Bestsellers and New Releases for April

Fiction

Please Don’t Take My Baby, Cathy Glass


‘I’m going to love my baby and give her lots of attention,’ Jade said. ‘I’ll show my mum she’s wrong.’  Jade, 17, is pregnant, homeless and alone when she’s brought to live with Cathy. Jade is desperate to keep her baby, but little more than a child herself, she struggles with the responsibilities her daughter brings.  Cathy is worried as soon as Jade arrives: she’s never looked after a pregnant teenager before, but none of the mother and baby carers free, and – seventeen years old, seven months pregnant and homeless – Jade is in a desperate situation.  But Jade doesn’t want to listen or advice and although her daughter is born safely it isn’t long before Jade’s in trouble with the police.  Cathy knows that Jade loves her daughter with all her heart, but will she be able to get through to Jade in time to make her realise just how much she might lose?

Deeply Odd, Dean Koontz


The sixth Odd Thomas thriller from the master storyteller. Our reluctant hero is drawn once more into a strange encounter with the lingering dead.  Later that morning, when I walked downtown to buy blue jeans and a few pairs of socks, I met a guy who offered to neuter me with a .45 pistol.  In a sinister encounter with a rogue truck driver, Odd – who has the gift of seeing the dead and the soon-to-be dead – has a disturbing vision of the slaughter of three innocent children.  Across California, into Nevada and back again, Odd embarks on a road chase to prevent the tragedy. But he is to discover that he is not up against a single twisted sociopath but a mysterious network of evil men and women whose resources appear supernatural.  Luckily, in this world that Odd finds so beautiful and full of wonders, and deeply odd as well, he meets a collection of like-minded eccentrics who will help him to take the next giant step towards his destiny.

A Cottage by the Sea, Carole Matthews


Grace has been best friends with Ella and Flick forever. The late-night chats, shared heartaches and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time.  When Ella invites them to stay for a week in her cottage in South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change of scenery will help her reconnect with her distant husband.  Then Flick arrives; loveable, bubbly, incorrigible Flick, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah.  This is going to be one week which will change all their lives forever…

Walking Disaster, Jamie McGuire


Set in the same time-frame as Beautiful Disaster, now we hear the story from Travis’ point of view. Travis lost his mother at a very young age, but before she died she taught him two important rules…Love hard. Fight harder. Growing up in a family of men who like to gamble and fight, Travis Maddox is a tough guy. Known for his bad reputation with women, and feared for his incredible fighting skills, all the boys want to be him, while the girls simply want him…Abby Abernathy is the first girl to treat him the way he feels he should be treated, with dislike and disinterest. It is her lack of interest that sparks his determination to win her round. Will the invincible Travis ‘Mad Dog’ Maddox be defeated by a girl?

Five Days, Douglas Kennedy


For twenty years, Laura has been a good wife and a good mother. She’s supported her husband through redundancy, she’s worried about her son, she’s encouraged her daughter.  She’s stopped thinking about all the places she’d like to go and all the books she’d like to talk about.  She’s not unhappy, exactly. She’s not that self-indulgent. As anyone would tell you, Laura is wonderfully constant, caring, selfless. She’s certainly an expert at putting on a brave face.  But a chance meeting in a hotel lobby – and the five days that follow – remind Laura of the young woman she used to be – and the woman she could have become.  Is it ever too late to have the life you wanted? Or do we owe it to ourselves to pursue the promise of happiness?

The Storyteller, Jodi Picoult


Sage Singer has a past that makes her want to hide from the world. Sleeping by day and working in a bakery by night, she kneads her emotion into the beautiful bread she bakes.  But when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Josef Weber, a quiet man old enough to be her grandfather, and respected pillar of the community, she feels that finally, she may have found someone she can open up to.
Until Josef tells her the evil secret he’s kept for sixty years. 
Caught between Josef’s search for redemption and her shattered illusions, Sage turns to her family history and her own life for answers. As she uncovers the truth from the darkest horrors of war, she must follow a twisting trail between betrayal and forgiveness, love and revenge. And ask herself the most difficult question she has ever faced – can murder ever be justice? Or mercy?

Forgive Me, Lesley Pearse

Cheltenham, 1991


When Eva Patterson returns home from work one day, a devastating scene awaits her. Her mother, Flora, lies dead in the bath. Beside her is a note saying only: ‘Forgive Me’.  Until then, Eva always believed her family’s life would be comfortable and secure – but Flora’s suicide changes everything. And when Eva discovers that in her will Flora left her an artist’s studio in London, she realises how little she knows about her mother’s past.

