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The Best Foreign Fiction & Non-fiction We Published in February

Spring is here and so are a whole new set of books from HarperCollins. Right from stimulating self-help, to intriguing mysteries, to heart-breaking love stories and even a (wo)manifesto, there is something for all moods and kinds of readers.

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Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager – Ken Blanchard, With Susan Fowler and Laurence Hawkins

Based on the Situational Leadership workshop held by the Blanchard Foundation, Ken Blanchard’s latest gives you a step-by-step guide to achieving success through self-improvement.

Twenty years after writing the immensely successful One Minute Manager, Ken Blanchard now focuses his attention on another facet of management – self-leadership. Told through the story of Steve, a young advertisement executive, who is on the verge of losing his job until he meets Cayla, a magician. His conversations with Cayla lead him to realize that he must take responsibility for his situation, rather than play the victim card.

Ken Blanchard is the Chairman of The Ken Blanchard Companies. His other books include The One Minute Manager, Raving Fans, Leadership and The One Minute Manager. Susan Fowler and Laurence Hawkins are co-developers with Ken Blanchard of Situational Self Leadership, one of the world’s leading self-empowerment programs.


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We: The Uplifting Manual for Women Seeking Happiness – Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel

‘We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere is a bracing, honest, uplifting manual for changing the world by owning your gifts, telling the truth, expressing gratitude, and living with joy. It’s for every woman, everywhere on the planet. Open to any page. And there you will find a truth that can set you free. We’re all in this together. And We is the GPS for the journey.’ – Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

Filled with valuable wisdom taught by sages and practised by successful people over time, We provides a complete (Wo)manifesto to provide the so-called fairer with all the practical, psychological and spiritual tools to take on the world. Taking anecdotes from their own friendship, Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel deliver a heart-warming tale of how women need to support other women more. Perfect for all the readers who gained inspiration from books like Lean In, Thrive and #GirlBoss.

Gillian Anderson is an award-winning film, television and theatre actor and producer, writer and activist. She lives in London with her daughter and two sons. Jennifer Nadel is an award-winning broadcast journalist, qualified attorney, writer and activist.


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The Girl in the Woods – Camilla Lackberg

When a four-year-old girl goes missing near the woods in Fjällbacka, the same spot where another girl was murdered thirty years ago, the entire community is thrown into a tizzy. What’s more disconcerting is that one of the accused in the murder – now a famous actress – has just returned to Fjällbacka. Detective Patrik Hedström starts investigating the case assisted by his wife Erica, a notable crime writer. But everything is not what meets the eye and Patrik and Erica realize that everyone in the close-knit town has their own secrets.

Gritty, intriguing and dark, the rock-star of Scandinavian noir is back with another brilliant psychological thriller in the Patrik Hedström series.


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Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance – Alex Hutchison

‘This book is AMAZING!’ — MALCOLM GLADWELL


‘If you want to gain insight into the mind of great athletes, adventurers, and peak performers then prepare to be enthralled by Alex Hutchinson’s Endure.’ – BEAR GRYLLS

How high or far or fast can humans go? And what about individual potential: what defines a person’s limits? From running a two-hour marathon to summiting Mount Everest, we’re fascinated by the extremes of human endurance, constantly testing both our physical and psychological limits.

Journalist and elite distance runner Alex Hutchison writes about how the human heart and brain limit one’s endurance as much as the muscles do. Right from crude experiments with frogs to sophisticated technology like brain electrode jolts, computer-based training and subliminal messaging, Hutchison’s discoveries take performance enhancing techniques used by athletes to the layman to enhance his/her fitness experience.


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A Good Time to be a Girl: Don’t Lean In, Change the System – Helena Morrissey

Helena Morrissey is one of the best-known businesswomen out there. Honoured with the title of dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, she is the head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management and has co-founded the successful 30% Club to promote gender-balanced board of directors in the United Kingdom.

Through her years of experience, Morrissey has realized that it is not enough to train a few women at the workplace for better results, but to change the entire system to move away from a patriarchal set up to a more gender-balanced one.

Pitched as a book that challenges the principles of leadership advocated in Lean In, Helena Morrissey puts forth thoroughly practical advice on ‘the feminine way of solving a problem’ and talks of new ways to shatter the glass ceiling in this part memoir, part self-help guide.


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No Other World – Rahul Mehta

New worlds bring with them vast changes and they have so for Kiran Shah, a twelve-year-old second generation American from India. While his parents grapple with the issues of settling into a new culture and personal problems, Kiran has his own issues regarding his orientation. As a gay man in a homophobic society, he always finds himself an outsider torn between two cultures. In the wake of an emotional breakdown, he travels to India where he develops a bond with a hijra, a member of India’s ancient transgender community. What follows is a journey of self-discovery.

No Other World is a haunting meditation on love, belonging, and forgiveness that explores the line between our responsibilities to our families and to ourselves, the difficult choices we make, and the painful cost of claiming our true selves.

