Working as series companion and a stand-alone DIY guide to giving your home a new look this is a useful book, full of good ideas from the series participants, good design achieved without a huge budget. Like for Like Reading.. Centred on the Wopuld family and their many skeletons in the closet, this is a tale of love, deceit and dark desires. There are some very interesting twists and despite the description about the family gaming business, the emphasis is firmly on the love story between Alban and his cousin Sophie. Well worth curling up with on a rainy day or any other day for that matter.
This title is also available as an Audiobook on CD. Click here to find out more. Lawyer Mickey Haller sees money and knows he will have to work at his highest level. It turns out the victim was a prostitute he had defended on several occasions, and she had a number of contacts who could have killed her.
Weaving through the tense tale is more back story of Haller and his estranged teenage daughter. Following on from the paperback guide to the Tapestry, this new hardback shows the Tapestry in full colour plates together with details of the project, explanations of the history depicted in each panel and how over volunteer stitchers created this vibrant new work of art. Author: A. The great thing about these jockey-turned-author books is that you know the racing content is authentic. This one concerns up-and-coming jockey Duncan Claymore intent on getting his own back on the people who wronged his father, Charlie, a small-time trainer with a nose for a winner, now in a care home.
Somewhere along the way Charlie made some enemies and was framed. Those, along with the skulduggery, the betting, the racing and the twists make for a good, fun read. A very promising debut which I understand launches a series. I look forward to his next effort. John Lloyd and Jon Canter. Author: Martin W. John Fitzgerald Kennedy led the United States for barely a thousand days, and yet he is regarded as one of the great Presidents of all time for his brave decisions on civil rights and international relations, and not merely as a consequence of his tragic fate.
Kennedy steered his nation away from the brink of nuclear war, initiated the first nuclear test ban treaty and launched his nation on its mission to the moon and beyond. JFK inspired a nation, particularly the massive generation of baby boomers, injecting hope and revitalising faith in the American dream at a time when it was badly needed. Kennedy will be the only book that focuses on letters both from and to Kennedy. Kennedy presents readers with a portrait of both Kennedy the politician and Kennedy the man, as well as the turbulent times he lived in.
The beginnings of American involvement in Vietnam, a touch-and-go Cold War relationship with the Soviet bloc and many other international controversies are intertwined with Kennedy's own hushed-up health problems, his renowned controversial personal life and his charismatic engagement with the world of presidential politics. Letters to and from Martin Luther King, Jr. Each letter is accompanied by lively and informative contextualization and facsimiles of many of the letters will appear in the text, along with photographs and exclusive material from the Kennedy Library and Museum.
The vast literature generated by President John F. Kennedy's assassination in November , and the search for who killed him, hinges on five uncontested facts: a President Kennedy was shot at These are almost the only facts everyone agrees about the assassination. To this day, many have expressed an opinion but nobody has conclusively proved who killed President Kennedy. The argument is between those who believe the official version - that Kennedy was murdered by Oswald - and those who believe that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy.
Chris Lightbown is an experienced investigative journalist who has worked for the SUNDAY TIMES, and his masterly book is the first to use the network of high-quality but unknown independent researchers whose conferences, internet sites, lectures and books have largely been ignored by the mainstream media. Lightbown's book is a brilliant piece of investigative reporting. It is also an utterly convincing and gripping narrative that provides the greatest clarity to the dark event that altered the 20th century.
From the bestselling wordmaster Mark Forsyth, an investigation into what makes a memorable phrase, what makes it stick in our minds and get quoted endlessly. November Travel Book of the Month. Fully illustrated and replete with fascinating text boxes of trivia how should you address a husky in Alaska? Spanning fifty years and two continents, 'The Valley of Amazement' dramatises the collapse of China's imperial dynasty and the secret life of the courtesan house.
Unfolding old family secrets, this novel returns readers to the compelling territory of 'The Joy Luck Club'. With her characteristic wisdom, grace and humour, she conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and betrayals, and its illusions and truths. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Valley of Amazement a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The Valley of Amazement is mesmerizingly beautiful, unbelievably sad and yet somehow hopeful at the same time.
An evocative and absorbing read. From desperate Roman Soldiers pleading for warm socks to ordering the shopping on line via love letters, greetings, thank you letters and literary outpourings. A wonderful ramble through the art of written communication over the centuries from those first cold Roman soldiers stuck on guard-duty at Hadrian's wall to today's world of instant electronic communication from an author who excels at providing a detailed history of letter writing, why it matters and why we should buff up our writing skills before we lose them.