From the author of international bestseller, Stolen, Forgive Me is an intense and gripping story of love and forgiveness.

The Great Empty, Anita Mellilo


When a rebellious youth named Donovan leaves his home in Europe for a family trip to Australia, he quickly determines another course when he takes advantage of an opportunity to seek out adventure of his own. While slipping away from the care of his guardian and sister at the airport in Darwin, he decides to take a tour bus to a Crocodile Farm, which inadvertently continues to take him hundreds of miles deeper in the outback and into Kakadu National park.  One mishap leads to another until he finds himself alone in the dark and unprepared to face the unknown that envelopes his surroundings.  Eventually, he befriends an Aborigine boy named Neji, who is on a journey into manhood. Together they fight against the elements and the mysteries of the dark, with beliefs and rituals as deep as the Dreamtime. All the while, a peculiar stranger continues to shadow them for unknown reasons. Pretty soon, Donovan finds himself on an unexpected course with this deliberate Swagman, with his harsh ways and cruel intentions. Without warning, Donovan is forced to use all that he has learned, in order to survive this downward spiral that seems to be leading him nowhere, with his only hope of making it back to civilization again…

Poppet,  Mo Hayder


The Maude is outside. It wants to come in.

It wants to sit on your chest.

The mentally ill patients in Amberly Secure Unit are highly suggestible. A hallucination can spread like a virus. When unexplained power cuts lead to a series of horrifying incidents, fear spreads from the inmates to the staff. Amidst the growing hysteria, AJ, a senior psychiatric nurse, is desperate to protect his charges.

Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is looking for the corpse of a missing woman. He knows all too well how it feels to fail to find a loved one’s body. When AJ seeks Caffery’s help in investigating the trouble at Amberly, each man must face a bitter truth in his own life. Before staring pure evil in the eye.

In the Shadow of the Sword, Tom Holland


In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two great empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, and one had vanished for ever, while the other was a dismembered, bleeding trunk. In their place, a new superpower had arisen: the empire of the Arabs. So profound was this upheaval that it spelled, in effect, the end of the ancient world.In the Shadow of the Sword explores how a succession of great empires came to identify themselves with a new and revolutionary understanding of the divine. It is a story vivid with drama, horror and startling achievement, and stars many of the most remarkable rulers ever seen.
NON FICTION
Toddler SOS, Jo Frost


Jo Frost Saves Our Sanities in this essential toddler guide.   The toddler years can test the most patient and energetic of parents and in this new toddler book, Jo Frost provides her invaluable advice on the hot-spots of toddler care. She answers the most pressing of problems – head on – including: tantrums, whining, potty-training, sleeping and mealtime dilemmas.  This essential guide is the perfect complement to Jo’s No. 1 bestselling book CONFIDENT TODDLER CARE and will satisfy all of your toddler questions such as:   How do I get my toddler to eat vegetables?  What do I do when my toddler has a tantrum in public?

MOD, A Very British Style,  Richard Weight


Welcome to the world of the sharp-suited ‘faces’. The Italianistas. The scooter-riding, all-night-dancing instigators of what became, from its myriad sources, a very British phenomenon.  Mod began life as the quintessential working-class movement of a newly affluent nation – a uniquely British amalgam of American music and European fashions that mixed modern jazz with modernist design in an attempt to escape the drab conformity, snobbery and prudery of life in 1950s Britain. But what started as a popular cult became a mainstream culture, and a style became a revolution.  In Mod, Richard Weight tells the story of Britain’s biggest and most influential youth cult. He charts the origins of Mod in the Soho jazz scene of the 1950s, set to the cool sounds of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. He explores Mod’s heyday in Swinging London in the mid-60s – to a new soundtrack courtesy of the Small Faces, the Who and the Kinks. He takes us to the Mod-Rocker riots at Margate and Brighton, and into the world of fashion and design dominated by Twiggy, Mary Quant and Terence Conran.

Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts, Gizzi Erskine


A revelationary new healthy eating book of two halves from bestselling author Gizzi Erskine, Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts will leave you amazed at what you can eat, while also losing weight.

Part One, Skinny Weeks, gives you a delicious, calorie-counted recipe plan for 6 days of the week, designed to help you keep within 1,500 calories a day. No boring diet book here but mouthwatering dishes such as Yogurt Curry Chicken Bowl, Korean Beef and Glass Noodles and Pancetta and Chilli Baked Beans on Sourdough demonstrate that healthy food needn’t be boring or mean sacrificing bold, exciting flavours.

