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The true story of the daredevils who took on the force of nature ... and won Winter 2013-14: six of the most enormous storms ever to show up in the North Atlantic slammed in to the UK. As buildings fell and valleys flooded, one group of maverick Welsh surfers tackled the sea head-on. Code Black tells the story of how the Welsh surf scene made history during two months in which conditions made their country rival Hawaii - apart from the cold.
Aim High is an inspirational book written by the UK's leading wheelchair athlete, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. She has won 16 medals, eleven of which are gold, countless European titles, six London Marathons and over 30 world records have catapulted this Welsh wheelchair athlete so firmly into the public consciousness. Aim High reveals what has motivated her through her best and worst times.
Recent widow Casey Briggs is all about her upcoming charity bachelor auction. She doesn't have time for dating. Her heart isn't strong enough yet. But when one of their bachelors is arrested and she finds herself a hunky guy short, she employs her best friend Annie to find her a new guy pronto. Enter Nick Murphy - handsome, kind, and not very hard to look at, thank you very much. And he quickly makes her feel things she hasn't felt in a while. A very long while. Casey's not sure if she's ready for it - the whole moving on thing. But as she prepares to auction Nick off, she's discovering that her first hunch was correct - he's damn near priceless.
Cariad means love... discover the new Cariad Singles collection of spicy romances. Jill and Cole are competing for the title of Best Chef. The spicy, sizzling and heated televised contest fuels a lust in Jill she'd rather keep buried. She can't be staring at the man's muscles ... he's her competition! During a quick cooking throwdown things start to simmer and it becomes harder and harder for Jill to ignore that she's smitten in the kitchen. Cole's suggestive glances and sly smiles aren't helping her any. When fate puts her in his shower and then his chivalrous nature puts her in his borrowed clothes, there's no way to deny the natural heat between them.
The first book in the TV Dectective crime series by Simon Hall. The TV Detective finds television reporter Dan Groves newly assigned to the crime beat, and in a state of angst about it. He needs a crash-course in police work; the solution is to shadow Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen on a high-profile murder inquiry, which doesn't go down well with some members of the police force. The victim is a notorious local businessman, Edward Bray, a man with so many enemies that one of the problems the inquiry faces is having a surplus of suspects. Bray is killed at a prearranged meeting, in a lay-by on a dark and storm-lashed night, by a blast through the heart from a shotgun. Adam investigates and uncovers a tantalising question, which seems to be at the heart of the case: why was the killing planned for a different day, but put off apparently because the weather was sunny? Tensions abound between Dan and the police, and he comes close to being thrown off the case - until the detectives come to realise he might actually be helpful, in using the power of television to tempt the murderer into a trap.
The fourth title in Simon Hall's TV Detective series. A terrorist outrage in a sacred building shocks the country. But that is just the start of the scandal which is about to unfold. Television reporter Dan Groves lies unconscious in a hospital bed. Outside, Britain is transfixed by the bombing, a radical Islamic plot, a secret service double-cross, and a murderous cover-up. And two questions - What role could Dan have played in exposing the scandal, when he lay sedated as the story broke? And where does the Balance of Guilt lie? Praise for Simon Hall: "Fiendishly clever" The Scotsman "A compelling thriller ... difficult to put down." New Books Magazine
A New Cariad adult contemporary romance featuring a love affair against the backdrop of Tuscany that sees the blossoming sexual relationship between Izzy and Valentino. Izzy, a woman shattered by the man who was supposed to protect and cherish her, sets out on a journey to mend her broken heart and discovers a passion greater than she had ever imagined. Valentino, a man driven to expand his family's empire and bury his own tormented past, finds a desire that runs deeper than the vines he tends. Enthralled with each other, Izzy and Valentino want a real relationship but can't let go of their painful pasts. Izzy seeks her independence while still trying to hold onto Valentino, but he will not settle for pieces of her love and half-hearted trust. Will these two broken souls, who were brought together by fate and bound by an irresistible attraction, be strong enough to overcome their own insecurities and give love a chance.
Cariad means love... discover the new Cariad Singles collection of spicy romances. Tarot reader and New Age market trader Lucy finds the cards can't help her when it comes to deciding between two very different men. Jon the tattoo artist is sex on legs as well as being fun to hang out with, but Lucy's not sure she wants to tame a real bad boy. Toby, the new market manager, on the other hand, is smart, sexy and in control, but may not be quite what he seems. As the Waterleigh Bridge arts and crafts market gets ready for a Christmas Fayre with a difference, Lucy needs to work out who she can trust - with her heart as well as her head.