An easy read of fourteen short stories and a one act play, all with a mystical theme which Kate Mosse is so good at portraying. The title story tells of a young bride at her wedding feast who invites the younger guests to play hide and seek. She is never found, why and what happens is very sad. Author: Michel, Jr. Classic recipes clearly explained, a guide to the glories of French provincial cuisine with the recipes replicating everything from the earthiest peasant dish to the highest of haute cuisine.
Good food, the very best ingredients cooked as simply as possible, this is the food that Michel Roux Jr loves — and it shows. No more bar-hunts again for these two! This clever book collects together hundreds of the most intriguing, surprising and little known histories and etymologies of a whole host of English words. From ancient place names to unusual languages, and obscure professions to military slang. It is a fascinating treasure trove of linguistic facts. October Book of the Month. A time of high stakes and high risk; this dramatic period of English and French history is captivatingly brought to life as it is told through the love story of Yolande, daughter of the King of Aragon and Louis II of Anjou, first cousin of the King of France.
Sent away to be married at 19 to a young French Duke, with more than a hint of madness in the family, is a daunting prospect. Even more so as the union was supposed to end a bitter conflict but surprisingly true love prevailed and Yolande and Louis marriage set in train events that changed the course of history. Meticulous research and compelling writing make this a great read.
When a small town detective picks up a young female hitchhiker in a bad rainstorm, he inadvertently uncovers a whole snake's nest of intrigue, crime and deception which risks ruining his life, as if the recent accidental death of his own son wasn't already sinking his precarious marriage. Barclay's thrillers are like precision machines, with plots within plots unfolding, red herrings and devastating revelations on every corner with a relentless Hitchcockian pace.
What else can you ask for? The Lovereading view Once again, bestseller Linwood Barclay grabs the reader from page one with his latest pulse-pounding hook and twist thriller. On a rainy night, a man gives a teenage girl a lift home, but the girl he picks up isn't the same one he drops off - then she is found brutally murdered The first in a new series of the Wars of the Roses.
Conn creates a fictional character in Derry Brewer which shows how Henry was managed by those about him leading to the Wars of the Roses. Historical fiction master Conn Iggulden retells the gripping story of the English civil war in his new Wars of the Roses series. Stormbird is a fast paced and brilliantly weighted historical thriller. With its juxtaposition of characters from the high nobility and ordinary peasants, it gives a full flavour of the age. Whilst the key events are true, they are expertly blended with the fiction to create a three dimensional and absorbing portrait of the momentous events of the period.
The action shifts at a breath-taking pace between France and England, between the royal chapel, rural farmsteads and all manner of detailed locations in-between. The complex politics of the era are distilled down and accessible to all readers and with no faction given undue weight what emerges is a set of strong and believable characters all flawed in their own way. The mixture of fact and fiction is well balanced and the plot which emerges is engrossing and full blooded.
Whilst it does not end on a cliff hanger it still hints at further turmoil to come, and we eagerly anticipate the sequel. The first in the series, Stormbird is set to be a landmark piece of historical fiction writing. It's not published untill 10 October but you can read a extra long extract today. For more information about Conn Iggulden's Wars of the Roses series, direct from the publisher, click here.
If you love good food and want to eat the best British ingredients — then this is the book to keep by your side. If you look at books such as this; large hardback volumes by leading chefs, they can be daunting. You could learn to cook with this book, learn to appreciate British ingredients, expand your repertoire to include razor clams or teal or even learn to enjoy the humble turnip. Simmons is one of the most protean of writers, equally excelling in science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime.
This time around, his doorstopper of a book further challenges expectations and proves a gripping historical thriller, set on the brutal North East Ridge of Mount Everest. It's and two famous adventurers have vanished into the snow-whipped night. A valiant explorer embarks in their footsteps and the expedition sets out for the heart of darkness. Atmospheric, scary, evocative and unputdownable, this is storytelling at his best, and will bring the cold into your living room to unsettling effect.
