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The Devil Aspect

The Devil Aspect


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Description: ' The best twist I have ever read' ( Michael Ridpath, author of Traitor's Gate)' Breathtaking'( Daily Mail)' Wildly entertaining . . . truly frightening'( New York Times)_____________ How do you find a killer when you're surrounded by madness?1935. As Europe prepares itself for a calamitous war, six homicidal lunatics - the so-called ' Devil's Six' - are confined in a remote castle asylum in rural Czechoslovakia. Each patient has their own dark story to tell and Dr Viktor Kosarek, a young psychiatrist using revolutionary techniques, is tasked with unlocking their murderous secrets. At the same time, a terrifying killer known as ' Leather Apron' is butchering victims across Prague. Successfully eluding capture, it would seem his depraved crimes are committed by the Devil himself. Maybe they are... and what links him with the insane inmates of the Castle of the Eagles? Only the Devil knows. And it is up to Viktor to find out._____________' Deep, dark, and twisty . . . a gripping masterpiece of a thriller!' Alex Grecian, New York Times bestselling author of The Yard' Elegant, edgy, ingenious' A. J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window' Drags you into its dark world kicking and screaming . . . gets under your skin slowly, then goes deep, like the tip of a butcher knife' New York Times' Sensational . . . twists are jaw-dropping . . . a mind-blowing story line that will appeal to fans of Caleb Carr and Thomas Harris' Publishers Weekly' A thrilling, twisting trip through the darkest corridors of the human mind' Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse' A tour de force: a clever and visceral thriller' Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author' Dark, stylish and packed with jaw-dropping twists . . . an astonishing piece of work' M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show' A superior thriller, at once stylish, absorbing and compulsive' Laura Carlin, author of The Wicked Cometh ' Well-crafted gothic crime . . . smart, atmospheric' Kirkus Reviews' A Gothic masterpiece in psychological horror and creeping dread ' Neil Broadfoot, author of No Man's Land' Deliciously authentic and darkly atmospheric' Graham Smith, author of Death in the Lakes
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Flowers Of Perversion: Volume 2

Flowers Of Perversion: Volume 2


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Description: The disturbing, exciting, and defiantly avant-garde films of Jesus Jess Franco, director of such films as Vampyros Lesbos and Lilian the Perverted Virgin. Jesus Jess Franco is an iconic figure in world cinema. His sexually charged, fearlessly personal style of filmmaking has never been in vogue with mainstream critics, but for lovers of the strange and sado-erotic he is a magician, spinning his unique and disturbing dream worlds from the cheapest of budgets. In the world of Jess Franco freedom was the key, and he pushed at the boundaries of taste and censorship repeatedly, throughout an astonishingly varied career spanning sixty years. The director of more than 180 films, at his most prolific he worked in a supercharged frenzy that yielded as many as twelve titles per year, making him one of the most generative auteurs of all time. Franco's taste for the sexy and horrific, his lifelong obsession with the Marquis De Sade, and his roving hand-held camera style launched a whole new strain of erotic cinema. Disturbing, exciting, and defiantly avant-garde, films such as Necronomicon, Vampyros Lesbos, Virgin Among the Living Dead, and Venus in Furs are among the jewels of European horror, while a plethora of multiple versions, re-edits and echoes of earlier works turn the Franco experience into a dizzying hall of mirrors, further entrancing the viewer who dares enter Franco's domain. Stephen Thrower has devoted five years to examining each and every Franco film. This book-the second in a two-volume set-delves into the latter half of Franco's career, covering titles including Shining Sex, Barbed Wire Dolls, Swedish Nympho Slaves, and Lilian the Perverted Virgin. Assisted by the esteemed critic and researcher Julian Grainger, Thrower shines a light into the darkest corners of the Franco filmography and uncovers previously unknown and unsuspected facts about their casts, crews, and production histories. Unparalleled in scope and ambition, Flowers of Perversion brings Franco's career into focus with a landmark study that aims to provide the definitive assessment of Jess Franco's labyrinthine film universe.
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Light Of The World

