We’re well into Autumn now – Thunder, Lightening – buckets of rain, soggy leaves and mud everywhere – lovely! So after a mad rush with the kids into the park, on their bikes or trying to find some shiny brown conkers, dodging raindrops – shake off your wet coat and jeans, put on a nice cosy Onesie and curl up with a hot chocolate to read one of the lates, greatest and affordable books we have sourced with the help of Amazon…
The Blue Flower, Candia McWilliam
The year is 1794 and Fritz, passionate, idealistic and brilliant, is seeking his father’s permission to announce his engagement to his heart’s desire: twelve-year-old Sophie. His astounded family and friends are amused and disturbed by his betrothal. What can he be thinking?
Tracing the dramatic early years of the young German who was to become the great romantic poet and philosopher Novalis, ‘The Blue Flower’ is a masterpiece of invention, evoking the past with a reality that we can almost feel.
The King’s Deception, Steve Berry
Former Justice Department agent, Cotton Malone, travels to England and finds himself caught in a dark conspiracy born long ago, in the time of the Tudors.
Now both the CIA and MI6 seem to be competing to uncover the mystery and, for Malone, supposedly on holiday with his son, Gary, it’s not just the action which comes thick and fast. When Gary disappears, Malone is forced into a race against time, as he battles to decipher a puzzle that leads him from the Middle Temple to the chapel at Windsor Castle, from an Oxford college to the sewers beneath Hampton Court.
With assassins, traitors, spies, and dangerous disciples of a secret society closing in, Malone discovers that the solution to the mystery will not only draw him into a lethal trap, but force him closer to his own troubling past. And a shocking revelation.
The Pleasures of Autumn, Evie Hunter
When museum curator Sinead O’Sullivan is charged with stealing the Fire of Autumn, a dazzling ruby with a history of violence and treachery, bail is set at one million Swiss francs. Investigator Niall Moore is hired to stop her fleeing and to find the jewel.
Their sexual chemistry is electric but logic says to ignore it. Desperate as she is to convince Niall of her innocence, Sinead cannot reveal everything she knows. And the feisty red-head’s improbable tale tells him that she is not to be trusted.
Yet it’s impossible to ignore the carnal heat between them. Niall, an expert interrogator, uses every trick of the trade – and every weapon in his erotic armoury – to get at the truth. Sinead, a fast learner, counters his every move with one of her own. Thief and thief-taker fight for dominance and there can be only one winner.
But what happens in their red-hot game of cat-and-mouse when criminals chasing the precious jewel come after Sinead … and the stakes become deadly?
Touch and Go, Lisa Gardner
Justin and Libby Denbe have it all: a beautiful daughter; a gorgeous house; a great marriage, admired by all.
Arriving at the crime scene of their home, investigator Tessa Leoni finds no witnesses, no ransom demands or motive – just a perfect little family, gone.
But Tessa knows that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now, she must race against the clock to uncover the truth. Who would want to kidnap such a family? And how far would they be willing to go?
Doc Martin – Mistletoe and Wine, Sam North
The festive season in the small Cornish village of Portwenn is going to be anything but easy for curmudgeonly Doc Martin. His idea of a perfect Christmas Day is to remain steadfastly alone and catch up with back issues of The Lancet.
However, Portwenn is fighting off the cold and frost with a period of determined revelry before it heads into its deep winter sleep, and his patients are even more exasperating than usual. Not to mention his on-off relationship with local school teacher, Louisa.
It will take all of Doc Martin’s willpower to fend off the attentions of the Christmas spirit…
The Ghost Hunters, Neil Spring
The French Gardener, Santa Montifiore
Married couple, Miranda and David, move out of London into a beautiful country house with an idyllic garden. But reality turns out to be very different from their bucolic dream. Soon the latent unhappiness in the family begins to come to the surface, isolating each family member in a bubble of resentment and loneliness. Then a mysterious Frenchman arrives on their doorstep. With the wisdom of nature, he slowly begins to heal the past and the present. But who is he?
When Miranda discovers his secret in the cottage by the garden, the whole family learns that a garden, like love itself, can restore the human spirit, not just season after season, but generation after generation. Wise and winsome, poignant and powerfully moving, The French Gardener combines the savvy of contemporary women’s fiction with an old fashioned sensibility steeped in the importance of family and the magical power of love.
Take a Look at Me Now, Miranda Dickinson
Step Back in Time, Ali McNamara
When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1963. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store.
If she’s ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she’s jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again?
