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Viscount Rothersthorpe can't tear his eyes from Lydia Morgan any more than he can calm the fury coursing through his veins. Furtive glances across the ballroom are not helping to ease Lydia's state of shock - the man who once uttered a marriage proposal has returned. But when he stuns her with an outrageous but wickedly delicious proposal, it is clear that despite the rumours, the rake from her past has not reformed!
From the Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, The Rich is the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and spent their money. Starting with Ancient Egypt and Greece and culminating with the oligarchies of modern Russia and China, it compares and contrasts the rich and powerful down the ages and around the world. What unites them?
Viktor Frankenstein ist von der Idee besessen, das Elixier des Lebens zu finden. In einer düsteren Novembernacht gelingt ihm das Unfassbare: Aus Leichenteilen, die er aus Friedhöfen zusammengetragen hat, formt er einen menschenähnlichen Körper, ein überdimensionales, hässliches Monstrum und haucht ihm Leben ein. Das Monster lernt schnell und versucht vergeblich die Zuneigung anderer Menschen zu erlangen. In seiner Isolation verflucht es seinen Schöpfer.
The kingdom of Goredd is populated by humans and by dragons who fold themselves into a human form. Though they live alongside each other, the peace between them is uneasy. But when a member of the royal family is murdered, and the crime appears to have been committed by a dragon the peace and treaty between both worlds is seriously threatened. Into this comes Seraphina, a gifted musician who joins the royal court as the assistant to the court composer.
When our expectations are met and things go according to plan, we feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. Risking little, we feel safe, in control, and on-track. But when life throws us a curveball or does not live up to our expectations, we end up with an Expectation Hangover. This particular brand of discomfort is profoundly sobering and uncomfortable.
International bestselling author Linda Fairstein returns with a breathless, explosive thriller exploring the dark side of New York City. When the body of a woman is found in one of the most prestigious hotels in Manhattan, Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman find themselves hunting for an elusive killer whose signature is carving a symbol, bearing a striking resemblance to train tracks, into his victims' bodies.
Als ein Schönheitswettbewerb für Pferde angekündigt wird, ist Prinzessin Emmy sofort klar: Eines ihrer Pferde muss unbedingt mitmachen. Doch Emmy stellt schnell fest, dass die Welt der Reichen und Schönen nichts für sie ist. Da herrscht ihr viel zu viel Eitelkeit und Hochnäsigkeit. Obendrein droht sich der Zickenkrieg sogar auf ihre eigenen Pferde zu übertragen. Wie wird dieser Wettbewerb wohl ausgehen?
This science-fiction classic has been reimagined by Dave Eggers in modern times. Fourteen-year-old Consuelo and the famous oceanographer Pierre Arronax set sail from New York to hunt down a mysterious sea-monster. But they discover an even stranger truth: the ‘sea-monster’ is in fact a submarine, captained by Nemo! Consuelo and Arronax join Nemo on the submarine, and so begin their exciting adventures...
Dark Pools is the pacy, revealing, and profoundly chilling tale of how global markets have been hijacked by trading robots - many so self-directed that humans can’t predict what they’ll do next. It’s the story of the blisteringly intelligent computer programmers behind the rise of these ‘bots’. And it’s a timely warning that as artificial intelligence gradually takes over, we could be on the verge of global meltdown.
The dramatic and shocking events of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 are to be the backdrop to Juliet Barker's latest book: a snapshot of what everyday life was like for ordinary people living in the middle ages. The same highly successful techniques she deployed in Agincourt and Conquest will this time be brought to bear on civilian society.
Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Who was the real Count of Monte Cristo? In this extraordinary biography, Tom Reiss traces the almost unbelievable life of the man who inspired not only Monte Cristo, but all three of the Musketeers: the novelist's own father. Born in St Dominigue in 1762, the son of a French nobleman and a sugar plantation slave, General Alexandre Dumas did not have an auspicious start in life.
Linda Rottenberg has spent her career helping innovators think big. "If people aren't calling you crazy, you aren't thinking big enough," she says. These days taking chances isn't just for young college dropouts in hoodies. Whether you work at a Fortune 500 company, a non-profit, or a mom-and pop store, everybody needs to think and act like a changemaker. We all need to be nimble, adaptive, daring, and maybe even a little crazy, or risk being left behind.
Princess Ellie is pony-mad! She'd much rather be riding or helping out at the royal stables than having boring waving lessons. But someone is spying on her... and when Sundance, one of her beloved ponies, goes missing, Ellie is sure that the mysterious girl in the woods is to blame. Can she solve the mystery and rescue Sundance before it's too late?
Da berührte der spitzige Mund Christines Gesicht, und ihr war, als ob von spitzigem Eisen aus Feuer durch Mark und Bein fahre, durch Leib und Seele; und ein gelber Blitz fuhr zwischen ihnen durch und zeigte Christine freudig verzerrt des Grünen teuflisch Gesicht, und ein Donner fuhr über sie, als ob der Himmel zersprungen wäre.
1759, Jamie Kinross has started a new life in India as a gem trader, but when his mentor's family is kidnapped he vows to save them. There he encounters Zarmina Miller. She is rich and beautiful, but when it becomes clear that Zarmina's step-son is involved in the plot, he begins to see another side to her - a dark past and a heart just waiting to be thawed. But is it too late?
Ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter has taken a new case in sunny Louisiana, where the only thing more intense than the heat is a killer on the loose in the small town of Eagle Creek. So far there's just one body, but there are going to be more. But in a town where secrets are rife and history has a way of repeating itself, can Winter solve the case before someone else dies?
Nicola is the kind of girl who double-locks the front door, leaves the plastic covering on new furniture and definitely does not date. Caroline knows that Nicola’s living only half a life. And so she lays down the gauntlet: Nicola must go on as many dates as it takes to find true love in time for Valentine’s Day. Nicola is about to find out that letting go isn’t quite as scary as she imagined…
Twelve-year-old Carl Hunter has been snatched at gunpoint from his home on Jersey. He and his kidnapper have vanished without a trace. Enter Ben Hope, now working freelance to rescue kidnapped children. But as Ben begins his search for Carl, he soon discovers that nothing about this case is as it seems. Behind the mystery of the boy's disappearance lies a sinister secret that threatens to destroy anyone who comes into contact with it...
One day a fakir leaves his small village in India and lands in Paris. A professional con artist, the fakir is on a pilgrimage to IKEA, where he intends to obtain an object he covets above all others: a brand new bed of nails. Without adequate Euros in the pockets of his silk trousers, the fakir is all the same confident that his counterfeit 100-Euro note (printed on one side only) and his usual bag of tricks will suffice. But when a swindled cab driver seeks his murderous revenge, the fakir accidentally embarks on a European tour.
Ten-year-old Nashville doesn't feel like he belongs with his family, in his town, or even in this world. He was hatched from an egg his father found on the sidewalk and has grown into something not quite boy and not quite bird. Despite the support of his loving parents and his adoring sister, Junebug, Nashville wishes more than anything that he could join his fellow birds up in the sky. After all, what's the point of being part bird if you can't even touch the clouds?