are at work behind the scenes as we go about our daily lives, and offers simple steps to improve your sleep, boost your memory and live better.

    That is, I think, finally, the only real question. First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he's proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen. Tender and wise, The Only Story is a deeply moving novel by one of fiction's greatest mappers of the human heart. Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.

    And realises her life has been a lie. Her mother and father aren't hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they'll never think to look - the favelas. But there she learns a terrible secret - the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago.

    The People Vs Tech makes clear that there is still time - just - for us to take back control. Tech has radically changed the way we live our lives. But have we unwittingly handed too much away to shadowy powers behind a wall of code, all manipulated by a handful of Silicon Valley utopians, ad men, and venture capitalists?

    And, in light of recent data breach scandals around companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, what does that mean for democracy, our delicately balanced system of government that was created long before big data, total information and artificial intelligence? In this urgent polemic, Jamie Bartlett argues that through our unquestioning embrace of big tech, the building blocks of democracy are slowly being removed. The middle class is being eroded, sovereign authority and civil society is weakened, and we citizens are losing our critical faculties, maybe even our free will.

    The People Vs Tech is an enthralling account of how our fragile political system is being threatened by the digital revolution. Bartlett explains that by upholding six key pillars of democracy, we can save it before it is too late. We need to become active citizens; uphold a shared democratic culture; protect free elections; promote equality; safeguard competitive and civic freedoms; and trust in a sovereign authority. This essential book shows that the stakes couldn't be higher and that, unless we radically alter our course, democracy will join feudalism, supreme monarchies and communism as just another political experiment that quietly disappeared.

    It was the road where I might at last find out where I belonged. His great-grandmother would tell him stories of her childhood in the ancient Romani language; the places her family stopped and worked, the ways they lived, the superstitions and lores of their people. But his own experience of life on the road was limited to Ford Transit journeys from West Sussex to Hampshire to sell flowers.

    In a bid to better understand his Gypsy heritage, the history of the Britain's Romanies and the rhythms of their life today, Damian sets out on a journey to discover the atchin tans, or stopping places - the old encampment sites known only to Travellers. Through winter frosts and summer dawns, from horse fairs to Gypsy churches, neon-lit lay-bys to fern-covered banks, Damian lives on the road, somewhere between the romanticised Gypsies of old, and their much-maligned descendants of today.

    In this powerful and soulful debut, Damian le Bas brings the places, characters and stories of his to bold and vigorous life. She studies linguistics and literature, and spends a lot of time thinking about what language - and languages - can and cannot do. Along the way she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary.

    Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a failed writer, and how baffling love is. At once clever and clueless, Batuman's heroine shows us with perfect hilarity and soulful inquisitiveness just how messy it can be to forge a self. On a stifling summer's day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them.

    Jack's in charge, she'd said. I won't be long. But she doesn't come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever. Three years later, Jack is still in charge - of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they're alone in the house, and - quite. It gives you chills, it makes you think and it touches your heart. I loved it! She's a crime writing genius.

    When given her treatment options surgery, chemo and radiotherapy - she rises to her full five feet and says in the strongest voice she can muster: 'I'm ninety years old. I'm hitting the road! As the journey unfolds, Miss Norma finally spreads her wings and lives life on her own terms for the very first time. With each adventure a once timid Miss Norma says YES to living in the face of death - whether it's experiencing her very first pedicure or taking the hot air balloon ride her late husband never found time for.

    With each passing mile - and one hilarious visit to a cannabis dispensary - Miss Norma's health improves and conversations that had once been taboo begin to unfold. Norma, Tim and Ramie bond in ways they could never have anticipated and their definitions of home, family and friendship are rewritten as strangers become friends and shower them with kindness.

    Bursting with Miss Norma's generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma ignites a renewed sense of life, family, fun and self-discovery - at any age. Audra has finally left her abusive husband. She's taken the family car and her young children, Sean and Louise, are buckled up in the back.

    This is their chance for a fresh start. Audra keeps to the country roads to avoid attention. Then she spots something in her rear-view mirror. A police car is following her and the lights are flickering. Blue and red. As Audra pulls over she is intensely aware of how isolated they are. Her perfect escape is about to turn into a nightmare beyond her imagining He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American st and 82nd Airborne divisions.

    He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power. Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But could it ever have worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the. Dutch, who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war.