Not to be read at night, either. Sarah Broadhurst's view A book about a mountain and a mountain of a book, Dan Simmons is a master of the slow-build thriller. The charming prologue states that he, Dan Simmsons, once met the hero of this book and inherited some of his papers, here transcribed. So in effect, the author wishes us to believe this book is true. It is certainly possible. It centres around an attempt to climb Everest in but it is so much more than that. Espionage, politics, prejudice, notions of sexual equality, the horrors of the First World war and the rising shadow of the Second.
It is huge in scope. The detail of period and climbing technique is exquisite. The characters are wonderful, the plot compelling. A real adventure. From the top BBC comedy show Pointless here are the absolutely most pointless arguments to rot your brain. Quickly brushing aside the Why are we here question and that old favourite, Does God exist - yes or no -they get to the hardcore stuff and the debate over ballet or darts which is the more pointless and what element of a cooked breakfast could you leave out.
Pointless to continue, pointless to point out that this is ideal Christmas gift potential too! Rachel Khoo leaves Paris for an exploration of regional France. She tours the countryside and villages, towns and seashore and shares some of the gorgeous food she found along the way. Opening with the thoughts of a serial killer and then continuing with short chapters, this quickly draws the reader into the lives of the profiler Tony Hill, the victims, relatives of the victims and the other police officers interestingly mainly female. Val McDermid certainly knows how to keep the suspense going.
The reader becomes caught up with the disturbed thoughts of the psychopathic killer, with the horror and pain of the victims and with the grief of the friends and relatives of the missing persons. She also deals with the difficult relationship between Hill and his ex-partner Carol Jordan. Although the book has many dark and horrific moments, it is also about relationships all of which are believable and some are rewarding. It is a very compulsive read indeed. Author of the impressive The Thirteenth Tale with another powerful historical novel with a strange twist and a certain amount of mythology about rooks!
The long-awaited new book from the author of The Thirteenth Tale is a macabre haunting Victorian story of love, loss and the mystery of death. A young boy by cruelly kills a rook with his catapult that sets off a tragic chain of events and a meeting in a graveyard with a mysterious stranger dressed in black. A mysterious, dark read that will leave a lasting impression. Celebrating French cooking with her own modern twist, Rachel has shown the world that recreating the French culinary experience doesn't have to be difficult - or traditional.
Using the classic recipes that have made France home to the best culinary experience, Rachel is an expert at recreating those dishes we know and love, with a fresh and modern take. You'll also discover other exciting uses for muesli: crumbles, cookies, muffins, bread and amuse-bouches, with recipes such as double chocolate flapjack and cherry and pistachio muesli bars.
Including ideas for children and for those with gluten allergies, this is a unique collection of recipes that will inspire you to start your day with a little bit of Paris. Learn how to throw parties Primrose Bakery-style with this collection of brand new recipes from Primrose Bakery. Eight themed celebrations cover every age group and event, with sweet and savoury treats for small children, cocktail-laced cupcakes for grown-ups and inspiring ideas for everything in between. As always, the recipes are simple to make, easy to source, thoroughly tested and utterly delicious, with plenty of Primrose Bakery wit and creativity thrown in.
Each one features quirky recipes for centre piece cakes, cupcakes, drinks and other delectable treats, plus brilliant ideas for how to accessorize the perfect celebration. The perfect cookbook for parties or simply for treats to make humdrum days that little bit special. I've never worried about life's big questions. People at my age sit about pondering why are we here?
The only time I ever asked myself that is when Suzanne booked us a surprise holiday to Lanzarote. He's not married, he doesn't have kids, and he's got a job where he's known as an 'idiot'. It's time for him to take stock and face up to life's big question - what does it all mean? Karl is no stranger to travel, and now he's off on a series of adventures around the globe to find out how other cultures approach life's big issues. Travelling from far-flung tribes to high-tech cities, Karl experiences everything from a drive-thru wedding in Las Vegas to a vocational theme park in Japan, he meets a group of people in Mexico who find happiness through pain, undergoes a plastic surgery procedure in LA, and even encounters a woman in Bali who lets him help deliver her baby.
Have his experiences changed him? You can find out in this hilarious new book where Karl shares his stories and opinions in his inimitable style. Karl Pilkington is back on the road, and this time he's on a journey of self-discovery There is no known cure. These are not the manners of Emily Post but a guide — and a reminder- that manners make for a civilised society. There are the things we should know and do — queuing without shoving, no spitting in the street or no littering and then there is the advice on what to do in awkward situations and how to avoid social pitfalls.
