Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London.
Comptable londonien sans envergure et sans histoires, Gros Charlie Nancy ne se distingue de la majorité de ses concitoyens que par une timidité maladive et une peur du ridicule qui confine à la paranoïa. Ah ! et accessoirement, il est le fils du dieu Anansi. Le problème, c'est que c'est son frangin, Mygale, qui a hérité des pouvoirs paternels. A l'aise en toute circonstance, doté d'un charme irrésistible, d'un bagout insolent, d'un mépris éhonté pour toute considération morale... tout l'inverse de Gros Charlie, qui a dû se contenter, lui, du sens des responsabilités et d'un goût pathologique pour le conformisme. Aussi, le jour où Mygale débarque dans sa vie pathétique, bien décidé à y mettre un peu de piment, ses ennuis ne font que commencer...
''Victoria Hislop''s view of history in her novels is, like the writer herself, a compassionate and generous one'' Scotsman Beloved author Victoria Hislop returns to Crete in this long-anticipated sequel to her multi-million-copy Number One bestseller, The Island . 25th August 1957. The island of Spinalonga closes its leper colony. And a moment of violence has devastating consequences. When time stops dead for Maria Petrakis and her sister, Anna, two families splinter apart and, for the people of Plaka, the closure of Spinalonga is forever coloured with tragedy. In the aftermath, the question of how to resume life looms large. Stigma and scandal need to be confronted and somehow, for those impacted, a future built from the ruins of the past. Number one bestselling author Victoria Hislop returns to the world and characters she created in The Island - the award-winning novel that remains one of the biggest selling reading group novels of the century. It is finally time to be reunited with Anna, Maria, Manolis and Andreas in the weeks leading up to the evacuation of the island... and beyond. Discover for yourself why ten million readers worldwide love the novels of Victoria Hislop... ''Anyone who reads Victoria Hislop''s novels falls in love with Greece - and not just the beaches and ancient sites but with the people and their recent history'' S Mag ''Nobody writes about Greece quite like Victoria Hislop'' Red ''Brilliantly researched historical fiction'' Observer ''Brings Greek history to compelling life'' Sunday Times ''When it comes to tales about Greece, Hislop is an undisputed queen'' Heat
Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now 14, racial tension is stirring in South Carolina and after fleeing with her black friend she begins to find peace.
On a platform in occupied Paris, a mother whispers goodbye. It is the end. But also the beginning... ''What a book... Emotional and heartrending...absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout. A wonderful achievement'' Jill Mansell Beautiful. Powerful. Unforgettable. A stunning portrait of the brutality of war and the tenacity of love. In the tradition of Virginia Baily''s Early One Morning and M. L. Stedman''s The Light Between Oceans. Paris 1944 A young woman''s future is torn away in a heartbeat. Herded on to a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope. Santa Cruz 1953 Jean-Luc thought he had left it all behind. The scar on his face a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi Occupation. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door. On a darkened platform, two destinies become entangled. Their choice will change the future in ways neither could have imagined. Beginning on an ordinary day and ending on an extraordinary one, WHILE PARIS SLEPT is an unforgettable read. ''Both epic and intimate, this unexpected story had me completely and utterly enraptured. You''ll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion'' Louise Candlish '' While Paris Slept made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind''s capacity for both beautiful, selfless love and terrible, heartbreaking cruelty. Prepare to be thoroughly engrossed in this compelling book'' Natasha Lester ''What a book, I absolutely loved it. An ingenious plot, wonderful believable characters and it moved me to tears. A fabulous read'' Lesley Pearse ''A heartbreaking debut. The novel delves into eternal questions: How far will we go to protect our child? Is love holding tightly or letting go?'' Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library ''A powerful and poignant debut from a brilliant and bold new novelist.'' Imogen Kealey, author of Liberation EARLY 5 STAR READER REVIEWS FOR WHILE PARIS SLEPT ... ''This book was beautiful - a book on love and courage demonstrated in different ways, showing that there is no one way to love or be brave. I was unable to stop reading *****'' Goodreads reviewer '' For fans of Sophie''s Choice and Sarah''s Key , While Paris Slept is an atmospheric debut about the cost of war and the consequences of love. Impressive *****'' Goodreads reviewer ''I loved this novel, I''m still crying. A truly beautiful book that captures the meaning of parental love in all its forms. I highly recommend this book to all my book groups. *****'' Goodreads reviewer ''I loved While Paris Slept . I finished the novel with tears in my eyes. An uplifting novel and will be great for book clubs'' *****'' Goodreads reviewer ''I really liked this book. It felt a lot like The Alice Network. Very well done. Highly recommend'' Goodreads reviewer ''An excellent and thrilling novel *****'' Goodreads reviewer
Find hope in the unexpected in this unforgettable debut novel about grief and friendship, for readers of Patrick Ness, Sarah Winman and Max Porter. Isaac stands alone on a bridge and screams into the river below. And then, an answer. A cry of despair perhaps even greater than his own. The sound draws Isaac into the woods. What he finds there changes everything. It''s a tale that might seem familiar. A broken man and an unexpected guest, who can''t stay forever. But real life isn''t a story. It''s full of truths, messy and surprising, that Isaac has been hiding from his new, improbable friend... Powerful, hopeful and utterly extraordinary, this is a truly original tale of love and loss, told with warmth and imaginative humour, from an unforgettable new voice in fiction.