Light Of The World


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Description: James Lee Burke's legendary detective Dave Robicheaux returns to try to save his daughter from a sadistic killer. When Detective Dave Robicheaux's daughter, Alafair, declares her intention to interview a convicted serial killer called Asa Surette, he does all he can to dissuade her. Dave has always encouraged her ambitions as a writer, but as a father he doesn't want her to be exposed to a man so nakedly evil. And his fears seem well founded when Alafair is visibly shocked by the encounter. Two years later, the horror Surette evoked is all but forgotten, as Dave and his family are vacationing amidst the natural beauty of Montana. But evil, it seems, has followed them into this wild paradise. Someone is stalking Alafair, and Dave begins to suspect that it's Surette - even though he officially died when the prison truck he was being transported in collided with an oil tanker. Is Alafair now the target of one of the most depraved serial killers ever to have been caught, or has she unwittingly crossed paths with a murderous psychopath closer to home? Praise for one of the great American crime writers, James Lee Burke:' James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed.' Michael Connelly' A gorgeous prose stylist.' Stephen King' Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced.' Daily Mail Fans of Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly and Don Winslow will love James Lee Burke: Dave Robicheaux Series1. The Neon Rain 2. Heaven's Prisoners 3. Black Cherry Blues 4. A Morning for Flamingos 5. A Stained White Radiance 6. In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead 7. Dixie City Jam 8. Burning Angel 9. Cadillac Jukebox 10. Sunset Limited 11. Purple Cane Road 12. Jolie Blon's Bounce 13. Last Car to Elysian Fields 14. Crusader's Cross 15. Pegasus Descending 16. The Tin Roof Blowdown 17. Swan Peak 18. The Glass Rainbow 19. Creole Belle 20. Light of the World 21. Robicheaux Hackberry Holland Series1. Lay Down My Sword and Shield 2. Rain Gods 3. Feast Day of Fools 4. House of the Rising Sun Billy Bob Holland Series1. Cimarron Rose 2. Heartwood 3. Bitterroot 4. In The Moon of Red Ponies * Each James Lee Burke novel can be read as a standalone or in series order *
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The 5th Wave: The Last Star (book 3)

The 5th Wave: The Last Star (book 3)


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Description: The Last Star is the heart-stopping finale to the bestselling 5th Wave series by award-winning author, Rick Yancey. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner. * The 5th WAVE is now a major film by Sony Pictures, starring Chloe Grace Moretz*' Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough' The New York Times The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They're down here, they're up there, they're nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us. But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves. In these last days, Earth's remaining survivors will need to decide what's more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what makes us human.www. The5th Wave Is Coming.com www.rickyancey.com' Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances . . . JUST READ IT' Entertainment Weekly' The next HIT' Daily Mail' This gut-wrenching sequel to The 5th Wave careens on a violent course of non-stop action.' Publishers Weekly, starred review' CHILLING' Sun' The pace is RELENTLESS' Heat' A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . Should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires.' USA Today' ACTION- PACKED' MTV.com' A twisty survival story that borrows elements from romance, horror and dystopian fiction' Wall Street Journal' An epic sci-fi adventure about a terrifying alien invasion. You'll read it in one sitting' Bookseller' Heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises . . . a sure thing for reviewers and readers alike.' Booklist (starred review)' A gripping SF trilogy about an Earth decimated by an alien invasion... the question of what it means to be human is at the forefront' Publishers Weekly' Borrow this one from your teen's nightstand while they're at school.' People Magazine* Winner of the 2014 Red House Children's Book Award *2014 Children's Choice Book Awards Finalist for Teen Book of the Year* A YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults* A YALSA 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers* A Booklist 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults* A VOYA 2013 Perfect Ten* An Amazon Best Book of the Year Books in the series: The 5th Wave ( Book 1) The Infinite Sea ( Book 2) The Last Star ( Book 3)
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The 5th Wave: The Infinite Sea (book 2)

The 5th Wave: The Infinite Sea (book 2)


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Description: The Infinite Sea is the second book in the phenomenal and bestselling 5th Wave series by award-winning author, Rick Yancey. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner** The 5th WAVE is now a major film by Sony Pictures, starring Chloe Grace Moretz*' Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough' The New York Times How do you rid the earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Cassie Sullivan and her companions lived through the Others' four waves of destruction. Now, with the human race nearly exterminated and the 5th Wave rolling across the landscape, they face a choice: brace for winter and hope for Evan Walker's return, or set out in search of other survivors before the enemy closes in. Because the next attack is more than possible - it's inevitable. No one can anticipate the depths to which the Others will sink - nor the heights to which humanity will rise . . . www. The5th Wave Is Coming.com www.rickyancey.com' Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances . . . JUST READ IT' Entertainment Weekly' The next HIT' Daily Mail' This gut-wrenching sequel to The 5th Wave careens on a violent course of non-stop action.' Publishers Weekly, starred review' CHILLING' Sun' The pace is RELENTLESS' Heat' A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . Should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires.' USA Today' ACTION- PACKED' MTV.com' A twisty survival story that borrows elements from romance, horror and dystopian fiction' Wall Street Journal' An epic sci-fi adventure about a terrifying alien invasion. You'll read it in one sitting' Bookseller' Heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises . . . a sure thing for reviewers and readers alike.' Booklist (starred review)' A gripping SF trilogy about an Earth decimated by an alien invasion... the question of what it means to be human is at the forefront' Publishers Weekly' Borrow this one from your teen's nightstand while they're at school.' People Magazine* Winner of the 2014 Red House Children's Book Award *2014 Children's Choice Book Awards Finalist for Teen Book of the Year* A YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults* A YALSA 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers* A Booklist 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults* A VOYA 2013 Perfect Ten* An Amazon Best Book of the Year Books in the series: The 5th Wave ( Book 1) The Infinite Sea ( Book 2) The Last Star ( Book 3)
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Partition


