Another year, and we’re already almost into February! I bought a snow shovel in November (for the first time ever) So you have me to thank for the fact that we’ve had no white stuff. January is traditionally the month where we all get a little low, so curl up, relax and see what’s out there right now in the great world of escapism, whether it be funny, sad, thrilling, scary – we have them all right here…..
The Unwelcomed Child, V C Andrews
Elle Edwards, who has been told she’s a product of her mother’s sinful mistake, has never gone to school, never met a teenager her own age, never even been allowed off of her grandparents’ property. Convinced that their granddaughter is infected with evil, Myra and Prescott Edwards believe that only the harshest child-rearing methods will prevent Elle from becoming an instrument of the devil. When Elle’s mother finally returns home and tells a different story of her daughter’s conception, Elle worries her grandparents are right. But with the help of a handsome boy vacationing nearby, Elle is finally about to discover the truth about her past…
The Ghostly Father, Sue Barnard
Romeo & Juliet – was this what really happened? When Juliet Roberts is asked to make sense of an ancient Italian manuscript, she little suspects that she will find herself propelled into the midst of one of the greatest love stories of all time. But this is only the beginning. As more hidden secrets come to light, Juliet discovers that the tragic tale of her famous namesake might have had a very different outcome… A favourite classic story with a major new twist.
Wanted, J Kenner
I know better than to trust him, that I should never risk my heart. But fierce passion comes at a high price. I grew up believing in right and wrong, good and evil, black and white – that there were some boundaries that could never be crossed. And then I met Tyler Sharp. Bold, charming, and dangerously sexy, Tyler always gets what he wants. But his smile can be deceiving, his dealings sordid, his ambitions ruthless. I thought I was the one woman strong enough to resist him, but our need for each other is too urgent to deny. One look and I’m in trouble. One touch and I’m hooked. One night and I’m his. And once I fall, there’s no going back.
Before We Met, Lucie Whitehouse
Until You’re Mine, Samantha Hayes
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah’s eleventh birthday, Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimké is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins …
A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.
Big Brother, Lionel Shriver
Pandora has looked up to her older brother Edison since they were children. Now she revels in the anonymity
of her suburban Iowa life, while her brother basks in the limelight as a New York jazz musician. But when Edison
arrives in Iowa, suddenly in need of a place to stay, Pandora literally doesn’t recognize him. The once slim, hip pianist
has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened?
Soon Edison’s appalling diet and know-it-all monologues are driving Pandora and her husband Fletcher insane.
And it’s only a matter of time before Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum, it’s him or me.
With Shriver’s distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother not only examines why we overeat, but asks more pressingly still: just how much should you sacrifice for someone who refuses to be saved?
Sisterland, Curtis Sittenfeld
Longbourn, Jo Baker
The Shock of the Fall, Nathen Filer
I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’
There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.
There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.
There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.
The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.
The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.
The Lost Art of Having Fun, Gyles and Saethryd Brandreth
Craft Show & Sell, Jayne Torie
Through highly visual, step-by-step tutorials and inspiring profiles on some of the world’s most successful crafters, Craft Show & Sell delivers all the advice and vision that today’s crafters need to take their brand or business forward into a new realm. Step into the workspaces, shops and online personalities of those global designers and expert makers who have turned the art of craft – be it knitting, crochet, sewing, jewellery-making, paper engineering or printing – into a successful business model. Be inspired by through-the-keyhole ventures into their atmospheric and often ingenious craft spaces, with a range of insider projects to help organise and energise your craft room.
This Book Will Make You Happy, Jessamy Hibberd, Jo Usmar
Running Like a Girl, Alexandra Heminsley
Her first attempt did not end well. Six years later, she has run five marathons in two continents.
But, as her dad says, you run with your head as much as with your legs. So, while this is a book about running, it’s not just about running.You could say it’s about ambition (yes, getting out of bed on a rainy Sunday morning counts), relationships (including talking to the intimidating staff in the trainer shop), as well as your body (your boobs don’t have to wobble when you run). But it’s also about realising that you can do more than you ever thought possible.
Fat Chance, The Hidden Truth About Sugar, Obesity and Disease, Dr Robert Lustig
Freedom From Emotional Eating, Paul McKenna
– Do you ever feel frustrated and hopeless about your weight?
