The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy.A Guardian Book of the Year • A Times Book of the Year • A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year • A Sunday Times Book of the Year • A New Statesman Book of the Year • A Spectator Book of the Year Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020‘Mantel has taken us to the dark heart of history…and what a show’ The Times‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour.Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him?With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.Sunday Times Bestseller (08/03/2020)
From the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About KevinAll her life Serenata has run, swum, and cycled – but now that she’s hit 60, all that physical activity has destroyed her knees. And her previously sedentary husband Remington chooses this precise moment to discover exercise.As he joins the cult of fitness, her once-modest husband burgeons into an unbearable narcissist. When he announces his intention to compete in a legendarily gruelling triathlon, Serenata is sure he's going to end up injured or dead – but the stubbornness of an ageing man in Lycra is not to be underestimated.The story of an obsession, of a marriage, of a betrayal: The Motion Of The Body Through Space is Lionel Shriver at her hilarious, sharp-eyed, audacious best.
Longlisted for the New Blood Dagger Award 2021'A darkly gripping and addictive read. I tore through it in a few days’ ESTHER FREUD'Deeply engrossing … an exquisite literary thriller’ PHILIPPA EAST‘Emotionally wrenching’ WALL STREET JOURNAL‘Impossible to put down’ TREVOR WOODA missing woman30 years ago, in the suffocating heat of a Sydney summer, the Greens’ next-door neighbour Mandy disappeared without a trace.A cold case reopenedIn 1997, in a basement flat in Hackney, Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father is under suspicion of Mandy’s murder.A devastating secretHow well does Isla know her father? Is he capable of doing something terrible? And is there another secret in their community – a conspiracy of silence which stretches deep into Australia’s past?–‘An atmospheric, convincing portrayal of the way that the decisions we make, both individually and collectively, reverberate down the years’ GUARDIAN‘Allott uses the scandal of Australia’s stolen children to devastating effect in this memorable debut’ SUNDAY TIMES'A riveting mystery, beautifully unwound. The Silence excavates dark, decades-old secrets buried in human hearts, in families and in nations. I read it in one weekend’ ERIN KELLY‘An impressive and beautifully written, Australian-set debut with the devastating subject of the Stolen Generation at its core’ FIONA MITCHELL‘Tense, atmospheric and brilliantly paced. The Silence is fraught with disturbing secrets and powerful emotions. I loved it’ FRANCESCA JAKOBI‘A brooding, suspenseful debut’ SUNDAY MIRROR‘A suspenseful, beautifully crafted debut for fans of Celeste Ng and Jane Harper’ TELEGRAPH AUSTRALIA‘Intricate and suspenseful… [a] stellar debut’ NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLERAs seen on This Morning Back in the day, I was Governor of Security and Operations for HMP Wormwood Scrubs. If you’re easily shocked or offended, you best look away now…Having worked for 16 years in a high-security women’s prison dealing with the likes of Rosemary West and Myra Hindley, Vanessa Frake thought she’d seen it all. That was until she was transferred to the notorious Wormwood Scrubs.Thrust into a ‘man’s world’, her no-nonsense approach and fearless attitude saw her swiftly rise through the ranks. From dealing with celebrity criminals and busting drug rings, to recruiting informers and being subject to violent attacks, this hard-hitting but often humorous memoir reveals all about life behind bars in unflinching detail.Now, for one last time, The Gov opens the prison gates. Prepare for the madness and horror of daily life with the UK’s most ruthless criminals.
The brand-new, gripping historical novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lady of Hay!‘Warmth, depth, mystery, magic and the supernatural … such a beautiful book!’ bestselling author Santa Montefiore ‘A dazzling roller-coaster of a book that will thrill, enchant and intrigue those who love history and the supernatural’ bestselling author Alison WeirMercia, 788 ADIn the grand Saxon halls of Mercia, King Offa rules with cold ambition. His youngest daughter Eadburh is destined for an arranged marriage, but with reckless spirit her heart is taken by a Welsh prince, a man she can never be matched with and who is quickly and cruelly taken from her.Eadburh inherited her father’s ruthless ways but it’s the gifts passed down from her mother that are far more dangerous. She is determined to carve her own place in the world, yet her path could cause war.Offa’s Dyke, 2021 In a cottage hidden amongst the misty Welsh hills of Offa’s Dyke, Bea Dalloway is called to help Simon Armstrong, who is searching for peace. Instead he finds himself disturbed by unsettling noises and visions.It isn’t long before Bea is also swept up by haunting dreams. The past is whispering to them, calling out for the truth to be told at last. And as dreams and reality weave closer together, Bea and Simon must be strong to resist the pull of the past – and its desire for revenge…The Sunday Times bestselling author returns with a thrilling tale of lost love, betrayal and secrets that have lain buried over a thousand years… ‘So atmospheric and suspenseful, full of myth and magic and hauntings’ bestselling author Rachel Hore‘Mysterious and haunting – a richly woven tapestry of history and intrigue’ bestselling author Fiona Valpy‘If you like brilliantly written history tinged with magic and ghosts, you'll love this’ bestselling author Peter JamesBarbara Erskine is Sunday Times bestselling author many times over. Her latest book, The Ghost Tree, was a No. 2 Sunday Times bestseller (on week ending 25th August 2018).