A man will do anything if he is desperate enough. Following his disastrous attribution of a forgery to Rubens, famous art expert Matthew Pierce's only chance of redemption is to help the dangerous Lord Marr purchase a reputedly cursed fresco for his sickening collection of the macabre. As Matthew and his wife Victoria are dragged into an underground world of gruesome murders and the profane, their only hope of salvation lies in uncovering the truth of the cursed fresco. Is it a genuine work by the master Giotto? Is it truly cursed? Is there a link with secret C.I.A experiments on people's minds? And how could Dante's Inferno link Giotto and Pope Boniface in the creation of a cursed work of art? Matthew's rationalist mind is tested to the point of insanity as he wrestles with these questions.
The startling conclusion of Fresco. A man will do anything if he is desperate enough. Returning from his gruesome quest around Europe Matthew discovers his wife Victoria is missing. Wanting to rid them both of the hateful Fresco Victoria has broken into Lord Marr's Castle and is now held hostage by Father Nicholas. Worse, Matthew is arrested on suspicion of multiple murders, including Victoria's. Matthew's descent into hell accelerates as new sadistic murders force him to finally confront the shocking truth behind the fresco, and the carnage it has caused over centuries.
A true story of shattered childhoods... Following her escape from Nazi Germany and the loss of her family Judith searches for unconditional love and acceptance. In a bleak boarding house she meets her future husband - another Jewish refugee who cares for her when she is ill.Tragically she associates illness with love and a pattern is set. Judith's behaviour eventually spiral into anorexia - a disease little known or understood in 1950's Britain. While she starves herself, Judith forces Ruth, her daughter, to eat. She makes elaborate meals and watches her consume them. She gives her a pint of custard before bed each night. As the disease progresses roles are reversed. Ruth must care for her mother and loses any hope of a normal childhood. The generation gap is tragically bridged by loss and extreme self-loathing, in this moving true story of a family's fight to survive.
This sensational collection of quality short stories is perfect for the mainstream fiction market. The writing style is deft and stylish but accessible on many levels making it attractive to those buying for book groups and readers who enjoy quality short fiction. Ruth Joseph lives in Cardiff, Wales where she is part of the strong Jewish community. She has a strong, evovative voice which speaks directly to the reader about guilt, love and food. Her work has previously been published by Honno, Parthian and Loki.
Set against the backdrop of life in the Welsh valleys, Granelli's edgy novel delves into addiction and the psychotic mind and leaves the reader reeling. James Read is a troubled man in his forties. A gambling addiction has destroyed his life, career and marriage. After a period living on the streets he ends up in a hostel, where he meets Colin, a Falklands war veteran with schizophrenia. The novel is played out against the backdrop of Colin's crazed mind and insane plans. As James' life begins to recover, so the danger that Colin represents begins to escalate. Colin becomes James' nemesis and pushes him toward the limit of endurance. The novel concludes in climactic and dramatic fashion.
Losing It is set in the world of Baldock, local drug dealer and hard man of the Welsh Valleys. When one of his drug-runners, TJ, starts taking his own cut, it proves to be a big mistake. Baldock's reaction is explosive and violent. Baldock's life is not straight forward. At home sits his dependent, wheelchair-bound father, a WWII veteran who has no idea about his son's drug empire. This taut father and son relationship is the backdrop to Baldock's increasingly desperate need to find and deal with TJ. Looking for TJ, Baldock neglects his father's needs with incendiary results that will change his life forever.
Mark Richards, having rebuilt his life after a traumatic, deprived past, is a private investigator in London. When his beautiful girlfriend, Lena, is brutally and sadistically slain his life is turned upside down. In his search for her killers, he becomes hunter and hunted, exacting revenge whilst trying to stay alive. His quest turns into a bloody rites of passage, which takes him from London to the Midlands, to the hills of south Wales, and, ultimately, to Amsterdam, where the savage climax of the book is played out amidst the seedy back alleys of the red light district. "Dead Pretty" is fast moving, full of dramatic set pieces, a murderous journey with a twist in its tail. Mark Richards finds out more than he ever wanted to know, old demons rear up again in his mind, and he has to reach deep into his soul to survive.
The Loner is the third in the Polvellan Mysteries, a warm-hearted series set in beautiful Cornwall. When Jess Trevanion goes to deliver some plants to John Preece, a reclusive neighbour in Polvellan village, she is shocked and saddened to find him dead. When talk turns to the funeral arrangements, Jess's sadness becomes resolve when she realises that, like herself, very few people knew the real John Preece - although he'd lived in the village for many years, his background is a mystery. Jess uses her investigative skills to research John's family, and is surprised and horrified by what she finds out. Meanwhile, Jess also discovers the story behind Marigold's, a famous local venue, and her relationship with old flame Tom Peters continues to progress.
Wayne and Clarissa are a young London couple whose immediate families are about to meet for the first time. Trying to create harmony between the parents is hard enough, but in this case there are eight parents, step-parents, and partners to cope with. Wayne comes from a working class background and Clarissa, an upper-middle class one. They are deeply in love but tensions arising from the forthcoming gathering have created a rift, and it's touch and go whether their relationship is strong enough to survive the event. With more than just an engagement on the line, can these two families come together - or will their differences rip them all apart?