    The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called 'The Last German Victory'. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single, dramatic battle.

    It looks into the very heart of war. I have no reason to paint a better or worse picture than what really happened. I've already lost everything. Her husband is beside himself, or at least he appears to be. She has vanished into thin air; the only traces left are her bloodied clothes by the riverside. It isn't long before the police are searching for a body. But we know that she is alive. That she is being kept somewhere far from her family. That perhaps this wife and mother wasn't quite what she seemed Be warned: this isn't another missing-woman thriller.

    This is something far more shocking. What is the theory of relativity all about? Is light made of waves or particles? And how on earth can a levitating goat teach us about atomic structure? In this age of smartphones, artificial intelligence, supercolliders, supercomputers and other cutting-edge technology, we've lost touch with many of the most basic science concepts that launched our information age.

    For Bruce Benamren, science is about stories and characters. Why, for instance, did pirates wear eye patches? That's all to do with how the retina processes light. Pirates running down to the gun deck would have no time to let their eyes get used to the dark, so they kept one eye gun-deck ready. Bruce isn't pretending that science isn't tricky, but in simple, maths-free explanations and just-the-good-parts historical recaps, he shows us that the greatest scientific discoveries and theories don't have to remain beyond our grasp.

    Whether you haven't picked up a test tube since school and feel like you're missing out on something marvellous, or you're a professor who wants to look at the world with starry-eyed wonder again, How to Speak Science is a witty yet deeply revelatory exploration of the essential mysteries of the universe. Because if a goat can explain scientific theory, you can too. But the greatest limit of all remains undefeated: age. We're taught to believe that ageing thwarts effort and grace, talent and grit, outstanding teamwork and individual brilliance.

    But a new breed of top professionals - the likes of Roger Federer, Jo Pavey and Tom Brady - are overturning long-held assumptions about the duration of primetime in a sporting career. It's not that aging causes a decline in fitness; rather, a decline in fitness causes aging. Jeff Bercovici steps inside the lives of such ageless athletes, following them as they train, compete, and recover, to dispel conventional wisdom about longevity.

    Full of cutting-edge science, technology and practical tips, Play On empowers you to reverse the ageing process, and extend your peak years. More often than not, it is negative social evaluations real or imagined - that drive us to it. But what is it about the human brain that means that we may not only entertain suicidal thoughts but, in some cases, actually act upon them?

    Combining cutting-edge scientific research with investigative journalism, psychologist Jesse Bering takes a long hard look at the human fascination with self-slaughter. From the sprawling woods of Aokigahara, better known as the Japanese 'suicide forest' that lies in the shadow of Mount Fuji, to a parasitology lab in New Zealand where researchers are studying how invisible organisms hijack the brains of their rodent hosts and steer them in the path of hungry cats, we go on a sobering search for the scientific bases of suicide. In dealing with a volatile subject that simultaneously attracts and repulses, This Fatal Game is guaranteed to jump-start a new conversation about a perennial problem that knows no cultural or demographic boundaries.

    Roosevelt, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, Albert Einstein, Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova: Isaiah Berlin's Personal Impressions collects the essayist and intellectual historian's most remarkable portraits of prominent twentieth-century thinkers, writers and politicians. For this third, enlarged edition, ten new pieces have been added, including portraits of David Ben-Gurion, Maynard and Lydia Keynes, and Stephen Spender, as well as Berlin's autobiographical reflections on Jewish Oxford and his Oxford undergraduate years.

    Rich and enlightening, Personal Impressions is a vibrant demonstration of Berlin's belief that ideas truly live only through people. Pioneering psychotherapist Klaus Bernhardt's proven anxiety cure has helped thousands of sufferers lead a calmer, happier life fast. Whether you suffer from general anxiety, panic attacks or social anxiety, The Anxiety Cure will rid you of your fears once and for all. Using the latest research in neuroscience combined with the most useful elements of therapies such as CBT, hypnotherapy and positive psychology, The Anxiety Cure will introduce you to a powerful approach to stop anxiety in its tracks.

