On a peat and heather island off the west coast of Scotland, Effie and her mother, Nora, take refuge in the large, mouldering house of their ancestors and tell each other stories. Nora, at first, recounts nothing that Effie really wants to hear. Effie tells of her life at college in Dundee. But strange things are happening. Why is Effie being followed? Is someone killing the old people? And where is the mysterious yellow dog?
Ash O’Halloran knows she should be having the time of her life. She’s blonde, 29, single and self-supporting. So, shouldn’t she be out every night, swilling Chardonnay and falling in love? Or, if she isn’t, at least having a great time moaning about it with her best friends? The trouble is, Ash likes things as they are. And she doesn’t do impulsive. However, Ash begins to wonder if being Miss Self-Contained-and-Secure might also mean missing out….
"My Favourite Goodbye"
The Perfumed Garden is perhaps the most comprehensive treatise on the art of love making and sexual pleasure. Written over 400 years ago in Arabia by Shayakh Umar ibn Muhammed al-Nefzawi it is unquestionably one of the greatest books ever written on the subject of eroticism. It delicately and joyously catalogues innumerable and imaginative acts of coitus. .
The day Ruth Maguire encounters the wet man on the lonely Wrack Road seems no different to any other, but their meeting on the bleak Dooney Headland, where Ruth lives with her mother and brother and little sister, has terrifying consequences. Ruth's ordeal, trapped in her own home with the lives of James and little Katya at stake, builds to nightmare intensity against a background of grey slab rocks and the glittering sea, in a remote place which is a world of its own.
'Your Robin Hood thing. Let's do it for the Novel Project,' says Angie. 'Tell everyone?' I shrieked. 'Are you crazy?' Kelly thinks it's all over - her crazy effort to feed the poor. At first it seemed so right, but it became an obsession. And it made her do something so terrible her parents never spoke about it afterwards. Now her best friend is about to start the nightmare all over again...
With her 15th birthday imminent, Tess is running out of time. She must decide who, or what, she will become when she makes the final Switch of her life. To make the impossible decision even worse, she finds herself bundled off to relatives in the country, miles from home, her parents and, most importantly, Kevin. What on earth will she do in the wild woods? And what will the wild woods do to her?
Catherine Galitza has been badly injured by an intruder in her own home. In the months before, there had been a string of nuisance calls. Are the events connected? Has someone been stalking her? As Catherine begins her slow and painful recovery, two men seem intent on uncovering the truth: her husband's business partner, the intense, prickly Simon Jardine, who harbours an almost obsessive devotion to Catherine; and the self-made Irish hotelier Terry Devlin.