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Stranded at the Drive-In: The 100 Best Teen Movies

by Garry Mulholland

Acclaimed writer of This is Uncool and Popcorn turns his attention to the (first ever) look at the teen movieEveryone undergoes some kind of teenage trauma, and a fundamental way of coping, or rite of passage, is the teen movie. Yet until now there has been no book that explores this successful movie sub-genre with any depth.Step forward Garry Mulholland, who, taking his cue from his previous, hugely acclaimed pop culture list books (This is Uncool and Fear of Music), seeks to create a pantheon of the very finest teen movies, or in Garry Mulholland's words: 'I'll be doing what film critics have been loathe to do since the 1950s, and taking the entire subculture of teen movies seriously, making a constant and compelling argument that Grease and A Nightmare on Elm Street tell us a great deal more about modern life and human nature than Citizen Kane and The Godfather.'From Kes to Fame, Badlands to the Breakfast Club, and National Lampoon's Animal House to Twilight, Garry Mulholland re-evaluates a much maligned genre, and brings it all back again: the good, the bad and the traumatic.

Fires of Fortune: A sweeping Australian saga about love and understanding

by Patricia Shaw

River of the Sun revealed the indomitable spirit of former slave girl Diamond. Now her intrepid son faces his own struggle for survival... Patricia Shaw's Fires of Fortune is the thought-provoking sequel to the unforgettable saga, River of the Sun. The perfect read for fans of Tricia McGill and Fleur McDonald. As a boy, Ben Beckman is sheltered from the harsher aspects of life by his Aborigine mother Diamond, who is all too familiar with the prejudice rife within Brisbane society. He is unaware that his father is the ruthless Ben Buchanan, a prominent figure in the state political scene. Then one appalling night Diamond's life comes to an end. Crazed with grief, Ben vandalises his neighbour Dr Thurlwell's mansion - as the doctor refused to tend his mother. Ben's actions are to have tragic consequences... Over hard years, Ben's hatred for Dr Thurwell deepens. The girl next door is Phoebe Thurlwell, whom Ben has known all his life. When she offers the hand of friendship he is still motivated by a bitter feud with her parents. Phoebe is sent away to a friend's cattle station to remove her from Ben's influence, but he follows. There he comes face to face with his own father, a far more dangerous adversary than he ever thought possible...What readers are saying about Fires of Fortune:'An imaginative and compelling account of what life was really like for early pioneers of Australia''The characters come alive and keep the reader gripped from first page to last''As always, Patricia Shaw writes a great story with great historical care'

The Ship of Brides: 'Brimming over with friendship, sadness, humour and romance, as well as several unexpected plot twists' - Daily Mail

by Jojo Moyes

A moving novel based on a true story, by Jojo Moyes, internationally bestselling author of Me Before You, After You and the new bestseller Still Me. ****'Brimming over with friendship, sadness, humour and romance, as well as several unexpected plot twists, it's a tremendously satisfying read and (for my money) even better than ... Me Before You.' - Daily MailAustralia, 1946. 650 brides are departing for England to meet the men they married in wartime. But instead of the luxury liner they were expecting, they find themselves aboard an aircraft carrier, alongside a thousand men.On the sun-baked decks, old loves and past promises become distant memories, and tensions are stretched to the limit as brides and husbands change their minds. And for Frances Mackenzie, one bride in particular, it soon becomes clear that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.****'Wonderful' - Sunday Express'Scintillating.' - Woman & Home 'Gloriously entertaining' - Mirror'Fascinating' - Heat'Engaging and poignant' - Glasgow Herald'Irresistible' - Daily Express

The Sellamillion

by Adam Roberts

THE SELLAMILLION is NOT a parody of Tolkien's THE SILMARILLION. That would be pointless because although all Tolkien fans have a copy, only three of them have read past page 40.It is, however, a parody of all that Tolkien created as he worked on LORD OF THE RINGS. The history of the elderly days. Early missing drafts of LORD OF THE RINGS. A correspondence between the author and publisher on whether it should be a Bellybutton Stud of Doom rather than a Ring of Power. An experimental version of LOTR as if written by Dr Seuss.That sort of thing. It'll be funny. Possibly hilarious. The author's told us it will be. Promised even. And he did write THE SODDIT. And that was quite funny.