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Description: The International Bestseller ' Barney White- Spunner's book stands out for its judicious and unsparing look at events from a British perspective.' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times Review' This book is at its most powerful in its month-by-month narrative of how Partition tore apart northern and eastern India, with the new state of Pakistan carved out of communities who had lived together for the past millennium.' Zareer Masani BBC History Magazine ' A highly readable account . . .' Times Literary Review Between January and August 1947 the conflicting political, religious and social tensions in India culminated in independence from Britain and the creation of Pakistan. Those months saw the end of ninety years of the British Raj, and the effective power of the Maharajahs, as the Congress Party established itself commanding a democratic government in Delhi. They also witnessed the rushed creation of Pakistan as a country in two halves whose capitals were two thousand kilometers apart. From September to December 1947 the euphoria surrounding the realization of the dream of independence dissipated into shame and incrimination; nearly 1 million people died and countless more lost their homes and their livelihoods as partition was realized. The events of those months would dictate the history of South Asia for the next seventy years, leading to three wars, countless acts of terrorism, polarization around the Cold War powers and to two nations with millions living in poverty spending disproportionate amounts on their military. The roots of much of the violence in the region today, and worldwide, are in the decisions taken that year. Not only were those decisions controversial but the people who made them were themselves to become some of the most enduring characters of the twentieth century. Gandhi and Nehru enjoyed almost saint like status in India, and still do, whilst Jinnah is lionized in Pakistan. The British cast, from Churchill to Attlee and Mountbatten, find their contribution praised and damned in equal measure. Yet it is not only the national players whose stories fascinate. Many of those ordinary people who witnessed the events of that year are still alive. Although most were, predictably, only children, there are still some in their late eighties and nineties who have a clear recollection of the excitement and the horror. Illustrating the story of 1947 with their experiences and what independence and partition meant to the farmers of the Punjab, those living in Lahore and Calcutta, or what it felt like to be a soldier in a divided and largely passive army, makes the story real. Partition will bring to life this terrible era for the Indian Sub Continent.
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A Year Without A Winter

A Year Without A Winter


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Description: Today, weather extremes brought about by anthropogenic climate change pose relentless cognitive and imaginative challenges. Beyond news media, what are the cultural registers of this phenomenon? How can artistic and literary engagements with destabilizing natural patterns summon new planetary imaginaries-reorienting perspectives on humanity's position within the environment? A Year Without a Winter brings together science fiction, history, visual art, and exploration. Inspired by the literary 'dare' that would give birth to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein amidst the aftermath of a massive volcanic eruption, and today, by the utopian architecture of Paolo Soleri and the Arizona desert, expeditions to Antarctica and Indonesia, this collection reframes the relationship among climate, crisis, and creation. The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, enveloped the globe in a cloud of ash, causing a climate crisis. By 1816, remembered as the 'year without a summer,' the northern hemisphere was plunged into cold and darkness. Amidst unseasonal frosts, violent thunderstorms, and a general atmosphere of horror, Shelley began a work of science fiction that continues to shape attitudes to emerging science, technology, and environmental futures. Two hundred years later, in 2016, the hottest year on historical record, four renowned science fiction authors were invited to the experimental town of Arcosanti, Paolo Soleri's prototype for arcology, to respond to our present crisis. A Year Without a Winter presents their stories alongside critical essays, extracts from Shelley's masterpiece, and dispatches from expeditions to extreme geographies. Broad and ambitious in scope, this book is a collective thought experiment retracing an inverted path through narrative extremes. A Year Without a Winter is edited by Dehlia Hannah in collaboration with science fiction editors Brenda Cooper, Joey Eschrich, and Cynthia Selin. The book includes a suite of commissioned stories by Tobias Buckell, Nancy Kress, Nnedi Okorafor, and Vandana Singh; essays by Dehlia Hannah, Gillen D' Arcy Wood, James Graham, Hilairy Hartnett, David Higgins, Nadim Samman, and Pablo Suarez; artwork by Julian Charriere and Karolina Sobecka; and literary excerpts by Mary Shelley and Lord Byron.
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The Bone Keeper

