WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD WINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2016 ´A thrilling adventure story´ Bill Bryson ´Dazzling´ Literary Review ´Brilliant´ Sunday Express ´Extraordinary and gripping´ New Scientist ´A superb biography´ The Economist ´An exhilarating armchair voyage´ GILES MILTON, Mail on Sunday Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist - more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there´s a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon. His colourful adventures read like something out of a Boy´s Own story: Humboldt explored deep into the rainforest, climbed the world´s highest volcanoes and inspired princes and presidents, scientists and poets alike. Napoleon was jealous of him; Simon Bolívar´s revolution was fuelled by his ideas; Darwin set sail on the Beagle because of Humboldt; and Jules Verne´s Captain Nemo owned all his many books. He simply was, as one contemporary put it, ´the greatest man since the Deluge´. Taking us on a fantastic voyage in his footsteps - racing across anthrax-infected Russia or mapping tropical rivers alive with crocodiles - Andrea Wulf shows why his life and ideas remain so important today. Humboldt predicted human-induced climate change as early as 1800, and The Invention of Nature traces his ideas as they go on to revolutionize and shape science, conservation, nature writing, politics, art and the theory of evolution. He wanted to know and understand everything and his way of thinking was so far ahead of his time that it´s only coming into its own now. Alexander von Humboldt really did invent the way we see nature.
Sherlock Holmes remains the most famous of all fictional detectives. But he was not the only solver of crimes to patrol the gaslit streets of late Victorian and Edwardian London. The years between 1890 and 1914 were the heyday of the English (and American) story magazines and their pages were filled with platoons of private detectives, police officers and eccentric criminologists. These were the Rivals of Sherlock Holmes and this second anthology of stories edited by Nick Rennison, author of Sherlock Holmes: An Unauthorised Biography , highlights fifteen of them: Mr Booth created by Herbert Keen Max Carrados created by Ernest Bramah Florence Cusack created by LT Meade and Robert Eustace John Dollar, ´The Crime Doctor´ created by EW Hornung Dick Donovan created by JE Preston Muddock Horace Dorrington created by Arthur Morrison Martin Hewitt created by Arthur Morrison Judith Lee created by Richard Marsh Madelyn Mack created by Hugh Cosgro Weir Lady Molly of Scotland Yard created by Baroness Orczy Addington Peace created by Fletcher Robinson Mark Poignand and Kala Persad created by Headon Hill John Pym created by David Christie Murray Christopher Quarles created by Percy Brebner John Thorndyke created by R Austin Freeman Praise for The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes ´A book which will delight fans of crime fiction´ - Verbal Magazine ´[An] intriguing anthology´ - Mail on Sunday
NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLER #1 GLOBE AND MAIL HISTORICAL FICTION BESTSELLER One of NPR´s Best Books of the Year! One of Bookbub´s Biggest Historical Fiction Books of the Year! Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick! The 2017 Girly Book Club Book of the Year! A Summer Book Pick from Good Housekeeping, Parade, Library Journal, Goodreads, Liz and Lisa, and BookBub In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women-a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947-are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She´s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie´s parents banish her to Europe to have her ´´little problem´´ taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. 1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she´s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she´s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the ´´Queen of Spies´´, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy´s nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn´t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads. ´´Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!´´-Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America´s First Daughter
Little Failure is Gary Shteyngart´s bestselling and very funny memoir. A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In 1979 seven-year-old Gary Shteyngart and his parents left the Soviet Union for the consumerist paradise of America. As good Russian Jews, Gary´s parents were determined that he make something of himself. As a diminutive asthmatic with a runny nose, Gary knew his was to be a life of spectacular disappointments. He wasn´t wrong. In Little Failure he reveals how, by ending up a prize-winning novelist, he visited great shame on his family. ´Dazzling, exquisitely charted. Time spent with Shteyngart is like being with Woody Allen on speed: razor-sharp, funny and deeply moving´ Mail on Sunday ´A marvel of a story. His finest book yet´ Zadie Smith ´An immigrant story, a coming-of-age story, a becoming-a-writer story. Dazzling´ Meg Wolitzer Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972. In 2007 he was named one of Granta´s Best Young American novelists. His debut The Russian Debutante´s Handbook was widely acclaimed (and won the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction), as were his second, Absurdistan (one of the 10 Best Books of the Year in the New York Times) and Super Sad True Love Story (which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize).