– Do you wish that you felt differently about food, about yourself, and about life?
Then let Paul McKenna help you!
Snooki’s Baby Book, Nicole Polizzi
In the tradition of Jenny McCarthy’s Belly Laughs, bestselling author and reality television star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi presents a “tell it like it is” book on pregnancy and childbirth; covering everything from the symptoms, the sex, to post-birth “Mommy milestones.” The party girl of Jersey Shore has grown into a loving new mom, and her funny, heartwarming book tells her story and offers her hard-won guidance. The greatest thing Snooki has ever done was an accident. Snooki’s son Lorenzo, the result of an accidental pregnancy, was never a mistake. By a lot of people’s standards, it sure seemed like one. When she and her boyfriend Jionni found out she was knocked up, they weren’t married or engaged, she was only 24 and still living with her parents, and she had zero baby experience. And, Snooki’s TV persona was a reckless, trashed party girl–the complete opposite of a selfless, sober responsible parent. From a practical professional and emotional standpoint, Snooki was not ready to become a mom. Immediately, Snooki quit drinking, smoking and partying. Her life and outlook changed in a heartbeat. Her book is a funny and frank story of an accidental pregnancy, and the misadventures and joys along the way.
Girl Least Likely to: 30 Years of Fashion, Fasting and Fleet Street, Liz Jones
Liz Jones is Fashion Editor of the Daily Mail, and a columnist for the Mail on Sunday. She is the former editor of Marie Claire, which sounds quite an achievement, but she was sacked three years in. A psychotherapist once told her, ‘What you brood on will hatch’, and she was right. Nothing Liz ever did in life ever worked out. Nothing. Not one single thing. Liz grew up in Essex, the youngest of seven children. Her mother was a martyr, her dad so dashing that no other man could ever live up to his pressed and polished standards. Her siblings terrified her, with their Afghan coats, cigarettes, parties, sex and drugs. They made her father shout, and her mother cry. Liz became an anorexic aged eleven, an illness that continues to blight her life today. She remained a virgin until her thirties, and even then found the wait wasn’t really worth it; it was just one more thing to add to her to do list. She was named Columnist of the Year 2012 by the British Society of Magazine Editors, but is still too frightened to answer the phone, too filled with disgust at her own image to glance in the mirror or eat a whole avocado. She lives alone with her four rescued collies, three horses and seventeen cats. Girl Least Likely To is the opposite of ‘having it all’. It is a life lesson in how NOT to be a woman.
Kate Moss, Chris Roberts
“Kate Moss has grown up in public,” wrote journalist Julie Burchill back in 1999, “into one of the most singular and shimmering icons our damp little island has ever produced.” Today, Kate is one of the most recognizable – and, against all odds, durable – stars alive. To more than one generation, she’s the rebel queen, the model who made herself the embodiment of the rock’n’ roll spirit, the stylista and the unconventional mother and wife. In celebration of her 26-year career and 40th birthday in January 2014, this book looks back at her life in beautiful images and revealing text. Moss has achieved something that no other model has. She has worked in fashion for over three decades, launching trends, defining styles, but never becoming dated. Most models become irrevocably associated with one era, but not Kate. Her look evolves and so does she, which makes her an endlessly fascinating subject, photographically and biographically.
Love Letters of the Great War, Helen Dunmore, Mandy Kirkby
From the private papers of Winston Churchill to the tender notes of an unknown Tommy in the trenches, Love Letters of the Great War brings together some of the most romantic correspondence ever written.Some of the letters collected here are eloquent declarations of love and longing; others contain wrenching accounts of fear, jealousy and betrayal; many share sweet dreams of home. But in all the correspondence – whether from British, American, French, German, Russian, Australian and Canadian troops in the height of battle, or from the heartbroken wives and sweethearts left behind – there lies a truly human portrait of love and war.Each of the letters, many of which have never before been published, is introduced by a brief piece about the characters, some of whom were parted for ever by the tragedy of war; others reunited.A century on from the start of the First World War, these letters offer an intimate glimpse into the hearts of men and women separated by conflict, and show how love can transcend even the bleakest and most devastating of realities.
The Railway Man, Eric Lomax