Eagle Wing: Book 18 (Horses of Half Moon Ranch #18)

by Jenny Oldfield

Feeding horses in Pond Meadow early one spring morning, Kirstie comes across an abandoned and heavily pregnant mare. A scribbled note gives the beautiful paint a name - Eagle Wing. Clues link her to a Mexican family staying in a nearby trailer park. But before Kirstie can act, she must help the mare give birth to a perfect foal. Only afterwards can she begin to solve the mystery behind Eagle Wing's sudden appearance ...

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham

by Selina Hastings

For nearly sixty years Somerset Maugham (1874--1965) was one of the most famous writers in the world. An enormously successful playwright and the author of over a hundred short stories and twenty-one novels -- several of which are now established classics

Part 5: Have You Got What It Takes? - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make

by Duncan Bannatyne

Part 5: Have You Got What it Takes? - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make. The UK's no.1 business expert is back with his most forthright and hard-hitting ideas yet! Duncan's razor-sharp advice will immediately enable you to do your day job a whole lot better.

Village School: The first novel in the Fairacre series (Fairacre #1)

by Miss Read

The very first Miss Read novel - set in a charming 1950s English countryside community, perfect nostalgia for fans of CALL THE MIDWIFE or Gervase Phinn.'An affectionate, humorous and gently charming chronicle ... sometimes funny, sometimes touching, always appealing' New York TimesFairacre is a village of cottages, a church and the school - and at the heart of the school, its headmistress, Miss Read.Through her discerning eye, we meet the villagers of Fairacre and see their trials and tribulations, from the irascible school cleaner Mrs Pringle, to the young schoolchildren with their scraped knees, hopeful faces and inevitable mischief.Miss Read takes us through the school year, beginning with the Christmas term when the bitterly cold weather challenges the school's ancient heating system, right through to the hot summer day when school is over for another year.VILLAGE SCHOOL is an intriguing glimpse into a forgotten world and has become a true classic.

The Japanese Lover

by Rani Manicka

A breathtaking and absorbing novel set in Malaysia propelled by the superb storytelling instinct of the author of THE RICE MOTHER.Parvathi leaves her native Ceylon for Malaya and an arranged marriage to a wealthy businessman. But her father has cheated, supplying a different girl's photograph, and Kasu Marimuthu, furious, threatens to send her home in disgrace. Gradually husband and wife reach an accommodation and the naïve young girl learns to assume the air of sophisticated mistress of a luxurious estate. She even adopts his love child and treats Rubini as her own daughter - a generous act which is rewarded by a long-wished-for son.But it is a life without passion and Parvathi dreams of loving - and being loved - with complete abandon.When the Japanese invade Malaya in WW2, they requisition the estate. Marimuthu dies and Parvathi is forced to accept the protection of the Japanese general who has robbed her of her home. For the first time she experiences sexual ecstasy. And gradually, her sworn enemy becomes the lover she has always yearned for . . .

Battles at Thrush Green (Thrush Green #4)

by Miss Read

The peace of the Cotswold village of Thrush Green is about to be disturbed...Children's voices ring out from the school playground; in the distance there is the gentle hum of a lawnmower; and all around the village, birdsong can be heard. But despite all evidence to the contrary, in the village of Thrush Green feelings are running high... The rector has a plan for the neglected churchyard which doesn't meet with universal approval; there is a clash of personalities at the local school; and someone has returned to the village after an absence of fifty years. Before long, the tranquillity of the Cotswold village is shattered.

