Friday, 28 November 2014

'The Here and Now' by Ann Brashares


Release date:1st January 2015
Published by: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN No: 978 1444921922


Seventeen-year-old Prenna James emigrated to New York when she was twelve. But Prenna didn't come from a different country, she came from a different time - a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they're from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she's told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth and take the lives of her younger brothers. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan.
She might be able to save the world ... if she lets go of the one thing she's found to hold on to.



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'A Time to Remember' by Anna Jacobs


Release date:1st January 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:978 1444787672


1945 - the war in Europe is over. Most women can't wait for their men to return, but in the small town of Rivenshaw in Lancashire, Judith Crossley fears having her husband back in the house. He'd grown into a bully and a drunkard, and on the occasions he'd come home from leave, he'd hit her.
He wasn't a good father either - when their eldest daughter Kitty won a prestigious scholarship to the private girls' grammar school, Doug had tried to stop her going, saying it would turn her into a snob. Luckily Judith had help from an unlikely ally - Maynard Esher, from an old aristocratic family on the other side of town - but Judith knows that when her husband returns, she'll be blamed for letting Kitty take up her school place. She decides that for the children's sake, she must leave her husband. But with the house rented in his name, and other accommodation scarce, where on earth can they go?
Helen Bretherton is returning from being a Land Girl in Wiltshire. Her great-aunt has left her a house bordering the park in Rivenshaw, but it was partly bombed and is in a poor condition. Still, she decides to camp out in it, if it's at all habitable, because she has nowhere else to go. However, when she arrives, she finds a displaced Polish man is already living there . . .


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'Home Comforts' by James Martin


Release date:4th December 2014
Published by:Quadrille Publishing Ltd
ISBN No:978 1849494724


He champions local produce and loves growing his own, and this irresistible collection of recipes ranges from fancy dinners to impress friends, to those times when you just need to grab lunch for one in a hurry.
Much-loved for his trademark wholesome, hearty British food, in this book James shows off a fresh, light and ultra-modern side, too, in dishes like Shaved cauliflower salad with barbecued honey tomatoes. The very British love of spicy foods is properly indulged with recipes from all over the world, including Indian deep-fried soft-shell crab with a delicious home-made lime pickle. There is also the true comfort food — such as Chicken and wild mushroom frying pan pie — and old favourites such as chicken Kiev.


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Thursday, 27 November 2014

'Art Jewelry Today' by C Mallette


Release date: 1st December 2014
Published by:Schiffer Publishing
ISBN No:978-0764346781


Hundreds of fascinating colour photos reveal the wearable artwork created by today's top art jewelers of Europe, including one-of-a-kind necklaces, brooches, bracelets, rings, and earrings in gold, silver, mixed metals, glass, enamel work, found objects, and more. The artists are arranged alphabetically so readers may see the entire scope of their work on the page together. The artists provide personal statements about their work and its significance. These artists have created small sculptures that adorn the body and draw attention. This is the first book in the series to focus solely on the artists of Europe. Included among them are new artwork from artists readers have come to know in the previous volumes and an introduction to the work of artists whose jewellery has not been previously seen. This is a valuable guide to current trends in art jewellery design for buyers, jewellery enthusiasts, collectors, and artists alike.


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'If This Is A Woman' by Sarah Helm


Release date: 15th January 2015
Published by: Little Brown
ISBN No: 978 1408701072


On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 800 women - housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes - were marched through the woods fifty miles north of Berlin, driven on past a shining lake, then herded through giant gates. Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards.
Their destination was Ravensbrück, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler, prime architect of the Nazi genocide.
For decades the story of Ravensbrück was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and today is still little known. Using testimony unearthed since the end of the Cold War, and interviews with survivors who have never spoken before, Helm has ventured into the heart of the camp, demonstrating for the reader in riveting detail how easily and quickly the unthinkable horror evolved.


