Down in the south west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, surrounded by farmland, a young woman lives alone in a small stone cottage. Then, into her peaceful landscape comes a documentary crew. Solomon’s skill is sound. He records, he listens, he hears. And when he meets Laura, he discovers that she has an extraordinary talent: an ability to mimic sounds. It’s a gift that earns her the nickname Lyrebird. From that point, Laura’s life is turned on its head. When the documentary crew offers her a way forward, a bridge to another kind of life, she takes it. But while Solomon knows the world will love Laura, will it free her to spread her wings – or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly free…
Lyrebird is a thoughtful, deeply moving love story; a story of the wild heart in us all and the quiet that lies underneath the world’s noise.
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By the author of the bestselling All the Light We Cannot See, the debut collection of short stories first published in 2002—by Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, Anthony Doerr.
A blind man spends his days roaming the beaches of Kenya collecting shells, classifying them by feeling their whorls, spines and folds in his fingers. A young woman discovers that she can explore the inner world of an animal’s mind by touching its freshly dead body. A refugee from Liberia, who cannot escape the horrors that he has witnessed, finds salvation in the clandesitne act of burying the hearts of beached whales.
In The Shell Collector, Antony Doerr illuminates both the riotous dangers of the natural world and the rocky terrain of the human heart.
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When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward… But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime!
The Midnight Gang tells an extraordinarily heartwarming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward – and on a quest for adventure! It is a story of friendship and magic – and of making dreams come true. Readers are set to be utterly spellbound by this heartfelt story that will bring magic to everyone’s Christmas.
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Welcome to Manhattan, 2118. A thousand-storey tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.
A hundred years in the future, New York’s elite of the super-tower lie, backstab and betray each other to find their place at the top of the world. Everyone wants something … and everyone has something to lose.
As the privileged inhabitants of the upper floors recklessly navigate the successes and pitfalls of the luxury life, forbidden desires are indulged and carefree lives teeter on the brink of catastrophe. Whilst lower-floor workers are tempted by a world – and unexpected romance – dangling just out of reach. And on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all – yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
So when a young woman falls from the top of the supertower, her death is the culmination of a scandal that has ensnared the top-floor elite and bottom-floor. But who plummeted from the roof? And what dark secrets led to her fall?
The Thousandth Floor. Available here: http://amzn.to/2gBbGXW
You’ve been promoted to leadership—congratulations! But it’s nothing like your old job, is it? William Gentry, author of Be The Boss Everyone Wants to Work For says it’s time to flip our script.
We all have mental scripts that tell us how the world works. Your old script was all about ‘me’: standing out as an individual. But as a new leader, you need to flip your script from ‘me’ to ‘we’ and help the group you lead succeed. In this book, Gentry supports and coaches you to flip your script in six key areas. He offers actionable, practical, evidence-based advice and examples drawn from his research, his work with leaders, and his own failures and triumphs of becoming a new leader. Get started flipping your script and become the kind of boss everyone wants to work for.
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Paul Finch launched in 2013 to great acclaim, as one of the bright new stars of crime fiction. Strangers marks the start of a new series, introducing PC Lucy Clayburn, a young, rookie cop who takes on the case of a lifetime. The book is dark and visceral and feeds the appetite for strong, female-led crime fiction.
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‘[An] inspired, blistering war novel … Though it covers only a few hours, the book is a gripping, eloquent provocation. Class, privilege, power, politics, sex, commerce and the life-or-death dynamics of battle all figure in Billy Lynn’s surreal game day experience.’ — New York Times
‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is not merely good; it’s Pulitzer Prize-quality good … A bracing, fearless and uproarious satire of how contemporary war is waged and sold to the American public.’ — San Francisco Chronicle
‘A masterful echo of Catch-22, with war in Iraq at the center … A gut-punch of a debut novel … There’s hardly a false note, or even a slightly off-pitch one, in Fountain’s sympathetic, damning and structurally ambitious novel.’ — Washington Post
Three minutes and forty-three seconds of intensive warfare with Iraqi insurgents—caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew—has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America’s most sought-after heroes. Now they’re on a media-intensive nationwide tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. On this rainy Thanksgiving Day, the Bravos are guests of a Dallas football team, slated to be part of the halftime show.
Among the Bravos is nineteen-year-old Specialist Billy Lynn. Surrounded by patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and support our troops bumper stickers, he is thrust into the company of the team’s owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a born-again cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Over the course of this day, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his years.
Poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is a searing and powerful novel that has cemented Ben Fountain’s reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation.
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There is huge interest in the science of food, as consumers become more discerning about where their food comes from and how it is made. This is the natural next step: seeing below the surface of food to the Ingredients that make up our ingredients.
So Ingredient isn’t a book of recipes – instead, it’s about exposing the moving parts that cause every failure and every triumph in every kitchen. You can apply the mindset laid out in Ingredient to any recipe or technique, regardless of your skill level or how you like to cook. Home cooks will feel ready to take on any recipe, and restaurant cooks will feel prepared for anything that comes out of the fire.
Beginners will have a lifeline if something goes wrong, and masters will improve dishes they’ve been cooking for years. Fans of old-school cuisine will understand classic preparations like never before and the innovation-minded will advance the art of cooking even further.
Renowned culinary scientist Ali Bouzari illuminates the elemental world of food and unlocks the secrets of ingredients in a lively, engaging and accessible way that dramatically changes the way we look at our food. Watch his TED talk here.
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From the much acclaimed author of Mislaid and The Wallcreeper, a fierce and audaciously funny novel of families—both the ones we’re born into and the ones we create—a story of obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian late father’s childhood home.
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One Crazy Summer is the story of three girls who go to meet their estranged mother in Oakland, CA and become involved with the civil rights movement of the late 1960s. Rita Williams-Garcia’s Newbery Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Award winner, and New York Times bestseller tells the moving story of three sisters who travel to turbulent Oakland, California, in 1968 in search of the mother who abandoned them.
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From the bestselling author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man
At its core, this new book will beautifully explain what faith is and how it can work wonders in our lives. Steve additionally shares his understanding of the imagination and its ability in making dreams a reality. Steve Harvey believes that no vision comes into your mind without you having the power to make it a reality. It’s the reason God put it in your mind in the first place. The word ‘image’ is a key part of the word imagination. He uses this book as an opportunity to encourage people to reflect on their inner lives and better connect with these purposeful visions. Written in a storytelling format in Steve’s beloved voice, each chapter will be a few pages of advice and anecdotes that illuminate the power of imagination and how to use visions from God to enrich your life.
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