The Bone Keeper


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Description: ' The Bone Keeper will corrupt your days and shatter your nights' Val Mc Dermid ' A dark and brilliant thriller from a writer who just gets better and better. The Bone Keeper is tense, chilling and HUGELY scary' Mark Billingham ' Luca Veste proves you don't need to go to the Bayou or the Everglades to find something terrifying in the deep, dark woods. Sometimes evil is lurking just around the corner. An entertainingly nasty piece of work' Christopher Brookmyre What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as child, the myth of the man in the woods, was real? He'll slice your flesh. Your bones he'll keep. Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find to the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three returned. Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper. Investigating officer DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical colleagues that this urban myth might be flesh and blood. But when a body is unearthed in the woodland the woman has fled from, the case takes on a much darker tone. The disappeared have been found. And their killer is watching every move the police make. ' Candyman meets The Silence of the Lambs' Eva Dolan ' Possibly the finest serial killer novel since Red Dragon' Steve Cavanagh ' A chillingcrime read. Full of tension and with a sinister undercurrent, it will definitely get under your skin' Bibliophile bookclub ' A sinuous and compelling tale of the power of a monstrous past, with a real sense of evil and the insidious influence of urban myth' Ramsey Campbell ' A chilling twist on a modern day myth this story had me hooked: eerie, terrifying and masterfully suspenseful' Stephanie Marland ' Absolutely chilling. Don't read it at night, but make sure you do read it' Jenny Blackhurst ' Terrifying, gasp-out-loud, totally compelling and twisted... I loved it! Miranda Dickinson ' Seriously creepy with a killer twist - Luca Veste goes from strength to strength' Mark Edwards ' Creepy and compelling. The serial killer thriller of the year' Mason Cross ' Urban legend meets serial killer thriller - a terrifying book that walks the line between crime and horror, not unlike Thomas Harris's best work' Stuart Neville' The Bone Keeper is everything you want in a killer thriller. Creepy, addictive and guaranteed to make you think twice before walking into the woods. Perfectly terrifying' Amanda Jennings ' One to watch for 2018. A terrific and terrifying serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night - you'll be gripped by the storyline and too scared to go to sleep' Daily Record
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The Survivors

The Survivors


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Description: *** PICKED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE MAIL ON SUNDAY *** ' A clever, absorbing thriller that does not shrink from the horror of the war' Times' Compelling' Good Housekeeping ' This epic novel is simply an incredible read' Sun' A thrilling rollercoaster of a read' Dinah Jefferies, author of R& J pick The Sapphire Widow ' My best read of the year' Lesley Pearse Discover a brilliant story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, from the internationally bestselling author of The Betrayal.' Directly I saw him, I knew he had to die.' Germany, 1945. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja have walked for weeks to get to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp. In the cramped, dirty, dangerous conditions they, along with 3,200 others, are the lucky ones. They have survived and will do anything to find a way back home. But when Klara recognises a man in the camp from her past, a deadly game of cat and mouse begins. He knows exactly what she did during the war to save her daughter. She knows his real identity. What will be the price of silence? And will either make it out of the camp alive? ' A compelling, edge-of-your-seat story set in a refugee camp immediately after World War II, where a woman will do anything to protect her child. Full of twists and turns' Julie Cohen, bestselling author of Together ' A superb read; brilliantly crafted, exciting, very moving and researched meticulously. Fantastic, my best read of the year' Lesley Pearse, Sunday Times bestselling author' This gripped me from the start. What a story! Kate Furnivall treads where others have not thought to go. Beware of anyone who comes between a mother and daughter - especially Klara and Alicja' Jane Corry, Sunday Times bestselling author of Blood Sisters and The Dead Ex ' Meticulously researched, searingly honest and beautifully written' Lancashire Post ' Emotional and engaging with a thrilling tale of love and courage at its core' Culturefly ' An epic novel that will leave you breathless until the very end' Mrs B's Book Reviews' THE SURVIVORS blends imagination with historical fact to absolute perfection' Sharon's Book Blog ' It is impossible to stop once you start reading this book' Sissi Reads Further praise for Kate Furnivall ' Gripping. Tense. Mysterious. Kate Furnivall has a talent for creating places and characters who stay with you long after you've read the final word' Jane Corry ' Exquisitely heart-wrenching & utterly engrossing' Penny Parkes ' A thrilling, compelling read. Wonderful!' Lesley Pearse ' Wonderful . . . hugely ambitious and atmospheric' Kate Mosse ' A thrilling plot ... Fast-paced with a sinister edge' Times ' Truly captivating' Elle ' Perfect escapist reading' Marie Claire
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When You See Me