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'The Dublin King' by John Ashdown-Hill


Release date: 5th January 2015
Published by: The History Press
ISBN No: 978 0750960342


A year after Richard III’s death, a boy claiming to be a Yorkist prince appeared as if from nowhere, claiming to be Richard III’s heir and the rightful King of England. In 1487, in a unique ceremony, this boy was crowned in Dublin Cathedral, despite the Tudor government insisting that his real name was Lambert Simnel and that he was a mere pretender to the throne. Now, in The Dublin King, author and historian John Ashdown-Hill questions that official view. Using new discoveries, little-known evidence and insight, he seeks the truth behind the 500-year-old story of the boy-king crowned in Dublin. He also presents a link between Lambert Simnel’s story and that of George, Duke of Clarence, the brother of Richard III. On the way, the book sheds new light on the fate of the ‘Princes in the Tower’, before raising the possibility of using DNA to clarify the identity of key characters in the story and their relationships.


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'The Caves of Dunhuang' by Fan Jinshi


Release date:28th January 2015
Published by: Scala Arts and Heritage Publishers
ISBN No:978 1857598742


The cave temples of Mogao are near Dunhuang at the extreme western end of the Silk Road in China. Founded by Buddhist monks in the fourth century, the caves were inhabited as an isolated monastery for over 1,000 years. The murals with which the caves were decorated create one of the finest examples of Buddhist art in China, reflecting the changing styles of Chinese art for more than a millennium. The caves were also the repository of many other treasures, including works on silk and paper as well as tens of thousands of Buddhist manuscripts. The site itself, on the fringes of the Gobi desert, is one of great beauty and historical resonance. This book examines 50 of the finest caves in detail. Richly illustrated and beautifully designed, it gives an unparalleled introduction to the site, the quality of the murals and the other contents, and outlines one of the most fascinating stories in Asian history.


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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

'Unspeakable' by Michelle Pickett


Release date:10th February 2015
Published by:Clean Teen Publishing
ISBN No:978 1634220200


" Breathe. No one will break me. I'm strong. Breathe. Just breathe. " On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She's beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second. Willow is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt, not the hearts and flowers people believe her life is full of. She carries a dark secret. Plagued by nightmares and pain, the secret dominates her life. If she hadn't walked away. "If she had just but she didn't." And now she has to live with her choices. But when someone uncovers her family's past, they use it against her, crushing her spirit little by little. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind. When Brody transfers to Cassidy High, he turns Willow's life upside down. He shows her what it feels like to live again, really live. And suddenly, she isn't satisfied with just surviving until graduation. She wants a normal life with Brody and he wants her. But the closer they become, the more it threatens to unravel the secret she's worked so hard to hide. Willow finds true love with Brody. Will she let his love save her, or walk away from him to keep her secret safe?"



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'The Shadow Cabinet' by Maureen Johnson


Release date: 5th February 2015
Published by: Hot Key Books
ISBN No: 978 1471401800


Grieving, shaken, and feeling very much alone, Rory's life as a member of the Shades of London has changed irrevocably. It's only been a matter of hours since Stephen was taken from her, possibly for ever. Her classmate Charlotte is still missing, kidnapped by the same people who tried to take Rory. Rory is no longer a schoolgirl haplessly involved in the dealings of a secret government unit. She is their weapon in a matter of life and death. With hardly a moment to think for herself, Rory is back to work. Charlotte must be found - as must Stephen, if he is even out there. Lines must be drawn and forces rallied. Something is brewing under London, something bigger and much more dangerous than what has come before. Old friends and new are drawn into the effort. And Rory must come to understand the mystery of the Shadow Cabinet, which holds the key to everything.


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'Still Waters' by Linda Kavanagh


Release date: 1st December 2014
Published by:Mira
ISBN No:978 1848453173


There was a moment when Ivy could have told the truth.
But she didn't
Now she’s burdened with a terrible secret – something so awful that it could destroy her marriage, her career and turn her own son against her. For years her secret has been buried beneath the waters of the lake in the village where she grew up. Now she’s forced to return to the place she’s been running from for so long.
Will she ever be able to forget what happened that tragic night? Or will the unspeakable acts of the past destroy her future?



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'Cursed By Fire' by Jacquelyn Frank


Release date:24th February 2015
Published by:Piatkus
ISBN No: 978 0349400808


For centuries, Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope-until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment-if he'll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods.
Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda-heir to the throne of Hexis-and his thoughts quickly turn from the conquest of cities to the conquest of this headstrong beauty. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters into another bargain: If she will share her bed-and her body-with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces within and without. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all-even the wrath of the Goddess of Conflict-for a chance to make Selinda his forever.



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