Our crowded little country still has the power to amaze as the views chosen by Simon Jenkins shows so well. With his usual flair, Simon looks — very carefully — at one hundred of the very best views from every region in the country, and explains the history, geography, botany and architecture behind them; some are iconic, such as Gold Hill, as used in the Hovis advert, but with stories behind them that may not be known to everyone, and some may be entirely unfamiliar, such as the view in Dorset that he spotted while waiting to go into bat one day. Most of the views are landscapes, but there are seascapes and cityscapes too, and underlying the whole project is another view: that we need to recognise our finest vistas and to save them.
An in-the-round history of Britain during the first world war examining the experience of a country fighting a world war from humble factory worker to soldier to politician and journalist. How did people cope both physically and mentally and perhaps the biggest question of all is why, why did the British people go into the war and why did they endure? Jeremy Paxman has a sure grip on the facts revealing the mood and feelings of the period, you may think you know the answers to the questions he poses but be prepared to be challenged and corrected.
This book presents a treasure trove for our most requested and most listened to poems of all time. November Non-Fiction Book of the Month. There is as much stupidity as bravery on show with a plentiful leavening of derring-do and madness-with-a-purpose, the rewards great, failure deadly. Subtitled 50 fantastic facts for kids of all ages and is an attempt to convince non-Mathematicians that Maths can be exciting, great brain exercise and even — Fun.
Cool Maths aims to show you how Maths is the mainstay of modern life and can be encountered in all sorts of unusual places solving all sorts of problems. Lots of examples, puzzles and tips and tricks to get you involved. The world would have been a very different place if Churchill had changed his approach to the nuclear challenge. The story of the post-war period and the Cold War is a complex one — here it has been rendered understandable — a revelatory history of science and politics.
This may not be food you can do in 15 minutes and you may have to shell out a bit for the finest ingredients but these are recipes scaled for the domestic kitchen and the domestic cook therein. To make this a complete book of family entertainment there are added quizzes and fact sections — all being sold to aid the NSPCC.
October Non-Fiction Book of the Month. She hopes to present a complete re-evaluation of this controversial monarch, refuting the Tudor propaganda that sought to blacken his name. Author: E. Now in a new fully illustrated format could there be any better book to inspire the historians of tomorrow? And not to leave out historians of today or us lesser cousins, the mere history lovers, we will all want this elegiac, deceptively simple and elegant history. The new format is a lovely piece of book production in size, shape and weight — not too big, not too small — and it even smells beautiful.
Presented in a cloth binding, the illustrations are well-chosen and with the addition of good, clear maps it all fits into a well-designed whole. A trip back to Bombay, the place where Cyrus Todiwala grew up and learned to cook. Together with his wife Pervin, they uncover memories, seek out the food they loved and recreate the recipes ranging through street food, home cooking and high end dining.
Beautifully illustrated this is both memoir and cookery book, showing us the excitement of Bombay food culture and how it can be made at home. The master storyteller is back with a vengeance. Two main characters dominate with various sub plots involving Somali pirates and the like but this is in essence traditional Forsyth, a classic cat-and-mouse thriller. There is a jihadist known as the Preacher with a US marine known as the Tracker out to get him. We have a hacker too for this is bang up to date stuff with cyberspace involved. Gripping, compulsive and most importantly of all, a wonderful read.
Dealing with Christmas food can be a nightmare so why not let Mary Berry take the strain? Stay calm this Christmas, get it sorted with Mary! Facts, anecdotes, history and humour, an up-close look at the world of the rugby Lions, with Matt Dawson looking back at years of Lion history. Barry Norman is one of the nation's most popular and enduring broadcasters. Journalist, writer and presenter, he is best known for having fronted the BBC's flagship Film programme for more than 25 years. While working as a gossip columnist for The Daily Sketch, Barry met a pretty, talented young journalist called Diana Narracott, when they were sent to cover the same news story.
Within a year they were married, their union lasting until Diana's untimely death in In this heartfelt memoir, Barry introduces us to the remarkable woman he knew so well and loved so deeply. He traces their careers and lives together, describing how Diana moved from being an accomplished journalist, to mother-of-two, to best-selling author. Through his writing, we grow to love Diana's irrepressible nature, fierce intelligence, her sense of fun and even her stubbornness.