When David meets Bridget at a school reunion, he unexpectedly finds himself falling for her. With problems at work and a failing marriage, David feels he's going nowhere, and mysterious, enigmatic Bridget draws him out of his shell. He's overjoyed when, against all odds, she returns his interest - but what is it in her past that makes her reluctant to reveal her true feelings? As their relationship progresses, David starts to think he may realise his dreams - but will he get everything he's ever wanted, or is it all too good to be true? A Street Cafe Named Desire is a humorous yet thought-provoking view of contemporary relationships and the difficulties people face as they take unexpected new paths once the first flush of youth is over.
Eloise Stokes's first professional photography assignment seems to be a straightforward family portrait. But the rich, colourful Epsom family - father Cedric, step-mother Mimi, twin sons Rick and Jake, and sister Honey - are intrigued by her understated talent and she is soon sucked into their wild world. As the initial portrait sitting becomes an extended photo diary of the family over an intense, hot weekend, Eloise gradually blossoms until she is equally happy in front of the lens.
Behind Many Doors is a vivid and revealing portrait of an Edwardian psychiatric hospital in Cardiff, created by those who know it most intimately. Whitchurch Hospital, formerly Cardiff Asylum, will cease to admit in-patients from 2016, marking the beginning of its gradual closure over the following years. This unique anthology seeks to capture, preserve and shine a light on what Whitchurch Hospital has meant and still means to service users, staff, visitors and members of the local community across its long and complex history. Readers are invited to experience the hospital from every angle, from the water tower's outline spied from the top deck of a Cardiff bus, right down to the cigarette burns on the ward carpet. Sometimes shocking, often moving, always illuminating, this collection of writing will compel all those who turn its pages to think anew about the mental healthcare of the past and the future and to look again at a building that has impacted upon the lives of so many.
It's November 1953 and Dylan Thomas, Britain's finest poet, is dying in a hospital bed in New York. What brought him to this end is not clear. But he is a man tormented by fear - fear of failing as a writer, fear of a marriage doomed to end in disaster, even fear of death itself - all of which have led him to find comfort in alcohol, outrageous behaviour and the arms of other women. Now, as Dylan lies waiting for the end, he thinks back over his life, from his childhood in Swansea to his days as a wild young poet in London, from his tempestuous marriage to Caitlin MacNamara to his final weeks in New York. Dylan Thomas may not have wanted to die but he had little desire to live. An interesting and attractive figure, who was doomed. Do Not Go Gentle paints a picture of a man who has clearly reached the end of his tether.
The story of Pembroke Dock is one of triumph and disaster, of hope and terrible failure. Nearly three hundred ships were built in the yards, including some of the most powerful ships in Queen Victoria's navy - as well as four famous Royal Yachts. Then in 1926, the dockyard was suddenly closed, leaving the town without reason for existence. What followed was a brutal battle for survival. The history of Pembroke Dock is a fascinating social study, taking a community from its raw beginnings to full and accepted standing in the world. It makes compulsive reading for anyone who has an interest in history. Accent Press was founded in Pembroke Dock in 2003. Our first quayside offices overlooked the Gun Tower in the dock which is known as one of Palmerston's Follies.
In the middle of the night Izzy Lomas finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep. It could have been left by any desperate person ... except that the baby's name, pinned in a note to its carrycot, brings back a striking memory from her childhood. If you had a baby what would you call it ... If Izzy's suspicions are correct and she tells the police, it could end in tragedy. Allowing herself some time to investigate, she frantically tries to trace the baby's mother, but every twist and turn in her search seems to lead to a dead end. And the longer she stays silent, how many people is she putting in terrible danger? Nobody's Baby is an engaging and eerie thriller about loss, control, and the desperate edge of human emotions.
It is January 1957 and Helen's husband Jack returns from National Service. Happy to be reunited, they resume their life together. Their friends, Lily, pregnant and married to Jack's brother Martin, Katie, pregnant and married to Helen's father John, and Judy, engaged to policeman Sam, form part of their everyday life. Then Helen is utterly shattered when Jack tells her that a brief fling with a sergeant's widow has left the woman pregnant. Helen can't have children so handling her friends' pregnancies has been difficult enough; this is more than she can bear. She starts divorce proceedings but their fierce love for each other cannot be extinguished. Finally she has to make a decision which requires courage but could be the answer to their differences.
In the Swansea of the fifties, there is only one thing for a boy to do when he gets a girl 'into trouble' and that is to marry her - and quickly. Blighted by an unhappy childhood, passionately in love for the first time in his life, Jack can't wait to do 'the right thing'. A happy family of his own is all he ever wanted but not even in his wildest dreams did he envisage a wife like Helen. Beautiful, intelligent and loving, Helen is headstrong enough to defy her family and convention for Jack and, when her father gives them his blessing, their future beckons assured and glittering - until tragedy strikes and tears them apart.
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