An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat and a stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his adoptive family from evil. These tales and many more await in Gaiman's storybook.
''With an abundance of delightful cameos from all of your favourite literary heroes as well as a fascinating rendering of Paris''s glory days during the 1920s and 30s, this novel will transport you as only the best historical fiction can'' NATASHA LESTER , bestselling author of The Paris Secret The compelling story of Sylvia Beach, founder of the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris, who fought against all the odds to bring one of the most important books of the twentieth century to the world. When bookish young American Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare and Company on a quiet street in Paris in 1919, she has no idea that she and her new bookshop will change the course of literature itself. Shakespeare and Company is more than a bookshop and lending library: many of the most prominent writers of the Lost Generation, like Ernest Hemingway, consider it a second home. It''s where some of the most important literary friendships of the twentieth century are forged - none more so than the one between Irish writer James Joyce and Sylvia herself. When Joyce''s controversial novel Ulysses is banned, Beach takes a massive risk and publishes it under the auspices of Shakespeare and Company. But the success and notoriety of publishing the most infamous and influential book of the century comes with steep costs. The future of her beloved shop itself is threatened when the novel''s success brings other publishers to woo Joyce away. Her most cherished relationships are put to the test as Paris is plunged deeper into the Depression and many expatriate friends return to America. As she faces painful personal and financial crises, Sylvia - a woman who has made it her mission to honour the life-changing impact of books - must decide what Shakespeare and Company truly means to her.
War brought them together. Liberation would tear them apart. FROM THE AUTHOR OF WHILE PARIS SLEPT, A POWERFUL NOVEL OF LOVE, RETRIBUTION AND ATONEMENT. ''Words are power. They can bring you down, they can lift you up, make your heart soar, make you fall in love. Or make you hate.'' Paris 1943. Elise Chevalier knows what it is to hate. Her fiance, a young French soldier, was killed by the German army at the Maginot Line. Elise''s mother fears for her outspoken daughter. In occupied Paris, there is a punishment for those who draw attention to themselves; those who refuse to stay silent. Brittany 1963 . Reaching for the old suitcase under her mother''s bed, eighteen-year-old Josephine Chevalier searches for her birth certificate. What she discovers shakes her to the core: her mother has been keeping a secret. Determined to discover the truth, Josephine travels to Paris, to her mother''s sister. There, she learns the story of a French girl in danger and a forbidden love affair. Of the last stolen hours before the first light of Liberation. And of the whispered words of a shocking betrayal that would irrevocably change the course of a young woman''s life for ever... A heartbreaking portrait of war and retribution in its aftermath, THE LAST HOURS IN PARIS is also a redemptive story of forgiveness and enduring love. Acclaim for the unforgettable international bestseller WHILE PARIS SLEPT: ''What a book... Emotional and heartrending...absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout. A wonderful achievement'' JILL MANSELL ''I absolutely loved it. An ingenious plot, wonderful believable characters and it moved me to tears. A fabulous read'' LESLEY PEARSE '' An amazing story of love, resilience and the human spirit'' TRACY REES ''You''ll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion... Had me completely and utterly enraptured'' LOUISE CANDLISH ''Brace yourself for a brilliant read. This will tug at your heartstrings'' BEST ''Made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind''s capacity for both terrible, heartbreaking cruelty and beautiful, selfless love'' NATASHA LESTER ''A heartbreaking debut'' JANET SKESLIEN CHARLES, AUTHOR OF THE PARIS LIBRARY