Writing in his entertaining, inimitable style, Barry shows how, like any couple, he and Diana had their disagreements but that the deep-rooted love and respect they had for each other ultimately ensured a long and happy marriage. With heart-breaking honesty, he shares the difficulty he and their family faced while Diana was fighting ill-health, as well as the pain he still feels at the loss of his wife who he describes as 'the best friend a man could ever hope for'.
Fifty years after his assassination on 22 November , John F. Kennedy is still a towering figure in the history of our times and across the world. Jacques Lowe was the official photographer of JFK's campaign for the presidency as well as his personal photographer following his election in Over images capture life with this compelling politician on the campaign trail, at home with Jackie and daughter Caroline, politicking behind the scenes at the convention, at work in the White House, as a leader on the world stage, and his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, mourned by millions around the world.
Throughout, the photographs are complemented by Lowe's personal record of his friendship with the whole Kennedy family and his years at the heart of American politics. They provide a unique record of one of the most enduringly fascinating politicians of the modern era. Its good food, unfussy, no endless hours in the kitchen — well, perhaps one hour - but then - the results will be worth every minute.
Starting in near tragedy she turned to cooking after a childhood bout of polio, this early decision leading her to demonstrating, teaching, food journalism, writing and then broadcasting and the Great British Bake Off which established her as a charming and knowledgeable cook who loves to teach by encouragement and example. You can expect the same charm in her writing, together with humour, joy and sadness, a great pleasure to read the life experience of such a modest and talented woman.
An extract will be unavailable to view at Lovereading until that date. Good fortune followed when he was spotted in a Keith Floyd TV programme where he had a slot as guest chef — the rest, they say, is history. From humble beginnings to Olympic accolades and becoming known as the Fastest Man on Earth. How did it happen and how has it changed Usain Bolt? His athletic ability, his charisma and appeal have won him a huge fandom who will be wanting to read his side of the story.
Some really excellent illustrations in this guide to the Navy in the time of Nelson. The illustrations are taken from the collection of the National Maritime Museum and the book is intended as a companion to the opening of the new gallery of the same name. The book gives an excellent all round picture of the Navy showing us a cross section of the times — the people who made the navy from the humblest sailor to the highest Admiral, the men who made the ships, the women who watched their men sail away.
Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and linked through his wider family to a clutch of accomplished scientists, Richard Dawkins was bound to have biology in his genes. But what were the influences that shaped his life and intellectual development? And who inspired him to become the pioneering scientist and public thinker now famous and infamous to some around the world? In An Appetite for Wonder we join him on a personal journey back to an enchanting childhood in colonial Africa.
There the exotic natural world was his constant companion. Boarding school in England at the age of eight, and, later, public school at Oundle introduce Dawkins, and the reader, to strange rules and eccentric schoolmasters, vividly described with both humorous affection and some reservation. An initial fervent attachment to Church of England religion soon gives way to disaffection and, later, teenage rebellion.
Early signs of a preference for music, poetry and reading over practical matters become apparent as he recalls the opportunities that entered his small world. Oxford, however, is the catalyst to his life. Vigorous debate in the dynamic Zoology Department unleashes his innate intellectual curiosity, and inspirational mentors together with his own creative thinking ignite the spark that results in his radical new vision of Darwinism, The Selfish Gene. From innocent child to charismatic world-famous scientist, Richard Dawkins paints a colourful, richly textured canvas of his early life.
Honest self-reflection and witty anecdotes are interspersed with touching reminiscences of his family and friends, literature, poetry and songs. We are finally able to understand the private influences that shaped the public man who, more than anyone else in his generation, explained our own origins. September Debut of the Month. A charming, humorous and moving coming-of-age story that will be enjoyed by fans of Wonder by R.
In some ways Alex is a normal 13 year old boy entering puberty; chaotic, obsessed with girls and sex. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Ostrich a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - ' Ostrich is poignant, endearing and comedic. The master of social satire turns to the Cold War for his latest comedy and has the hapless Thomas Foley way out of his depth in a Brussels staging the first world fair since the Second World War.
That the Russian and American exhibits stand side by side gives you the flavour of this curious tale, a book about choice, life and the late 50s. Good-looking girls, sinister spies and a naive Englishman at loose in Europe in Jonathan Coe's brilliant comic novel. Set in Moscow just after WW2 this is a superbly written historical thriller full of secrets, lies and adultery - which in communist Russia at that time really were deadly sins.