When You See Me


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Description: THE INTERNATIONAL #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR___________________________ A body is found in the hills - but the truth still lies buried... In a small town in the Deep South, Flora Dane is part of a task force committed to hunting down every last trace of notorious serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. As his last victim, imprisoned by Ness in a small box for over a year, she knew him better than most. Even after his death, his evil still lingers. But this is the kind of town that doesn't take kindly to strangers asking questions. The kind of town where dark secrets lurk just beneath the surface. The kind of town she might not leave alive. ___________________________ Featuring Detective D. D. Warren and FBI Special Agent Kimberley Quincy___________________________' A string of murders, a crack FBI team and a voiceless girl desperate for revenge - this twist-a-minute thriller has it all.' KARIN SLAUGHTER' A twisty-turny psycho-thriller with a plot and characters that won't let you go. Lisa Gardner is at the top of her game!' KATHY REICHS' When You See Me is another rocket-fuel-propelled thriller from Lisa Gardner. This culmination of her great talents . . . starts out chillingly intimate and explodes into a sky-high denouement that will leave you breathless.' GREGG HURWITZ___________________________ Readers love WHEN YOU SEE ME:' I haven't read a Lisa Gardner book in a while, I will go searching to see what I have missed. What a book! I was totally gripped and read it in one go.'' A fantastic nail biting read' ' When it comes to writing a tense, fast paced, gripping and unputdownable thrillers, Lisa Gardner has few rivals.' ' Psychological twists and turns abound making this a taut thriller to read'' A wonderfully realised psycho-thriller of the highest order.'' Unmissable and unputdownable - When You See Me demands to be read in one sitting.'' This story had me experiencing a whole spectrum of emotions from shock and horror to breathless anticipation.'' I just swallowed this whole.'' The suspense and thrill throughout the book was absolutely stunning! The twists and turns kept me awake all night' ' The first book I have read in the series but it is perfect as a standalone, though it does make me want to read the previous books in the series.' ' A fast-paced, page-turning thriller' ' A fast paced read with chilling moments that will give you goosebumps and keep you on the edge of your seat for many moments.' ' I honestly cannot recommend this book enough.' ' Riveting and thrilling at times, this was a grippingly good read.' ' This is my first read of Lisa Gardner and what a great read. I can see that I have been missing out so will have to put that right' ' Incredible penmanship with a tendency to keep a reader hooked. So excited for people to read this!' ' I loved this!' ' I will certainly be going back and reading the books in the series.' ' This is an excellent novel and I highly recommend this to other readers' ' It starts well and finishes even better!' ' There was barely time to pause for breath reading this!'' This author is unrivalled in the genre in my opinion.'
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The Hundred Years War:

The Hundred Years War:


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Description: War never stops. There have been two world wars since 1914 lasting for ten years, but wars have continued for a hundred years since then in many parts of the world: wars between nations, tribes and factions, wars over religion and beliefs, wars fought for land or oil or history, civil wars, political wars, and the Cold War when the West remained on a war-footing while supposedly at peace. This anthology presents poems from a hundred years of war by poets writing as combatants on opposite sides, as victims or anguished witnesses. It chronicles times of war and conflict from the trenches of the Somme through the Spanish Civil War to the horrors of the Second World War and the Holocaust; and in Korea, the Middle East, Vietnam, Central America, Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan and other so-called theatres of war. There are poems from years when the world was threatened by all-out nuclear war and more recent poems written in response to international terrorism. Editor Neil Astley has selected many of the poems from his Staying Alive trilogy - the anthologies Staying Alive, Being Alive and Being Human - but has added many others from elsewhere to create this deeply moving testament to humanity caught up in a hundred years of war. Like the trilogy, this is a world poetry anthology featuring poets from a variety of nations writing from different perspectives, experiences and cultures. Where possible, the poems from each war or conflict are presented chronologically in terms of when they were written or set, building up a picture of what individual poets from different nations were experiencing at the same time, either on the same battlegrounds or in other parts of the world (including the home front), with, for example, British, French and German poets all writing of shared experiences in opposite trenches during the five-month Battle of the Somme. At different stages of each war there are also poets responding events in their own countries. For example, in just one three-month period, from August to November 1944, Polish poets join the Warsaw Uprising, Miklos Radnoti is herded on a forced march from Serbia to Hungary (where he is killed), other Hungarian poets witness deportations to camps, Dylan Thomas voices the anguish of Londoners under V-bomb attack, and Louis Simpson is a foot soldier caught up in the chaotic Battle of the Bulge. Just as the original Hundred Years' War in the 14th and 15th centuries was actually a series of nationalistic conflicts rooted in disputes over territory, so it has been in the wars fought over the past century, but with even worse suffering inflicted on countries and people subjected to warfare and mass killing on a scale unimaginable in any earlier time. And yet amidst all that horror, there are individual voices bearing witness to our shared humanity, somehow surviving the folly with defiance and hope, yet often aware that the lessons of history are rarely passed on from one generation to the next. As Germany's Gunter Kunert writes in his poem ' On Certain Survivors' in which a man is dragged out from the debris of his shelled house: ' He shook himself | And said | Never again. || At least, not right away.'
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Welcome To The Heady Heights


