A daring and original new novel from one of sci-fi’s most provocative voices, Natural History is a stunning work of bold ideas, unforgettable characters, and epic adventure as one woman seeks to explore what may be the greatest mystery of all... Imagine a world... Half-human, half-machine, Voyager Isol was as beautiful as a coiled scorpion–and just as dangerous. Her claim that she’d found a distant but habitable earthlike planet was welcome news to the rest of the Forged.
Dottie Perks has forged a new life for herself in London, with a new job and a loving boyfriend. She's safe, happy and loved. What more could she ask for? But when Dottie visits her home in Brighton, the last person she expects to see is her first love, Ralph Bennett. As old feelings come rushing to the surface, Dottie struggles to deny the strong chemistry between them. She can't throw away everything to be with Ralph...can she?
Happily married for over a year and more in love than ever, Darcy and Elizabeth can’t imagine anything interrupting their bliss-filled days. Then an intense snowstorm strands a group of travelers at Pemberley, and terrifying accidents and mysterious deaths begin to plague the manor. Everyone seems convinced that it is the work of a phantom - a Shadow Man who is haunting the Darcy family’s grand estate.
It’s the 1st of December and Milly Arnold is facing a miserable Noel. Newly single, the last thing she wants to do is join her settled sister and her young family for the first of their traditions: the writing of the Christmas lists. However Milly’s nephews have other ideas and insist she write a list of her own (with illustrations to help Father Christmas decipher her terrible handwriting). Milly duly makes a request for a bunch of roses, some chocolate and a new pair of shoes. She doesn’t expect to get any of it. However, that very day, a box of chocolates appears....
"Great little Christmas story."
Dottie and Mary forged a friendship over a bag of penny sweets when they were eight years old. They've shared everything together since then. Now, at seventeen, they're both shopgirls working at Woolworths. As they go out in the world in pursuit of love and happiness and life becomes more complicated, the simplicity of their childhood dissolves. The heady excitement of first love will consume them both, but the pain of unintentional betrayal will test their friendship.
Lina, Lady Radbourne, thought being a countess would rescue her from poverty. Unfortunately, her young groom failed to plan for the future, and his drunken accident left her widowed and pregnant. Now Colonel Winstead Vaughan - Win - will inherit her late husband's fortune... unless she gives birth to a boy. Win is her natural enemy, so why can't she stop thinking about him? Win is stunned to learn he stands to inherit a vast fortune.
"A disappointing performance of a great book"
Daisy Silverman has always been obsessed with His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. When the underachieving 30-something cleaning lady wins a million dollars, she follows her lifelong dream to go to London. Once there, she meets Prince Charles - the real Prince Charles. Through a series of misunderstandings, the royal family doesn't realize that Daisy's Jewish or that she's spent her life up to the elbows in the wrong kind of toilet water.
"A charming story...a fairy tale with a modern spin"
When they discover their younger sister is missing, their home burned, and their parents murdered, they seek revenge on their goblin enemies... Their father's last words lead them to Eirian, a powerful sword that will take them to their missing sister, if they can keep it out of the hands of their enemies.
Kathleen Hey spent the war years helping her sister and brother-in-law run a grocery shop in the Yorkshire town of Dewsbury. From July 1941 to July 1946, she kept a diary for the Mass Observation Project, recording the thoughts and concerns of the people who used the shop. Among the chorus of voices she brings us, Kathleen herself shines through as a strong and engaging woman who refuses to give in to doubts or misery and who maintains her keen sense of humour, even under the most trying conditions.
Penguinpig is best-selling story about a little girl who reads of an exciting creature known as a penguinpig on the Internet. Filled with delight and intrigue, she decides that she must go and find one.
Faelin twins Diello and Cynthe, children of a Fae mother and a human father, found their lives changed forever the day their parents were brutally murdered by a goblin horde. They discovered that their parents' cautious ways hid a lifetime of secrets, including Eirian, a magical sword buried on their farm. Now their little sister has been taken by someone who wants that sword and the ultimate power that comes with it.
The Princess is really very worried about her husband, who has the Pony pox. He is starting to get much worse galloping around the palace and eating straw! But the world famous doctor Zala tells them it's an evil spell cast by the 'Pwince's wicked stepmother'. Join the Princess and her companions as they set out to break the spell.
The Wicked Queen isn't beaten yet! Using devilish trickery, she escapes from exile with Narvig the Knobbly Gnome of the North and seeks revenge on the Princess. But just when all seems lost! Join Narvig as he rushes to rescue the Princess and her "Pwince".
The Princess lives in a beautiful palace and has everything she could possibly need. But the palace is rather boring, and she seeks mischief and adventure by hiding from the servants and getting as mucky as possible. One day she falls through a small door in the palace wall, meets a shepherd boy, and her adventures really begin!
All the stories in this book either fed into or grew out of the year I spent as crimewriter-in-residence on the St. Peter's Riverside Sculpture Project in Sunderland, 1993-94. At the time it seemed as though it had to be one of the strangest jobs in the country; retrospect assures me that I was too cautious in my judgment, and it was in fact the strangest job in the known universe.
Mage Fire is the thrilling conclusion to The Faelin Chronicles series about a twin boy and girl, the children of a Fae mother and a human father, who discover a new destiny after their parents are murdered. They learn that their parents' cautious ways hid a lifetime of secrets, including Eirian, a magical sword that was buried on their farm. Their little sister has been taken by someone who wants that sword, and the ultimate power that comes with it.