Based on a true story and packed with historical detail, bringing post-war Russia compellingly to life, this is an addictive, heart-breaking novel. Click below to listen to an extract from the audiobook edition of this title. He travelled extensively observing how people responded; the event stunned the country as his pictures so ably show. Many of the photographs are published for the first time. Kennedy by Martin W. From the Bock beers of Germany to the Trappist beers of Belgium, the complex bitters and stouts of Britain to the cutting-edge brews of North America, this expert selection covers the extraordinary variety the world's beers now have to offer.
Tasting notes, organised by country, provide succinct commentary on the chosen beers and cover the brewery and each beer's key characteristics. With thousands of beers covered, this book encompasses more familiar established beers as well as exciting new discoveries from the myriad craft breweries that are emerging around the world. Punctuating the tasting notes is information on 'beer destinations', specific places where you can best experience a beer in situ. An extensive introductory chapter to the book also covers styles of beer and emerging trends. This landmark guide provides beer lovers with easy access to an expert overview and puts a world of superb beers at their disposal.
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award This mesmerising and evocative debut based on a true story about the last execution in Iceland is well written, well documented and exhaustively researched. Agnes Magnusdottir is sent to a farm in northern Iceland, awaiting execution for the murder of her lover, but as she tells her story to a local priest it is clear truth very much depends on who it is you believe.
With its harsh winter setting and subject matter, the book is emotionally draining but compelling nonetheless. The characters and detail bring this forgotten time, place and lifestyle vividly to life. From the Channel 4 series, a range of recipes to see you through breakfast, lunch and dinner, expert dishes that will mean the very best home cooking without fuss and a kitchen sink overflowing with dirty pans.
Gordon Ramsay says these are the only recipes you need to come up with stunning food time and time again. Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award This is the true story of Hanns Alexander, the son of a prosperous German family who fled Berlin for London in the s. Rudolf Hoss was a farmer and soldier who became the Kommandant of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and oversaw the deaths of over a million men, women and children. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is assembled to hunt down the senior Nazi officials responsible for the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen.
Lieutenant Hanns Alexander is one of the lead investigators, Rudolf Hoss his most elusive target. In this book Thomas Harding reveals for the very first time the full, exhilarating account of Hoss' capture. In Zimbabwe white farmers are forced off their land, having to flee leaving almost everything behind — including their animals. As the Retzlaff family move across the country they take on many of the horses that distraught farmers ask them to care for till in the end they have over — yet they can only save The 24th Wexford whodunit has him coming out of retirement at the request of his old colleague Mike Burden but unpaid to investigate the murder of a mix-race female vicar — lots of expected prejudice there then!
There are certain touchstones I have for thriller writing and this is one of them. Its dingy Cold War atmosphere is unmatched, it has a fiendishly intricate plot that out-Christies Agatha Christie. Even the title is a work of genius. Something to try to live up to. A beautiful 50th Anniversary special edition featuring archival material and with a special cover design based on the 1st edition jacket from In le Carre's breakthrough work of , the spy story is reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining.
As brilliant today as it was then. This 50th Anniversary edition also includes an introduction by William Boyd. John le Carre has written longer, more complex books, but this remains his masterpiece. The story of a weary British spy who is sent out on one final mission behind the Iron Curtain, the novel is beautifully constructed and extraordinarily atmospheric.
A World Book Night selection. August eBook of the Month. The Ill-Made Knight is a fast-paced and enjoyable novel of historical fiction set in the Hundred Years War to Your attention is immediately grabbed by the unorthodox style with the prologue setting the scene for the rest of the book to be narrated by the major character as he remembers his exploits in becoming a famous knight, a fact proven by the prologue. The plot, however, soon reveals itself to be anything but ordinary and despite his current high station and the deeds he has accomplished we find the narrator honest, often brutally so, and willing to show his past deeds in anything but a favourable light.
The action gives a personal view on some of the greatest and most critical battles of the period and of the type of men who would have fought them. The wonderfully rich landscape which these fictional characters populate is clearly well researched and even the minor characters are strongly constructed and believable. Cameron brings the period vividly to life and the mix of the fictional storyline, actual events and real characters are excellently balanced and the climax leaves the reader anxious for the second instalment.