A heartbreakingly beautiful novel, The Memory Box unlocks an unforgettable epic story of love and war, f rom the million-copy-selling author of The Letter , Kathryn Hughes. If you adored The Nightingale , The Tuscan Contessa or My Name is Eva, this is the book for you. She had locked away her story for decades. It was time to set the past free... 2019. On her one-hundredth birthday, Jenny Turner opens the beautifully carved wooden box beside her bed, the box she was given by the man who loved her, which holds only three items - an old pebble, a carving and a newspaper cutting. Picking up the cutting, she knows the time is finally here. There is one last goodbye she needs to say, and to do this she must find a way to return to the mountainside village in Italy, where seventy-five years ago, at a time of war, she fought for love and for freedom, experienced great loss...and left behind a piece of her heart. Readers adore the bestselling novels of Kathryn Hughes: ''Hope rises from despair and new beginnings are forged in the most extraordinary and unexpected way. Kathryn Hughes delves deeply into the heart and soul of her characters, making them totally relatable...like friends you really care for. My addiction to this novel was total and uncompromising *****'' ''Wonderful! First book I have read by Kathryn Hughes and will now read her previous stories. I loved it *****'' ''Another great story from Kathryn Hughes *****'' ''As always, a lovely story by Kathryn Hughes *****'' ''An amazing, heartwrenching, unforgettable story *****'' ''This beautiful story will bring tears and joy *****'' ''Loved this story !! It kept me totally gripped although I was sobbing in places as well *****'' ''A tale of love and hope with lots of twists and turns. A great story! *****''
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NO. 1 BESTSELLERS THE WOMEN WHO RAN AWAY AND THE MISSING WIFE At the first wedding, there ''s a shock The second wedding is unexpected By the third, Delphie thinks nothing could surprise her. But she''s wrong . . . Delphie is enjoying her brother''s wedding. Her surprise last-minute Plus One has stunned her family - and it''s also stopped any of them asking again why she''s still single. But when she sees all the missed calls that evening, she knows it can''t be good news. And she''s right. Delphie has been living her best life, loving her job, her friends, her no-strings relationships and her dream house by the sea. Now she has to question everything she believed about who she is and what she wants. Is her mum right - is it time to settle down? Or does she want to keep on trying to have it all? Each wedding of a glorious summer brings a new surprise. And as everything Delphie thought she had is threatened, she has the chance to reshape her future . . . ''One of my favourite authors'' Marian Keyes ''Sheila''s books always make you feel as if you''ve spent time with a good friend'' Carole Matthews
The complete SIX TUDOR QUEENS short-story collection by acclaimed historian and SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING author, Alison Weir. ''This brilliant series has brought Henry VIII''s six wives to life as never before'' TRACY BORMAN ''Detailed, immaculately researched and convincing'' THE TIMES ''Lingers long after the last page is turned'' ELIZABETH FREMANTLE --- Behind every great king stands a queen. And behind every queen, the whole court watches on... Over the years of his reign, six different women took their place beside King Henry VIII of England as his wife and queen. But the real stories of the six Tudor queens belong to those who lived among them. Played out in glittering palaces and whispering courts, these are tales of the people who loved and served these women, and those who lied and betrayed them. Collected together for the first time, In the Shadow of Queens reveals thirteen startling stories from the Tudor court, told by those at the very heart of that world. ALISON WEIR. Groundbreaking truth. Breathtaking fiction. --- PRAISE FOR THE SIX TUDOR QUEENS SERIES: ''Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life'' Guardian ''A tour de force'' Susan Ronald ''Alison Weir makes history come alive as no one else'' Barbara Erskine ''Well researched and engrossing'' Good Housekeeping ''Hugely enjoyable . . . Alison Weir knows her subject and has a knack for the telling and textural detail'' Daily Mail
It is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has only just begun. Queenie Bligh?s neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but Queenie doesn?t know when her husband will return, or if he will come back at all.