The Transformed Mind: Teachings On Generating Compassion

by Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama

In his characteristically endearing and informal style, His Holiness the Dalai Lama examines the nature of the human mind and emphasises the need to transform it if we want to lead more fulfilling lives. In the form of several discourses delivered over a period of nine years, he talks about suffering, happiness, love and truth, and imparts practical wisdom on issues ranging from religious tolerance to world economy. Stressing the need for compassion and non-violence, the Dalai Lama reiterates the essential goodness of the human heart and teaches us how to live and die well, reminding us constantly of the responsibility of our actions and thoughts, and the interdependence between action and result. Wise, inspiring and always candid, The Transformed Mind gives us hope and solace in this new millennium.

Sword of the Barbarians

by Kenneth Bulmer

A massive migration of the gods threatens the March of Gamelon with apocalyptic change.Only Torr Vorkun of Darkholm and his lovely twin sister, Tara, can preserve order and prepare the people for a new era. Torr is a magnificently powerful youth who bears the magical broadsword, Lycheaper. Tara, too, is magnificent, yet her secret power lies in the witchery she can invoke - when naked.Kenneth Bulmer, a leading British writer of fantasy and science fiction, paints a vivid and heroic picture of a world convulsed with change and aflame with new hope.

Just So Stories - The Cat Who Walked by Himself (Tadpoles Tales #22)

by Elizabeth Rogers

In this story, Dog and Horse both want to investigate the people's fire, but Cat doesn't - he walks by himself. Then the fire and bowl of milk prove awfully tempting...The Tadpoles Tales series features simple retellings of Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories with bright, fun illustrations, for children who are just starting to read on their own.

A Small Fortune

by Rosie Dastgir

Harris Anwar is a British Pakistani proud of his Eastern heritage. In fact, it's fair to say he's proud, full stop: proud he installed his own central heating; proud of his swanky blue Citroën; even proud he's owned the same Hoover for over twenty years.The only thing rivalling his pride is his Muslim sense of responsibility and obligation. He longs to do well by those dearest to him. Whether it's his nineteen-year-old daughter, Alia, in London, his cousin Nawaz and his family, living on top of their burgeoning takeaway in Yorkshire, or his friends and family back in Pakistan, Harris feels compelled to put himself second in order to help.But there's a problem: Harris' best intentions always seem to breed the worst results. And so it's no surprise that, when he decides to use his divorce settlement for selfless ends, this small fortune brings a huge cost of its own.

Trainers v. Tiaras: Book 1 (Diary of a Chav #1)

by Grace Dent

For now, Shiraz is stuck on an estate in Goodmayes, Essex, with her sister Cava-Sue, her nightmare mum Diane and her loved-up mate Carrie. Hoodies, hip-hop and hanging about outside Claire's Accessories. Taking her flatulent Staffy for a walk. Lusting after local lad Wesley Barrington Baines II. It's a limited world for this loveable Essex dreamer. But when new English Teacher Miss Brackett arrives at Mayflower Academy, Shiraz is made to see there's more to life than getting excluded, suped up Vauxhall Novas and Chicago Town pizza. It's time Shiraz began thinking what she wants to do with life. And what sort of person she wants to be. A lot of snooty folk call Shiraz Bailey Wood a chav. Well if by 'Chav' you mean 'Charming, Hilarious, Articulate and Vibrant', Shizza doesn't mind that at all. Call her what you want. She don't care. She's keeping it real.

Some Will Not Die

by Algis Budrys

To get his woman a slice of bread, a man will kill. He does it out of love. To feed and protect his children, a man will conquer the world.A man wants things safe. If he has to, he will pick up a weapon, and if he can, he will march across the world with it. It's as simple as that. The need for security and the impulses of love left trails of dead and dying across the face of human history and always, somewhere, have made someone happy and safe, and free to build a future. In this novel, Algis Budrys shows us a hope some of us have not forgotten we have - one that many of us may not be able to stomach.