Christian Cameron on why he wrote As a young man, I loved chivalry more than any other topic, and that love—and the academic subjects attached to it—has stuck with me. August Debut of the Month. A great debut, menacing, gripping and full of twists and surprises. Rachel and Clara are school friends, emotionally bound together, but now in their late twenties are miles apart in their lives. Then Clara goes missing under suspicious circumstances and Rachel discovers things that make her question the whole relationship. This is one of those incredibly compelling stories that simply drags you along, whether you like it or not.
Highly recommended. August Book of the Month. Secrets and haunting mysteries Dark and dangerous secrets lie behind the immaculate facades of Bath's high society in the early 19th century. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Misbegotten a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A compelling, absorbing and intriguing story about how secrets can come back to haunt us I thought this was a fabulous read.
William Shakespeare lived in violent times; his death passed without comment. By the time he was adopted as the national poet of England the details of his life had been concealed. He had become an invisible man, the humble Warwickshire lad who entertained royalty and then faded into obscurity. But his story has been carefully manipulated. In reality, he was a dissident whose works were highly critical of the regimes of Elizabeth I and James I. Who Killed William Shakespeare?
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Chris Young: Walk in my shoes. Sarah Shaw: Diary of a s secretary. Eben Alexander: Living a mindful universe. Malcolm Kendrick Dec Statins for children. Daniel Briggs: Dead end lives. Judith Flanders: Christmas: A biography. Sue Holderness: Actress who played Marlene in Only fools and horses. Viewpoint 28th Nov Part 2. Viewpoint 28th Nov Part 1. Paul Moorcraft Nov Superpowers, rogue states and terrorism. Ross Clark: War against cash. Robert W. Dye: Memphis: Birthplace of Rock and Roll.
Damian Whiteley: Opera singer. Aydin Guner: Narcissistic abuse. Alexander Langlands: Craft: how traditional crafts are about more than just making. Liz Earle: Skincare and health during the menopause. Gillian Gaar Nov Hendrix: the illustrated story. Peter Stadden: The dark side of the spoon. Michael Whitehall: Backing into the spotlight. Viewpoint 21st Nov Part 2. Viewpoint 21st Nov Part 1. Benedict Le Vay. Virginia Lewis Jones. Jenny Simon Nov Zoe Harcombe Nov Obesity researcher, author and blogger.
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Timothy Bentink: Being David Archer. David Mearns: The shipwreck hunter. Joselin Linder: The family gene. Warren Zanes: Petty: the biography. Craig Brown: Princess Margaret. Lord Norman Tebbitt: The game cook. Paul Ward: From jailer to entrepreneur. Angus Roxburgh: Moscow calling. Claire Broad: Answers from Heaven. Zoe Clarke Coates: Saying goodbye. David Nolan: George Michael picture book.
Simon Dawson: The good life October. Camilla Dallerup: Reinvent me. Allegra Huston: Life with her actress sister, and director father and a writing workshop in Mallorca. Paul Stocker: English uprising. Nicky Weller: Growing up with Punk. Gillian G. Gaar: Nirvana: The teen spirit of Rock. Charles Shepherd: What is M. Maya Tamir: Her recent study has shown that feeling anger, hate or sadness can actually help you to feel happy.
Amanda Newton: The skies not the limit. Boris Starling: Unconquerable. Helder Constantino: Beauty without cruelty. Marilyn Hawes: Enough abuse UK. Andrew G. Marshall: Marriage Therapist. Mimi Anderson: Beyond impossible. Paul Simper: Pop Stars in my pantry: a memoir of pop mags and cubbling in the Rob Brandford: Elephants.
John Withington: Storm: nature and culture. Michael Senker: Mr. Martin Llewelyn: Professor of infectious diseases. Michael Van Straten: Osteopath, naturopath, acupuncturist and nutritional consultant September. Armand Beasley and Kyri: Make up and fashion September Cari Rosen: Gransnet Sept Alex Westland: A captains ransom.
Margaret Morganroth Gullette: Ending ageism or How not to shoot old people. Harry Mount: Scythians. Marty Jopson: The science of food. Jeremy Vine: What I learnt. Haseeb Ahmad: From blind man to iron man. Catherine Carver: Immune. David Hoffman: The billion dollar spy. Sarah Pullen: A mighty boy. Mark Fleischman: Inside Studio Erling Kagge: Silence in the Age of noise. Thomas W. Hodgkinson: How to be cool. Brian Southall: Dreamboats and Petticoats.