Rahul Mehta’s debut short story collection, Quarantine, won a Lambda Literary Award and the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Sun, New Stories from the South, the New York Times magazine, the International Herald Tribune, Marie Claire India, and other publications. An Out magazine “Out 100” honoree, he lives in Philadelphia with his partner and their dog, and teaches creative writing at the University of the Arts.


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Building a Story Brand
: Clarify Your Message so Customers Will Listen — Donald Miller

New York Times bestselling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach readers how to dramatically improve one problem that most businesses face ie. how to connect with customers and grow their businesses.

Highlighting the psychology behind sales and what makes certain products click for consumers, the book tells you how to convey your brand’s message simply and effectively across numerous online and offline platforms. Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion-dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.


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Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer

‘A contemporary masterpiece’ ~ Guardian

‘I’m loving the Southern Reach Trilogy… Creepy and fascinating’ ~ Stephen King

The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X, a place cut off from the rest of the continent where nature has claimed the last vestiges of human civilization. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic. The twelfth now consists of four women, an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist; and a biologist. Will they be able to make it back safe?

Annihilation is the first in the Southern Reach trilogy, a series that recently won the Shirley Jackson Award and Nebula Award. It is now being developed for the big screen by Paramount Pictures/Rudin Productions.


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A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life – Tara Button

Having been an impulsive shopper all her life, Tara Button believed in the power of retail therapy until she fell in love with her Le Creuset cooking pot. She has since become a champion of a lifestyle called ‘mindful curation’ – a way of life in which we choose best, most pleasing and long-lasting of products.

The book leads you to the ten steps of curation, helping you identify your style, prioritize products accordingly and learn how to cut down on superfluous shopping, in order to live a more meaningful and clutter-free life.

Tara Button is the CEO and founder of Buymeonce.com, which has found many supporters from around the globe including actor-activist Ashton Kutcher.


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The Court of Broken Knives – Anna Smith Spark

Anna Smith Spark, a published poet mixes a heady cocktail of fantasy, political intrigue and humour in the first book of the Empires of Dust series. Sorlost, the golden city has stood unpenetrable for an eternity. However, years of luxury have cottoned the masses to a fact – the city is on the brink of an invasion.

Orhan Emmereth, however, understands the needs of the city. A company of soldiers is summoned from across the desert to assassinate the decadent emperor, so that Sorlost may rise from the ashes. For most of the soldiers it is just another mission, but for Marith, a teenage soldier, this is the only means to escape from a horrible past. But can the future be worse than the past?

Fierce, gripping and poetic, The Court of Broken Knives is most certainly the best fantasy debut novel this year.


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We Can Do Anything: 200 Incredible Women Who Changed the World – Caitlin Doyle, Illustrated by Chuck Gonzales

Ever heard the saying ‘It’s a man’s world’? Clearly, the speaker had never met Amelia Earhart or Harriet Tubman. Those feisty females, and many more, rivaled their male counterparts in everything from computer programming to civil rights, and from world speed records to the invention of the chocolate chip cookie!

Illustrated beautifully by Chuck Gonzales, the book divides facts chronologically into different topic based sections for you to browse through history, marvelling at the amazing feats achieved by these women.

Caitlin Doyle is an author, editor, and creative writing teacher with a background and MPhil degree in women’s studies. Caitlin has written and edited a number of books for adults and children for almost 20 years. Her titles include Outrageously Adorable Dog Knits and Why I Love Bedtime.


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The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo

Two people. One choice. What if?

Lucy and Gabe meet in New York City on 11 September 2001, forming an instant connection as the world burns behind them. Over the next thirteen years they meet from time to time and part ways, always questioning the decisions that have shaped their lives, Lucy is faced with question if their love story is nothing but a few coincidences strung together.

Emotional and heart-breaking, The Light We Lost leads you to question the norms of love.

Jill Santopolo received an MFA in fiction writing and is the author of three successful children’s and young-adult series, and works as the editorial director of Philomel Books. An adjunct professor in The New School’s MFA program, she travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling.


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The Boy Who Saw – Simon Toyne

A dead man, a cryptic message and a secret about a powerful organization dated back to the second World War – Sunday Times bestselling author, Simon Toyne’s book has everything that a good historical thriller could comprise of.

Solomon Creed’s search for himself leads him to the scenic French village of Cordes, where his arrival unfortunately coincides with the death of a tailor. Tasked with protecting the grand-daughter of the deceased and her son, Solomon sets off on a journey to uncover the mystery behind the brutal murder, hoping it will answer his own questions.

Exhilarating and pulse-pounding, this story is perfect for the fans of Lee Child and Terry Hayes.


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Four Mums and a Boat – Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg and Frances Davies

Janette, Frances, Helen and Niki, though all from Yorkshire, were four very different women. Except for the fact that they were all mothers of two children and were regular members of the Saturday morning rowing club!

A love for rowing (and a few glasses of wine) prompted them to sign up for something unbelievable – the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Despite responsibilities beckoning and age obviously not being in their favour, they decided to take the plunge. And boy, did it pay off. They set the world record for the oldest women to row any ocean.

Inspiring millions, this is the story of how four friends had the audacity to go on a wild, terrifying and beautiful adventure, not to escape life, but for life not to escape them.


 

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