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Description: A gritty, dark, hilarious and all-too-believable drama about the elusivity of stardom, in an age when 'making it' was 'having it all' ... ' A real new talent on the Scottish literary scene' Press and Journal ' Ross brings his ever-so-dark humour and caustic eye to 1970's Glasgow, and it proves to be the perfect pairing' Alistair Braidwood ' This is hardboiled tartan noir with a musical edge, streetwise intelligence and exactly the sense of humour you'd hope to find as showbiz meets Duke Street and high society enforcers battle gentlemen of the Sarry Hied and graduates of the Bar L' A L Kennedy Welcome to the Heady Heights ... It's the year punk rock was born, Concorde entered commercial service and a tiny Romanian gymnast changed the sport forever. Archie Blunt is a man with big ideas. He just needs a break for them to be realised. In a bizarre brush with the light-entertainment business, Archie unwittingly saves the life of the UK's top showbiz star, Hank ' Heady' Hendricks', and now dreams of hitting the big-time as a Popular Music Impresario. Seizing the initiative, he creates a new singing group with five unruly working-class kids from Glasgow's East End. Together, they make the finals of a televised Saturday-night talent show, and before they know it, fame and fortune beckon for Archie and The High Five. But there's a complication; a trail of irate Glaswegian bookies, corrupt politicians and a determined Scottish WPC known as The Tank are all on his tail... A hilarious and poignant nod to the elusivity of stardom, in an age when 'making it' was 'having it all', Welcome to the Heady Heights is also a dark, laugh-out-loud comedy, a heart-warming tribute to a bygone age and a delicious drama about desperate men, connected by secrets and lies, by accidents of time and, most of all, the city they live in. ' Capturing the horror & futility of life on the fringes of its criminal underworld, it is a gloriously dark read' Liam Rudden ' More than just a nostalgic recreation of the author's youth, it's a compassionate, affecting story of a family in crisis at a time of upheaval and transformation, when disco wasn't the only thing whose days were numbered' Herald Scotland ' Welcome to the Heady Heights' is powerful and punchy, with well placed, darker than dark humour highlighting a visual feast of a read' Love Reading ' Full of comedy, pathos and great tunes' Hardeep Singh Kohli ' Warm, funny and evocative' Chris Brookmyre ' Dark, hilarious, funny and heart-breaking' Muriel Gray ' Just brilliant' Bobby Bluebell ' This is a book that might just make you cry like nobody's watching' Iain Mac Leod, Sunday Mail ' One of the most thoroughly and unapologetically enjoyable novels you'll read this year - riotous, courageous, and laugh-out-loud funny. It's also gritty, gallus and Glaswegian to its core - with Welcome To The Heady Heights David F. Ross has given us a novel to revel in' Scots Whay Ha
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Poso Wells

Poso Wells


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Description: Poso Wells is ironic, audacious, and fierce. But what is it, exactly? A satire? A scifi novel? A political detective yarn? Or the purest reality of contemporary Latin America. It's unclassifiable-as all great books are.- Samanta Schweblin, author of Fever Dream Poso Wells is brilliant, audacious, doubtlessly playful and at the same time so dark and bitter. A truly unforgettable book.- Alejandro Zambra, author of Multiple Choice The story is a condemnation not only of the corrupt businessmen and the criminal gangs that rule Poso Wells but also of the violence against women that plagues Latin America's real slums.- The New Yorker One part Thomas Pynchon, one part Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and one part Raymond Chandler, Aleman's novel contains mystery, horror, humor, absurdity, and political commentary ... A concoction of political thriller and absurdist literary mystery that never fails to entertain.- Kirkus Reviews A wild, successful satire of Ecuadorian politics and supernatural encounters. ... Aleman's singular voice keeps the ride fresh and satisfying.- Publishers Weekly In the squalid settlement of Poso Wells, women have been regularly disappearing, but the authorities have shown little interest. When the leading presidential candidate comes to town, he and his entourage are electrocuted in a macabre accident witnessed by a throng of astonished spectators. The sole survivor-next in line for the presidency-inexplicably disappears from sight. Gustavo Varas, a principled journalist, picks up the trail, which leads him into a violent, lawless underworld. Bella Altamirano, a fearless local, is on her own crusade to pierce the settlement's code of silence, ignoring repeated death threats. It turns out that the disappearance of the candidate and those of the women are intimately connected, and not just to a local crime wave, but to a multinational magnate's plan to plunder the country's cloud forest preserve. More Praise for Poso Wells: By expertly weaving multiple narratives around the figure of Vinueza, the hapless (but wealthy!) presidential candidate who resembles so many corrupt (but wealthy!) presidential candidates in the modern history of Ecuador, Gabriela Aleman depicts with verve and humor the horrors and absurdities of a society intent on perpetuating itself.- Mauro Javier Cardenas, author of The Revolutionaries Try Again Gabriela Aleman has a rhythm worth watching ... she does something unexpected, things fly apart, she leaps into the void, and you think, 'there's no way she can pull this off'-but no, everything fits together, falls into place, flows, and the story goes on.- Pedro Mairal, author of The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra This compulsively readable book is Gabriela Aleman's debut as a novelist in the English-language. Sparklingly original, full of dry wit, and deliciously suspenseful, Poso Wells could well earn Gabriela Aleman a cult following.- Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Guerrillas: Journeys in the Insurgent World, and The Fall of Baghdad
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No Place To Die