The epic love story of 2021, for fans of Daisy Jones and the Six. Whitman ''Win'' Tagore and Leo Milanowski are the greatest love story of our time. International movie star meets the beautiful son of a millionaire. Their kisses write headlines and their fights break the internet. Nobody needs to know it''s not real. Win knows that Hollywood demands perfection - especially from a woman of colour. Leo just wants to enjoy life, and shift press attention away from his dysfunctional family. Together they control the narrative. Except this time, on the shores of Saint-Tropez, Leo is hiding a secret that is about to send Win''s world spinning. Now everyone''s dream couple must confront the messy reality of their relationship. Just as they''re starting to realise that they might actually be falling in love... THE VIEW WAS EXHAUSTING is a bold, swoon-worthy and utterly modern debut novel about truth, fame and privilege - and how we love now.
From the Sunday Times bestselling author, Bolu Babalola, comes the romantic comedy we''ve all be waiting for. The sharp-tongued (and secretly soft-hearted) Kiki Banjo is an expert in relationship-evasion, and likes to keep her feelings close to her chest. As the host of the popular student radio show, Brown Sugar , it is her mission to make sure the women who make up the Afro-Caribbean Society at Whitewell University also do not fall into the mess of ''situationships'', players and heartbreak. But when Kiki meets the distressingly handsome and charming newcomer Malakai Korede - who she has publicly denounced as ''The Wasteman of Whitewell'' - her defences are weakened and her heart is compromised. A clash embroils them in a fake relationship to salvage both their reputations and save their futures, and soon she finds herself in danger of falling for the very man she warned her girls about. A side-splittingly funny and sparkling debut, Honey & Spice is full of delicious tension and romantic intrigue that will make you weak at the knees.
This brilliant series has brought Henry VIII''s six wives to life as never before, and with Katharine Parr Alison Weir has saved the best until last. With stunning period detail and compelling drama throughout, Katharine emerges as a woman far ahead of her time: fiercely intelligent, courageous, passionate and inspiring, charting a course through the deadly waters of the Tudor court. This novel will enthrall and inspire, just as much as it will break your heart.
Neil Gaiman's extraordinary Fragile Things , from the bestselling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and American Gods , reveals one of the world's most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers, and harnesses the Gothic power of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber to the storytelling genius of Stephen King. 'The collections also boasts lush prose . . . and a winning faith in the enchantment of stories' Kirkus Reviews The distinctive genius of Neil Gaiman has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King. With THE SANDMAN Neil Gaiman created one of the most sophisticated, intelligent and influential graphic novel series of our time. Now Gaiman has produced FRAGILE THINGS, his second collection of short fiction. These stories will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul.
'She brings Greek history to compelling life' The Sunday Times ' Hislop has done her research and handles the great sweep of complex Greek history with skill and confidence' Daily Mail Athens, 1941. Nazi forces occupy Greece ... and a nation falls apart. Victoria Hislop's NEW Sunday Times Number One bestseller takes you into the darker days of Greek history and, through the eyes of its extraordinary heroine, illuminates the courage it takes to live in peace. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade. Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance. In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek. Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live. As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen. This gripping new novel from bestselling author Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece's past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life. Victoria Hislop. Discover for yourself why 10 million readers worldwide love her books... Here's what the critics said about Those Who Are Loved : 'A searing and powerful story full of passion, showing how one woman's ideals and beliefs shape everything that she becomes. It's both a beautifully woven love story and a spellbinding, heart-breaking depiction of a country torn apart by hatred' Daily Express 'A glorious Greek setting and rich historical detail form the backdrop of this captivating and poignant story' Woman & Home 'An eye-opening and moving read' Mirror 'Anyone who reads Victoria Hislop's novels falls in love with Greece ... A moving read that sweeps you through time' S Magazine 'A wonderfully researched and beautifully written piece of historical fiction' CultureFly