In Weekend Feasts, Gizzi shows you that once a week it s good to let your hair down and treat yourself to the food you love to eat. Choose from a Friday night feast, a long leisurely brunch, a proper Sunday lunch or an indulgent afternoon tea and enjoy some truly decadent food, safe in the knowledge that you’ve earned it.

Sensible, achievable and utterly delicious, Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts will show you how to have your cake and eat it!

Far From the Tree, Andrew Solomon


Andrew Solomon’s investigation of many of the most intense challenges that parenthood can bring compels us all to re-examine how we understand human difference. Perhaps the greatest gift of this monumental book, full of facts and full of feelings, is that it constantly makes one think, and think again.  In this seminal new study of family, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who learn to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so. He introduces us to families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, disability, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, Solomon documents repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

Recycled Chic,  Amanda McKittrick


Recycled Chic is for those who aren’t content to look like everyone else. It both inspires and instructs on ways of recycling, renewing, and reinventing pre-loved fashion and fabrics. Featuring 30 simple and accessible projects, for even a novice seamstress, Recycled Chic will arm you with the techniques, inspiration and confidence to renew your existing clothes and accessories, or alter vintage fashion and fabric to suit your individual taste. Each project requires only minimal time, effort and expense to achieve stylish and satisfying results. It could be as easy as removing the sleeves from a frumpy dress, shortening a skirt, or adding an embellishment to a tired old top. And when your confidence grows, why not test your skills creating a leather clutch from an old jacket, or a sweet summer top from a man’s work shirt? Take a creative plunge and explore the possibilities to refashion your wardrobe with these unique, yet simple, projects. Key points: includes over 30 original designs/patterns; all the projects are aimed at those with minimal sewing or craft skills. The book includes an outline of all the required tools, fabrics and stitch-styles to get you started; instructions and patterns are simple and easy-to-follow, using step-by-step photography and hero shots to help the reader to better understand the steps involved to create the finished product

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

McFly, Unsaid Things – Our Story


Prepare to meet the real McFly .

In 2003, Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter came together and formed what would become one of the most popular and successful bands in the UK. Just teenagers at the time, they were catapulted into the limelight and had to adapt quickly to their new-found fame – and everything that came with it. Now, at last, they have decided to tell their story, in full and revealing detail.

Speaking with candour and their trademark humour, Tom, Danny, Harry and Dougie share both the stories of their own lives and that of McFly. They give their personal insights into their contrasting childhoods, the individual paths that led them to the band, the struggles they have each overcome, their love lives and, of course, their music.

Olly Murs, Happy Days


Olly Murs invites you behind the scenes in his official illustrated autobiography filled with hundreds of brand new and exclusive photos.

‘My life has been a non-stop roller-coaster of extreme emotions, crazy days, unexpected highs and yet my life hasn’t been without its low points too. I’ve tried to imagine myself sitting down with you explaining what I was thinking and feeling during those times. I hope this book will give you a behind-the-scenes view of my journey into a place where I finally found what had been missing in my life for all those years: music.’

Endearingly written with disarming honesty and filled with exclusive new and unseen photographs on and offstage, Happy Days takes you closer to Olly than you’ve ever been before.

Madeleine, Our Daughter’s Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her, Kate McCann


‘The decision to publish this book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts … My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth … Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn’t done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give. As with every action we have taken over the last five years, it ultimately boils down to whether what we are doing could help us to find Madeleine. When the answer to that question is yes, or even possibly, our family can cope with anything … Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.’

Call the Midwife, Farewell to the East End, Jennifer Worth


This final book in Jennifer Worth’s memories of her time as a midwife in London’s East end brings her story full circle. As always there are heartbreaking stories such as the family devastated by tuberculosis and a ship’s woman who ‘serviced’ the entire crew, as well as plenty of humour and warmth, such as the tale of two women who shared the same husband! Other stories cover backstreet abortions, the changing life of the docklands, infanticide, as well as the lives of the inhabitants of Nonnatus House. We discover what happens with the gauche debutant Chummy and her equally gauche policeman; will Sister Monica Joan continue her life of crime? Will Sister Evangelina ever crack a smile? And what of Jennifer herself? The book not only details the final years of the tenements but also of Jennifer’s journey as she moves on from the close community of nuns, and her life takes a new pat

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