    Within just a few weeks, using tried and tested mind training and pattern breaker techniques, you will discover the real cause of your anxiety, learn to rewire negative thinking and completely transform your response to anxiety-inducing situations and thoughts. Klaus Bernhardt's methods have already been used by thousands of people worldwide to turn their lives around, and now this practical and easy-toaction book is your chance to take control, regain your confidence and live your life free of fear and worry. However, even in the lush plantation hills it is hard for them to escape the ties of home and the yearning for fulfilment that threatens their marriage.

    Back in England, Rosie's three sisters are dealing with different challenges in their searches for family, purpose and happiness. These are precarious times, and they find themselves using unconventional means to achieve their desires. Around them the world is changing, and when Daniel finds himself in Germany he witnesses events taking a dark and forbidding turn.

    By turns humorous and tragic, gripping and touching, So Much Life Left Over follows a cast of unique and captivating characters as they navigate the extraordinary interwar years both in England and abroad. A very sweet story with a touch of dark humour too.

    In , a twenty-six-year-old programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. Ross embraced his new role as kingpin, taking drastic steps to protect himself - including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren't sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet.

    Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, New York Times bestselling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls. It's a story of the boy next door's ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralised Web advocates and the old world of government control, order and the rule of law.

    Munch and Kruger. An unexpected pairing. A brilliant team. Winter An old man is driving home. It is dark and cold, and his is the only car on the road. Suddenly his headlights catch an animal up ahead. He hits the breaks furiously. Just in front of his bonnet he finds a young boy with a set of deer antlers on his head. Fourteen years later, a woman is found brutally murdered. Her body hidden in the boot of a car.

    She is the first but she won't be the last. Holger Munch is glad for the work; his personal life is anything but simple and escape is sweet. Mia Kruger is a woman on a mission. For the first time in a long time, she is clean. As more victims are reported, each crime scene is a little different to the last. There's an uncanny resemblance to cases from Mia's past. And then one day she sees a familiar face on the bus. It is her sister Sigrid, but she knows that's not possible, she's got the death certificate to prove it.

    Christian Stern, a young doctor, has just arrived in the city. On his first evening, he finds a young woman's body half-buried in the snow. The dead woman is none other than the emperor's mistress, and there's no shortage of suspects. Stern is employed by the emperor himself to investigate the murder. In the search to find the culprit, Stern finds himself drawn into the shadowy world of the emperor's court - unspoken affairs, letters written in code, and bitter rivalries. But there's no turning back now A nuanced, landmark study that has deservedly won plaudits from both Palestinian and Israeli historians' Justin Marozzi, The Times A century after Britain's Balfour Declaration promised a Jewish 'national home' in Palestine, veteran Guardian journalist Ian Black has produced a major new history of one of the most polarising conflicts of the modern age.

    Drawing on a wide range of sources - from declassified documents to oral testimonies and his own decades of reporting - Enemies and Neighbours brings much-needed perspective and balance to the long and unresolved struggle between Arabs and Jews in the Holy Land. Beginning in the final years of Ottoman ruleand the British Mandate period, when Zionist immigration transformed Palestine in the face of mounting Arab opposition, the book re-examines the origins of what was a doomed relationship from the start.

    It sheds fresh light on critical events such as the Arab rebellion of the s; Israel's independence and the Palestinian catastrophe Nakba in Arabic of ; the watershed of the war; two Intifadas; the Oslo Accords and Israel's shift to the right. It traces how - after five decades of occupation, ever-expanding Jewish settlements and the construction of the West Bank 'separation wall' - hopes for a two-state solution have all but disappeared, and explores what the future might hold.

    Yet Black also goes beyond the most newsworthy events - wars, violence and peace initiatives - to capture thereality of everyday life on the ground in Jerusalem and Hebron, Tel Aviv,Ramallah, Haifa and Gaza, for both sides of an unequal struggle. Lucid, timelyand gripping, Enemies and Neighbours illuminates a bitter conflict that shows no sign of ending - which is why it is so essential that we understand it. And yet, until very recently, scientists believed our brains were fully developed in childhood.

    Now, thanks to imaging technology that enables us to look inside the living human brain at all ages, we know that this isn't so - that the brain goes on developing and changing right through adolescence into adulthood. So what makes the adolescent brain different?

    What drives the excessive risk-taking or the need for intense friendships common to this age group? Why does an easy child become a challenging teenager? And why is it that many mental illnesses - depression, addiction, schizophrenia - begin during these formative years. Drawing upon her cutting-edge research in her London laboratory, award-winning neuroscientist, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains what happens inside the adolescent brain, and what her team's experiments have revealed about our behaviour, and how we relate to each other and our environment as we?