Abandoned Child, Kitty Neale
Ruth has been living the life of a wealthy widow on the Costa Blanca. But the money has run out and she’s going to need to provide for herself and her seven year old daughter Penny, an unwanted product of her short and loveless marriage.
She ups sticks and returns to Margate, England determined to set up her own business, at any cost. Penny is the last thing on her mind as she throws herself into her new venture, and the poor little girl is left in the care of others, distanced from the cold and uncaring mother whose eyes are on the dirty tricks she’s prepared to play to get what she wants.
Lorna, Ruth’s old friend, becomes everything to Penny, offering the love and attention she should have found with her own mother. For Lorna, Penny is the closest thing to the daughter she has always longer for. But Lorna harbours a devastating secre
Gareth Bale- The Biography, Frank Worrall
Always an exceptional athlete (at school his PE teacher had to impose special restrictions on him to make it fair for other pupils) Bale became the second youngest player ever to sign to Southampton at 16 years and 275 days. He was extremely impressive in his first season and wasn t long before the Premier League came calling and in 2007 Bale signed a four-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur.
By 2009 he had secured a place in the first team and proved himself to be a top-class footballer with a stunning hat-trick in Tottenham s Europa League tie against Inter Milan at the San Siro and a man-of-the-match performance in the return leg. Despite these successes and several appearances for Wales, Bale was looking beyond the Premier League and he wouldn t have to wait too much longer to see his dream realised.
All Because of Henry, Nuala Gardner
All Because of Henry picks up the lead from the international bestseller, A Friend Like Henry, which traced the childhood journey of Dale, the Gardner family and, of course, their amazing golden retriever Henry, who has finally helped Dale to communicate with the world. Now, we meet Dale again, aged seventeen, to find out where his story goes next. He is no longer the victim of severe classical autism, but a young man facing a challenging and uncertain future. Autism changes, but it never goes away. Dale is ready for the world, but is the world ready for him and for his peers?
Against the backdrop of the adversity and prejudice they’ve suffered, Nuala’s marriage is crumbling. But there’s now a new four-legged friend in the family to help them through it all. Henry’s legacy is a continuing and generous one. In the steps of that wonderful dog, their tale takes unexpected twists. Nuala finds a new life and career, which, to her surprise, is often beyond these shores. Their story did not end with Henry; it began, and it continues, in wit, warmth, heartbreak, and ultimately, in triumph.
One Chance, Paul Potts
Most people only dream about becoming a famous superstar but, against all odds, one man did just that. This is his journey. One Chance is the remarkable true story of Paul Potts, mobile phone salesman by day, amateur singer by night, who stepped onto the stage in the first series of Britain s Got Talent, and changed his life. When he opened his mouth to sing Puccini s Nessun Dorma, judge Simon Cowell and millions of viewers were stunned.
Paul went on to win the contest and become a YouTube sensation and multi-platinum artist virtually overnight. Five years and three successful albums later, the international singing sensation recalls his experiences on the road to stardom.
Filled with intimate recollections not featured in the film, this is the wonderful story of how a shy and bullied young man seized his biggest dreams and won audiences around the world.
I Didn’t See That Coming(The Voice), Andrea Begley
Andrea Begley stunned the nation with her unique voice and was the brilliant winner of series two of The Voice UK. This is the exclusive story of her journey to the top. From her childhood in Ireland, coming to terms with the loss of 90% of her vision, to her university days and her passion for politics and above all, music.
The Voice was the opportunity Andrea had been waiting for and she made sure nothing would hold her back. In this book, Andrea reveals the moments of terror and triumph, the pressure and euphoria, what it’s really like to work with Danny O’Donoghue and what it feels like to have finally achieved her dream against all odds.
An incredible voice, an incredible woman. This is her story.
A Gift of Hope, Danielle Steel
In her powerful memoir His Bright Light, Danielle Steel opened her heart to share the devastating story of the loss of her beloved son. In A Gift of Hope, she shows us how she transformed that pain into a campaign of service that enriched her life beyond what she could imagine.
For eleven years, Danielle Steel took to the streets with a small team to help the homeless of San Francisco. She worked under cover of darkness distributing food, clothing, bedding, tools, and toiletries to the city’s most vulnerable citizens. She sought no publicity for her efforts and remained anonymous throughout. Now she has chosen to tell her story to bring attention to their plight.
In this unflinchingly honest and deeply moving memoir, the famously private author speaks out publicly for the first time about her work among the most desperate members of society. She offers achingly acute portraits of the people she met along the way-and issues a heartfelt call for more effective action to aid this vast, deprived population. Determined to supply the homeless with the basic necessities to keep them alive, she ends up giving them something far more powerful: a voice.