Desmond De Silva: Madam, where are your mangoes? Ray Bailey: 20th Century Pub. Davy Zyw: I love champagne. Alastair Bonnett: Beyond the map. Marion Gluck: Manopause. Graeme Donald: Trivia — Myths of a scientific nature. Mike Dilkes: Stop snoring the easy way: and the real reasons you need to.
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Andrea Robson: Kidz Coach. Malcom Kendrick: The dangers of proton pump inhibitors. Sandra Paul: Why your child could go to jail prison for sexting on their phone. Jacqueline Yallop: Big pig, little pig. Mark Wesley: Frack. Jason Haddigan: How and why I conned the bookies. William M. Phelps: Dangerous ground. Gautam Das: Tender is the Scalpels Edge. Jenni Walsh: Becoming Bonny. Michael Van Straten: Osteopath, naturopath, acupuncturist and nutritional consultant July. Barbara Currie: Yoga Expert. Goffrey Lean: Chlorine Chicken.
Neil Preston: Photographer — Led Zeppelin. Ian Snowball: Paul Weller: sounds from the studio. Daniel Tammet: Every word is a bird we teach to sing: encounters with the mysteries and meanings of language. Andy Abraham: Singer. Sebastian Abineri: The boys from the bridge. Spencer Leigh: Elvis Presley: caught in a trap. Lisa Ann Gershwin: Jellyfish. Bill Oddie: Tales of a ludicrous bird gardener. Jonathan Mayo: Dunkirk. Vicky Hayward: Spanish cooking. Katinka Blackford Newman: Antidepressents. Ian Leslie: Born liars. Emma Kay: Vintage kitchenalia. Joanna Swabe: Bullfighting banned in Mallorca.
Neil Hulme: Butterfly conservationist. Michael Bolton: Singer. Monica Chapman: Singer. Karen Bryson: Actress. Alana Kirk: The sandwich years: How to survive when people in your life need you most. Michele Brachet: The world of Cognac. Ricky D. Phillips: The first casualty.
Jacques Peretti: Done: the secret deals that are changing our world. Stephen Bourne: Fighting proud. Philip Limbery: The toxic chemicals in farmed salmon. Maryon Stewart: Menopause. Joan Juliette Buck: Price of ilusion. Charlie English: The book smugglers of Timbuktu. Libby Purves: That was midweek that was: the story of a radio programme. Chloe Catchpole: Body image. David Hamilton: Radio one. Rebecca Eriksen: Cardiovascular disease. David J Slater: Wildlife Photographer.
Rob Moore: The disruptive entrepreneur. Hannah Murray. Sam Hay: Burn out.
Joel Salinas: Mirror touch: Notes from a Doctor who can feel your pain. Sara Acworth: From Zeamu Music, creating music for kids aged Working with National Unplugging Day. Danny Orbach: The plots against Hitler. Robert Beasley: Jose Mourinho: up close and personal. Geoff Marshall: Visiting all 2, railway stations in the UK, and creating a documentary. Ian Givens: Consuming cheese, mild and yoghurt does not increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Taylor Edison: I know what you are. Dave Thompson: Roger Waters: the man behind the Wall. Graeme Donald: Trivia.
Dave Hodgson. Matt Thompson: Head collections curator at English Heritage. Stefan Gates: An edible field guide. Otto Rosenberger: CMO of Hostelworld, talking about the benefits of travelling for young people getting jobs. Srini Pillay: Think less learn more. Wolfgang Bauer: Stolen girls. Dan Reinstein: Ophtalmologist. John Dennen: Joshua. James DiNicolantonio: The salt fix. Jon Taplin: Move fast and break things. Mel Robbins: The 5 second rule Dave Hodgson. Douglas Preston: The lost city of the Monkey God.
Kieron Tyler: Smashing it up: a decade of chaos with the Damned Home. Jonathan Aitken: Talking about Adnan Khashoggi. John J. Winters: Sam Shephard: A life. Charles Spence: Gastrophysics: the new science of eating. Daniel Boardman: Brand new monthly hairstylist. Laura James: Odd girl out. Rebekah Gregory: Surviving the Boston bombing. Kieran Connolly: Abandoned places. Marc Elliot: Charlton Heston, Hollywood last icon.
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