From the USA Today bestselling author of The Moment Keeper comes an emotional tale of grief, love and second chances.Willow’s world is shattered when her son is killed in a car accident. A celebrated violinist, the only time she can bear to pick up her instrument is to play the lullaby she wrote for Luke. Every day she visits his grave to play for him, determined to keep his memory alive.When another tragedy strikes, Willow hits rock bottom. But a chance meeting with handsome widower Peter leads to a chain of events that will change Willow’s life—and the lives of those around her—forever.Peter has his own grief to contend with, but Willow finds herself increasingly drawn to him. And in helping each other find the strength to heal, they both discover that moving on doesn’t have to mean letting go of those they’ve lost…Heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting, this is a story about loss, memory and hope, perfect for fans of Barbara O’Neal, Suzanne Redfearn and Fiona Valpy.Originally published as The Christmas Violin.
Kade Ryland had posed as Bree Winston’s husband while the two FBI agents investigated a trail of illegal adoptions and surrogates. Nine months later, a baby was dropped at his feet – and Bree was nowhere to be found. Now Kade has to reopen a case that had got way too personal and find Bree – fast. But if the two of them were never a real couple, are they ready to be parents?
‘I love everything about this book…For the first time ever, a book actually gave me goosebumps!’—5 Stars, NetGalley ReviewerToday is the Mondayest Monday ever. Hallie Winstone has been fired – and it wasn’t even her fault!Having lost her job and humiliated herself in front of a whole restaurant full of diners, this is absolutely, one hundred percent, the worst day of her life. That is until she receives an email announcing that she is the lucky winner of the Once Upon a Page Bookshop! Owning a bookshop has always been Hallie’s dream, and when she starts to find secret love letters on the first page of every book, she knows she's stumbled across something special.But Hallie’s beloved bookshop is in financial trouble, and with sales dwindling, she can’t help but wonder if she is really cut out to run a business.Things start to look up when she meets gorgeous, bookish Dimitri and between them, they post a few of the hidden messages online, reuniting people who thought they were lost forever. But maybe it’s time for Hallie to find her own happy-ever-after, too?Readers LOVE The Little Bookshop of Love Stories‘This book is perfection! Such a sweet, charming love story. Great for anyone that loves books, cute romances and charming British towns.’—5 Stars, NetGalley Reviewer‘It has been a while since a book has made me this happy! This is literally the perfect read…I can’t get this book out of mind and I still have warm, fuzzy feelings.’—5 Stars, NetGalley Reviewer‘…A wonderful heart-warming story. Every page kept me smiling a goofy smile to myself.’—5 Stars, NetGalley Reviewer ‘Oh how I enjoyed this quirky tale… An absolute winner for me.’—5 Stars, NetGalley Reviewer‘Holy smokes I adored this story, the author’s writing is lovely…If you’re in the mood for a light hearted, sweet romance, check this book out.’—5 Stars, NetGalley Reviewer
A heart-warming tale from the Queen of West Country Saga, LINDA FINLAY…The Girl with the Amber Comb, will she ever return home?Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author Dilly Court says Linda Finlay is ‘sure to delight’!Orphaned at birth, Eliza lives with her beloved Grandparents in a waterlogged Somerset cottage surrounded by willow beds where she ekes out a living making laundry baskets and eel traps. Although poor she is content, until childhood friend Clem, regales her with tales of his adventures along the river and she begins to wonder what life is like beyond the Droves. When fate brings handsome, wealthy Theo to her workshop she is instantly attracted and a rosy future beyond the Droves beckons. Only things don't go to plan and naive Eliza finds herself in Lavender House where she is expected to care for gentlemen in a way she never imagined. Forced to flee for her life, she ends up in a woollen mill run by a corrupt foreman, working for crumbs and pennies with only her grandmother's comb in her pocket.Now she knows what matters in life – but is it too late? And will she ever be able to return home to those who love her?Set amongst the stunning wetlands of Somerset, this tale of triumph and tragedy will delight fans of Rosie Goodwin and Dilly Court.Praise for The Girl with the Amber Comb:‘A treasure of a read with romance, rural history and a happy ending’ Devon Life‘Evocative’ Frost Magazine‘Rich with carefully drawn characters who really come to life in the hands of this skilled writer’ NorthernReaderPraise for Linda Finlay:‘Sure to delight her ever-growing legion of fans’ Dilly Court'Warm and atmospheric, you can practically taste the sea breeze' The Express
Elephants are as unique as people. They can be clever and curious or headstrong and impulsive, shy or sociable. Learn to know them as individuals as well as a species in this evocative account of years spent studying elephant behaviour in the wild.Watching a family out for a swim on a hot day, Dr Hannah Mumby notes grandmothers, mothers, sisters and children exchanging noisy greetings, a consistent stream of close-range vocalisations, intermittent touching, co-operative herding of babies and frequent stopping for snacks. A close and interconnected family. But in this family, the adults weigh several tons each and the babies wave trunks playfully at one another. This is a herd of elephants.That elephants are intelligent, sentient beings is common knowledge, but so much about their day-to-day lives and abilities remains unknown. How do they communicate with one another over seemingly impossible distances? How do males spend their lives once they have left their mothers’ herds? And how much do they really remember?In this lyrically written and deeply personal account of several years of field research, Mumby reverently describes her own elephant encounters, alongside an exploration of the most up-to-date discoveries about the lives of these gentle giants. Learn how elephants live, travel, have sex, raise children and relate to one another, and reflect on how they think and feel. Understanding elephants as individuals closes the gap between human and animal and has powerful applications in the critical field of elephant conservation.Previous published in hardback as Elephants: Birth, Death and Family in the Lives of the Giants.