By turns candid and inspirational, Danielle Steel’s A Gift of Hope is a true act of advocacy and love.
The Girl With No Name, Marina Chapman
‘It all happened so quickly. One minute I was squatting on the bare earth, preoccupied with popping pea pods. The next, I saw the flash of a black hand and white cloth, and before I even had a chance to cry out it had sailed towards my face, and completely covered it . . .’
In 1954, in a remote South American village, a four-year-old girl was abducted and then abandoned deep in the Colombian rainforest.
So begins the incredible true story of Marina Chapman, who went on to spend several years alone in the jungle, her only family a troop of capuchin monkeys. Using instinct to guide her, she copied everything they did and soon learned to fend for herself.
At around ten years old, a completely feral Marina was returned to civilisation by hunters, who sold her to a brothel. After being enslaved and beaten daily, she escaped – to live the perilous existence of a Colombian city street kid.
Marina’s life as a wild child wasn’t over. In some ways, it had only just begun. This is her astonishing story.
The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible, Sarah Stacey
In this latest in their bestselling Beauty Bible series, health and beauty experts Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey bring together everything a woman needs to know about feeling great, looking gorgeous and being fabulous, whatever your age. Chapters include guidance on skin, hair, make-up, hands, feet and nails, sleep, exercise and much more. There are top tips for taking off ten years in minutes as well as the secrets of inspirational older women. And of course Jo and Sarah’s trademark ‘tried and tested’ reports on scores of health and beauty products – reliably tested by over 5,800 women. Packed with insider info from the world’s leading experts, this is the bible for the older woman, showing you how to look, feel and be fabulous – forever.
The 21 Day Sugar Detox, Diane Sanfilippo
“Are you ready to get your sugar and carb cravings under control? The 21-Day Sugar Detox is a clear-cut, effective, whole-foods-based nutrition action plan that will naturally re-set your body and your habits! More than 10,000 people have already succeeded with this easy-to-follow plan. Now it’s your turn! In just three weeks, you can free yourself from cravings, regain your energy, and feel great again. This simple detox plan will help you break the stronghold of your worst go-to foods: the sweets, the refined grains you grab on the go, even the many seemingly “”okay”” foods that contain hidden sugars.
The 21-Day Sugar Detox offers easy-to-follow meal plans and more than 75 recipes suitable for all levels of the program. Start The 21-Day Sugar Detox today. Why wait?”
Big Book of Pilates, Brooke Siler
Trained by Joseph Pilate’s protege, Romana Kryzanowska, Brooke Siler is an unparalleled expert and one of the most sought after teachers for her signature body re-shaping techniques. Combining the best of flexibility and strength training, Pilates is the path to the lean fit body every woman craves – and the Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates guides readers in every step (and leg lift…) of the way. Using the body as the ultimate fitness vehicle and taking inspiration from yoga, dance, and strength training, Pilates transforms bodies in record time. From basic mat moves to the right foods that fuel a lean, toned figure, The Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates is the go-to guide for beginners and experts alike.
The Burden of Choice, Georgina Pearson
Finding out during pregnancy that your much wanted baby has been diagnosed with an abnormality is a traumatic and devastating experience. Deciding to end the pregnancy is a choice no-one should have to make. Gathered here are the experiences of 25 mothers who have lost a baby in these circumstances. Their stories, which are dedicated to the babies they have lost, have been written to help and support anyone facing a similar decision. All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC), a UK national charity that provides non-directive support and information to expectant and bereaved parents throughout and after the antenatal screening and testing process.
Mum’s Not Having Chemo, Laura Bond
In March 2011 Laura Bond’s mother Gemma was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer. Laura discovered that the only thing more shocking than telling someone your mother has cancer was revealing that she had declined chemotherapy. But, according to studies, many oncologists would do the same. So Laura, a journalist, started writing a blog to explain her mother’s decision to say ‘no’ to mainstream medicine and ‘yes’ to hydrogen peroxide, vitamin C injections and infrared saunas.
Mum’s Not Having Chemo shares Gemma’s natural healing story as well as advice from over 60 of the world’s leading cancer specialists and holistic healers – from oncologists in Tokyo to energy healers in Harley Street.
If you want to explore alternative options, or find ways to supplement your conventional care, this book provides cutting edge research from around the world and describes treatments road-tested by Gemma and other cancer survivors. It’s an invaluable and uplifting companion to help you make the best choices for your own healing journey.