That Used To Be Us: What Went Wrong with America - and How It Can Come Back

by Michael Mandelbaum Thomas Friedman

America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In What's Wrong with America?, Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum analyze those challenges - globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption - and spell out what needs to be done now to rediscover America's power and prowess.They explain how the end of the cold war blinded the nation to the need to address these issues seriously. They show how America's history, when properly understood, provides the key to coping successfully and explain how the paralysis of the US political system and the erosion of key American values have made it impossible to carry out the policies the country needs. What's Wrong with America? is both a searching exploration of the American condition today and a rousing manifesto for American renewal.

Wicked Games: A racy, romantic romp you won’t want to put down

by Sasha Wagstaff

All's fair in love and war... Sasha Wagstaff explores feuding families, star-crossed lovers, sex, scandal and secrets in her sensational read Wicked Games. The perfect read for fans of Cathy Bramley and Lucy Diamond.Debonair and dynamic, millionaire Judd Harrington is back at Brockett Hall. With his socialite wife and family in tow, he's returned from LA a glittering success. But as he stares across the valley at Lochlin Maguire's beautiful country house, all he can think of is revenge.Meanwhile Judd's arch-rival has troubles of his own. Lochlin's record label is losing major talent to an unknown competitor, his wife Tavvy is distracted and he can't seem to see eye to eye with his son Shay. And, unbeknownst to Lochlin, his talented singer daughter Iris has fallen for irresistible racing driver Ace Harrington out in LA. Ace is under orders from Judd to break Iris's heart. What he hadn't bargained for was losing his own in the process. Can he go against his father's wishes? Or will Judd's wicked games ruin love's young dream?What readers are saying about Wicked Games:'The characters are so real - you love to love some of them and love to hate others''I absolutely loved this book and found it gripping from end to end''Romance, revenge and glamour, what more could one ask for in a book'

For Special Services: A James Bond Novel (James Bond #17)

by John Gardner

Official, original James Bond from a writer described by Len Deighton as a 'master storyteller'.In this heart-stopping thriller, James Bond teams up with CIA agent Cedar Leiter, to investigate a dangerous criminal, suspected of reviving the notorious organisation SPECTRE. The organisation was believed to have been disbanded years earlier following the death of its leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, at the hands of Bond (in You Only Live Twice), but it seems that this is far from true.Bond discovers that the revitalised SPECTRE has the most devastating, world-threatening plans: to gain control of America's military space satellite network.

Evelyn: A True Story

by Evelyn Doyle

Told through the eyes of his daughter Evelyn, this is the true story of a father's fight to reclaim his children from the Irish government in the 1950s, now a major film.Desmond Doyle, 29, a painter and decorator, is married with six children and living in the infamous Fatima Mansions in Dublin in 1953. One day he comes home to find his wife has left him. He decides to go to England to find work and is advised to put his children into the state Industrial Schools system for a short time until he returns. When he returns he is told to his horror that the children have been consigned to the state until they are 16. This is the story of how Desmond Doyle fought the Irish legal system to change the law and win back his family.

The Reversal (Mickey Haller Series #3)

by Michael Connelly

Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together take on a seemingly unwinnable case in blistering legal thriller from Number One bestseller Michael Connelly.When defence lawyer Mickey Haller is invited by the Los Angeles County District Attorney to prosecute a case for him, he knows something strange is going on. Mickey's one of the best American legal brains in the business, and to switch sides likes this would be akin to asking a fox to guard the hen-house. But the high-profile case of Jason Jessup, a convicted child killer who spent almost 25 years on death row before DNA evidence freed him, is an intriguing one . . .Eager for the publicity and drawn to the challenge, Mickey takes the case, with LAPD Detective Harry Bosch on board as his lead investigator. But as a new trial date is set, it starts to look like he's been set up. Mickey and Harry are going to have to dig deep into the past and find the truth about what really happened to the victim all those years ago in this nail-biting courtroom drama.