    She shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity - one that should be acknowledged, nurtured and celebrated. Our adolescence provides a lens through which we can see ourselves anew. It is fundamental to how we invent ourselves. They find a country much altered since their previous visit ten years earlier which resulted in the award-winning international bestseller Sushi and Beyond. Over the last decade the country's restaurants have won a record number of Michelin stars and its cuisine was awarded United Nations heritage status.

    The world's top chefs now flock to learn more about the extraordinary dedication of Japan's food artisans, while the country's fast foods - ramen, sushi and yakitori - have conquered the world. As well as the plaudits, Japan is also facing enormous challenges. Ironically, as Booth discovers, the future of Japan's culinary heritage is under threat.

    Often venturing far off the beaten track, the author and his family discover intriguing future food trends and meet a fascinating cast of food heroes, from a couple lavishing love on rotten fish, to a chef who literally sacrificed a limb in pursuit of the ultimate bowl of ramen, and a farmer who has dedicated his life to growing the finest rice in the world Who Can You Trust?

    From government to business, banks to media, trust in institutions is at an all-time low. But this isn't the age of distrust - far from it. In this revolutionary and widely praised book, world-renowned trust expert Rachel Botsman reveals that we are at the tipping point of one of the biggest social transformations in human history.

    We might have lost faith in institutions and leaders, but millions of people travel in cars with total strangers, exchange digital currencies, or find themselves trusting a bot. This is the age of "distributed trust", a paradigm shift driven by innovative. If we are to benefit from this radical shift, we must understand the mechanics of how trust is built, managed, lost and repaired in the digital age. In the first book to explain this new world, Botsman provides a detailed map of this uncharted landscape - and explores what's next for humanity.

    Stella once thought that if she never saw Jack again, it would be too soon. But life has other plans for her and her stubborn, handsome ex-husband. Looking after their daughter in a time of need, Stella finds herself unwillingly reunited with the man she shared the best years of her life with - followed by the worst. Where tragedy once tore them apart, now Stella and Jack are being drawn back together. But each of them has a new partner and a new life. Should they fight temptation? Should the past remain the past?

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    Or are some loves simply meant to be? Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century - contains more than its fair share of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in '60s New York, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times.

    But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness. Here, then, is the story of a life lived to the full - and a journey deep into a very human heart. Any Human Heart will be enjoyed by readers of Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel, as well as lovers of the finest British and historical fiction around the world. This edition features beautiful cover artwork from the television series. A brilliant evocation of a past era and an immensely readable story' Sunday Telegraph 'Superb, wonderful, enjoyable' Guardian 'A terrific journey through the twentieth century.

    Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the nineteenth century becomes the twentieth.

    Love is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At once an intimate portrait of one man's life and an expansive exploration of the beginning of the twentieth century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain's best loved storytellers. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter.

    And, at the heart of the book, a year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery. The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface; the impulsive decisions that irrevocably. These funny, surprising and moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyd's powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.

    The British government denies all knowledge of the work he does on their behalf to keep us safe. But Max and his masters are losing faith in each other. And they've given him one last chance to prove he's still their man. Sent to a military research facility to meet a former comrade-in-arms, Max finds the bravest man he ever knew locked up for his own protection. His friend lost his mind during an operation in West Africa.

    The reason? Absolute mortal terror. Max is determined to find out why. Ahead lies a perilous, breathtaking mission into the unknown that will call into question everything that Max once believed in. Acting alone, without back-up, Max lands in Sierra Leone with his friend's last words ringing in his ears: 'They're coming, Max. They're coming. Smart, unputdownable and packed with irresistible set pieces and jaw-dropping plot twists, this is a thriller like no other.

    Never forget. If you see her, you are safe. One day Hana sees a Japanese soldier heading for where Emi is guarding the day's catch on the beach. Her mother has told her again and again never to be caught alone with one. Terrified for her sister, Hana swims as hard as she can for the shore.

    So begins the story of two sisters suddenly and violently separated by war. Moving between Hana in and Emi as an old woman today, White. Chrysanthemum takes us into a dark and devastating corner of history - and two women whose love for one another is strong enough to triumph over the evils of war.