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Description: ' Tense, fast-moving and bloody. Broadfoot's best yet' Mason Cross' A true rising star of crime fiction' Ian Rankin' Beautifully crafted . . . There's no filler, no exposition, just action, dialogue and layering of tension that'll hold you breathless until the very end' Helen Fields ' The rising star of tartan noir is back with his best crime fiction so far' Scots Magazine Blair Charlston swapped the stock market for salvation - and now he's making a killing. Once a controversial venture capitalist, Charlston reinvented himself as a personal and business development guru after surviving an attempt to take his own life when a business deal went disastrously wrong. So when he decides to host a weekend retreat on the outskirts of Stirling for more than 300 people, Connor Fraser is drafted in to cover the security for a man who is at once idolised as a saviour and hated as a ruthless asset stripper. For Connor, it's an unwelcome assignment. He's never had much time for salvation by soundbite, and Charlston's notoriety is attracting the attention of reporter Donna Blake, who's asking more questions than Connor has answers for. But when an old colleague of Donna's is found brutally bludgeoned to death, and the start of Charleston's weekend of salvation becomes a literal trial by fire, Connor must race to unmask a killer whose savagery is only matched by their cunning. Praise for Neil Broadfoot' Broadfoot is here, and he's ready to sit at the table with some of the finest crime writers Scottish fiction has to offer' Russel D. Mc Lean' Cracking pace, satisfyingly twisty plot. A great read' James Oswald' Crisp dialogue, characters you believe and a prose style that brings you back for more . . . a fine addition to a growing roster of noir titles with a tartan tinge' Douglas Skelton' This is Broadfoot's best to date, a thriller that delivers the thrills: energetic, breathlessly paceyand keeping you guessing till the end.' Craig Russell' Neil Broadfoot hits the ground running and doesn't stop. With the very beating heart of Scotland at its core, your heart too will race as you reach the jaw dropping conclusion of this brilliant thriller. First class!' Denil Meyrick' A deliciously twisty thriller that never lets up the pace. Thrills, spills, chills and kills' Donna Moore' An explosive, gripping page-turner with dark and utterly twisted murders. Simply brilliant!' Danielle Ramsay' An atmospheric, twisty and explosive start to a new series by one of the masters of Scottish fiction. Get your wee mitts on it.' Angela Clarke' No Man's Land is a stunning, fast-paced, multi-layered thriller. Disturbing political unrest and psychological horror written with great confidence by Neil Broadfoot, who has one hand on Ian Rankin's crown as the king of Scottish crime.' Michael Wood'[ A] gritty and fast-moving tale of shifting loyalties set against the backdrop of Scottish and Irish politics.' Nick Quantrill' Definitely a must read for all lovers of Tartan Noir: or anyone else who simply wants to enjoy a compelling tale' Undiscovered Scotland
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Description: *** The new novel from the author of the highly acclaimed The Butchers of Berlin, soon to be a TV series *** Berlin, July 1944, a world of illicit jazz clubs, sexually generous young women, suspect art dealers, last-ditch zealots and a city defined by crumbling infrastructure, advanced terror, dirty secrets and deep politics - and then there is August Schlegel, caught askance in a web of totalitarian mayhem. Everybody knows what happened on 20 July: Fuhrer Adolf Hitler miraculously survived an assassination attempt when a bomb failed to kill him. Schlegel, a reluctant employee of the Gestapo, finds himself in the foolhardy position of questioning the official version, knowing it is the last thing he should be thinking. Was it a propaganda stunt, or a deception or was something more extreme going on, perhaps a cover-up connected to the mysterious burning down of a Berlin clinic? A deadly political dance takes Schlegel all the way up to Party Secretary Martin Bormann, the Chancellory's sinister 'black pope'. Information is controlled, informers are everywhere, secrecy remains the cornerstone of the regime, yet someone appears interested in digging up a carefully buried scandal in the Fuhrer's past private life, an incestuous affair with his young niece that ended mysteriously in 1931. Rumours circulate of a ' Hitler confession'. Trapped in a kingdom of lies, Schlegel discovers the blighted present and a censored past are connected in ways he could never have imagined. The niece's tragic end is intimately bound up with the fate of his long-lost father, whom Schlegel had always believed absconded to Argentina and died there, until he finds a private 1925 edition of Mein Kampf, dedicated to ' Anton Schlegel', signed, ' In eternal gratitude, Adolf Hitler.' The identity of Schlegel's father - and whether he is still alive and operating as a secret puppet master - becomes inseparable from the enigma of a shapeshifting Fuhrer, going back to the early days when he was known to Anton Schlegel as Herr Wolf. Questioning the official version of events, Chris Petit offers a dazzling reinterpretation of history, showing how the deeper secret truths invariably turn out to be personal. Praise for Chris Petit: ' No denying the book's power' Nick Rennison, Sunday Times ' The real skill of this rigorous, disturbing novel lies in the way Petit steadily and unsensationally allows his protagonists to discover the full horror of the hellhole they are in' Guardian ' One of Britain's most visionary writers' David Peace ' Powerful evocation of a city living in terror' Sunday Times Crime Club ' Ambitious, darkly atmospheric' The Times ' Hugely impressive and highly readable; in the tradition of Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs' Financial Times ' Ferocious invention marks this novel out as special' The Edge ' Ambitious and intelligent' Times ' Puts Petit in the first rank' Metro ' A zigzagging narrative as byzantine an blackly pessemistic as late James Ellroy' Independent on Sunday ' An example of the genre near its best. Gorky Park with something to spare; well worth anyone's weekend' Guardian for The Psalm Killer
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The Closer I Get