Cugel the Clever (Gateway Essentials #182)

by Jack Vance

In the dim far future of Earth, when the sun had shrunk to a small red disk in the dark sky and the race of man lived in isolated cities that echoed with the vastness of the world's history, science, myth and magic had become one. Sorcerors who read the books of ancient times held great power, and fearsome monsters created in ages long forgotten stalked the land. In this world of mystery and danger, the adventurer known as Cugel the Clever was forced to undertake a quest for Iucounu the Laughing Magician - a quest that was to take him to lands stranger than any he had dreamed of, and pit his wits and his sword against powers from beyond time itself.Previously published as The Eyes of the Overworld, this is the second of a quartet of titles sharing the same far-future setting first introduced in The Dying EarthContents: The Overworld, Cil, The Mountains of Magnatz, The Sorcerer Pharesm, The Pilgrims, The Cave in the Forest, The Manse of Iucounu.All Jack Vance titles in the SFGateway use the author's preferred texts, as restored for the Vance Integral Edition (VIE), an extensive project masterminded by an international online community of Vance's admirers. In general, we also use the VIE titles, and have adopted the arrangement of short story collections to eliminate overlaps.

Nocturnes

by John Connolly

Take his hand and follow him into the darkness . . . John Connolly, bestselling author of five brilliantly scary mystery novels, now turns his pen to the short story to give us a dozen chilling tales of the supernatural. In this macabre collection, echoing masters of the genre from M. R. James to Stephen King, Connolly delves into our darkest fears - lost lovers, missing children, subterranean creatures, and predatory demons.Framing the collection are two substantial novellas: The Cancer Cowboy Rides charts the fatal progress of a modern-day grim reaper, while The Reflecting Eye is a haunted house tale with a twist and marks the return of private detective Charlie Parker, the troubled hero of Connolly's crime novels.Nocturnes is a masterly volume to be read with the lights on - menace has never been so seductive . . .

Just By Chance: An engrossing saga of friendship, drama and heartache

by Lynda Page

A chance encounter one cold, dark night changes the course of a young girl's life forever... Lynda Page writes a compelling saga in Just By Chance, in which a young girl's life is turned upside down by the choice she makes one eventful evening. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.In a run-down cottage, deep in woodland on the outskirts of Leicestershire, sixteen-year-old Tilda Penny lives in fear of her drunken father's violent attacks. Born with a withered arm, Tilda is branded an outcast in the community and her only comfort is drawn from her friendship with seven-year-old Eustace Sprocket. Suffering from his aunt's intolerable abuse, he too is no stranger to rejection. Entering her cottage one evening, Tilda stumbles upon a young man about to steal her life savings. But instead of throwing Ben McCraven out into the cold night air, she takes pity on him and offers him shelter for the night. Tilda's one simple act of kindness is to have far-reaching consequences...What readers are saying about Just By Chance:'A brilliant story which I couldn't put down... Lynda's characters are always so alive and her plots keep you guessing and riveted until the end''Lynda Page has written a book which is both funny and moving. In common with her other sagas, this is a gripping read: once started, it's hard to put the book down. In typical Lynda Page style, the characters are colourfully brought to life. For example, Tilda's horrible father... is so well defined in character, appearance and manner of speech that you can almost smell the rancid fumes that emanate from him... In my opinion, this is Lynda Page's best book to date'

Through The Storm: (Pearl Street 3)

by Maureen Lee

The third novel in bestseller Maureen Lee's outstanding Liverpool sequence about family life during World War IITwo years of war have taken a terrible toll on Pearl Street, Liverpool. German bombs have reduced some houses to rubble and most of the inhabitants have lost friends and family. While sisters Eileen and Sheila share the anxious burden of absent husbands, the conflict for others brings excitement and freedom.Kitty Quigley, stuck at home for years with an invalid father, is forced to register for war work and is delighted to become an auxiliary nurse. And Jessica Fleming, struggling to earn a living, finds herself and friend Rita increasingly drawn to the glamour and excitement of the Yanks.Look out for more in the bestselling Pearl Street series:Book 1 - Lights Out LiverpoolBook 2 - Put Out the FiresBook 3 - Through the Storm

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