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Description: A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological, social-media thriller ... NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER LONGLISTED for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize ' Another dark banger from the Orenda Books stable ... A brilliant, twisty cat-and-mouse book about fandom and obsession' Erin Kelly ' Brilliantly twisty. I loved it' Lisa Jewell Tom is a successful author, but he's struggling to finish his novel. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won't leave him alone. Evie is smart, well read and unstable; she lives with her father and her social-media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has. When she's hit with a restraining order, her world is turned upside down, and Tom is free to live his life again, to concentrate on writing. But things aren't really adding up. For Tom is distracted but also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he feels powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he's letting on. A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological thriller, The Closer I Get is also a searing commentary on the fragility and insincerity of online relationships, and the danger that can lurk just one 'like' away... ' A gripping ride through the heartlands of need and hurt. Even at his most thrilling, Paul Burston never loses his sense of real pain and suffering' Philip Hensher ' As perfect a thriller as you'll read all year' Caz Frear ' This book will make you rethink your social media obsession. Dangerous from page one, lit by bursts of black humour, ultimately honest about the frailty of ego and the masks we all wear. Terrifically readable' Sarah Hilary ' A sucker-punch of a twist that took my breath away! Absurdly gripping, and enough to unnerve anyone who has ever spent any time online' Angela Clarke So good. Such brilliant characters. Great premise and a thrilling read' Nina Pottell, Prima ' Chillingly recognisable. A delicious tour de force' Alex Marwood ' Compelling, creepy and completely believable' Mel Mc Grath ' Dark, devious and with a growing sense of dread' Neil Broadfoot ' Brilliantly written, tense and compelling' Amanda Jennings ' Dark twisty fiction at its very best' SJI Holliday ' One of the best books you'll read this year' Ed James ' Effortlessly readable, intensely chilling. That ending floored me' Chris Whitaker ' Unsettling. Taut. Menacing. Burston puts the killer into killer twist' Jonathan Harvey ' Witty and insightful' Susie Boyt ' Brilliant, chilling, totally awesome writing' Miranda Dickinson ' An absolute stunner ... with a deliciously twisted ending' Lisa Hall ' The tension is almost unbearable. The twist is gut-wrenching. The book is a masterpiece in sustained suspense and smart literate contemporary horror. Bravo Mr Burston' Derek Farrell ' Very easy to read, certainly keeps you hooked in with plenty of twists. I suspect it will be a big read this summer' Fiona Sharp ' It's about a gay novelist who becomes the target of an online stalker and is dark, thought-provoking, and totally riveting. As comebacks go, it's on a par with Madonna bursting out of a giant disco ball in a pink leotard!' Matt Cain ' Gripped and Terrified by Paul Burston's new novel, bloody hell!!!' Rowan Coleman ' A fiercely provocative novel, and as well as being a boldly entertaining read, it really, really made me think' Love Reading ' A thought-provoking social-media thriller about fear, fanaticism and the psychological legacy of harassment ... The best work of fiction yet from the novelist, journalist and literary salon host' Attitude Magazine
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