The case that will make Detective Antoinette Conway´s murder squad career. Or break it. ´Its single voice is brilliantly sustained´ Sunday Times There´s the murder squad you set your sights on at the beginning: the one where you´re playing knife-edge mind-games with psychopathic geniuses. And there´s the one you actually work on. The night shifts. The vicious pranks that go too far. Sifting the dregs for the case that might just be special. ´A series from this side of the Atlantic [to] rival the best of the Americans´ Sunday Express Tonight´s case isn´t it. Uniforms call it in as a slam-dunk domestic. Except when Conway takes a good look at the victim´s face, she realises she´s seen her somewhere before. And she knows there´s a different answer. And it takes her breath away. ´A beautifully wrought murder mystery´ Mail on Sunday This is the case she imagined. Precision-cut and savage, lithe and momentous.
R. Garcia y Robertson is the author of a numerous of books and stories, many of them published in the SF genre. In addition, he has written two highly praised novels outside that genre, American Woman , and The Spiral Dance (´´A remarkably realistic historical fantasy.´´--Ellen Kushner, host of Song and Spirit, NPR). Now Garcia y Robertson returns with a powerful time-travel romance that reaches new imaginative heights. Robyn Stafford, a young American woman executive, has flown from Hollywood to England to surprise her lover on his birthday, only to find that he´s married and his wife´s giving the party. So she takes a few days off to recover from her outrage and dismay, traveling and hiking in England near the Welsh border. There she encounters a young man on horseback, wearing a sword, chain mail, and a surcoat, who identifies himself as Edward Plantagenet, Earl of March, and asks directions to a nearby abbey. He thinks it is the year 1459, is amazed by her working cell phone, and invites her to ride along, although at first he thought her a young boy wearing pants! Then his pursuers show up, and Edward and Robyn ride madly across the hills until he drops her off and gallops back to face his enemies. After he fights them off, he returns and invites her to come with him and be his lady. Then he rides away, into the distant past, to the age of the War of the Roses. And so Robyn Stafford must find a way to leave the world of today for the fifteenth century, where she will fall in love with a young knight, a prince who will be king. This is the first of three books in a sweeping historical romance. At the publisher´s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
´A shining delight of a novel´ New York Times ´Clever and beautiful...it soars´ Financial Times A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief. Seventeen years later, Perdita doesn´t know a lot about who she is or where she´s come from - but she´s about to find out. Jeanette Winterson´s cover version of The Winter´s Tale vibrates with echoes of Shakespeare´s original and tells a story of hearts broken and hearts healed, a story of revenge and forgiveness, a story that shows that whatever is lost shall be found. ´Emotionally wrought and profoundly intelligent... A supremely clever, compelling and emotionally affecting novel that deserves multiple readings to appreciate its many layers´ Mail on Sunday ´There are passages here so concisely beautiful they give you goosebumps´ Observer ´Pulsates with such authenticity and imaginative generosity that I defy you not to engage with it´ Independent
Instant New York Times Bestseller Best of 2017 - included on best-of lists by the New York Times, NPR, Barnes & Noble, Publisher´s Weekly, LitHub, BookPage, Booklist, TheRealBookSpy.com, the Financial Times (UK) and the Daily Mail (UK) ´´The Force is mesmerizing, a triumph. Think The Godfather, only with cops. It´s that good.´´ - Stephen King The acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cartel-voted one of the Best Books of the Year by more than sixty publications, including the New York Times-makes his William Morrow debut with a cinematic epic as explosive, powerful, and unforgettable as Mystic River and The Wire. Our ends know our beginnings, but the reverse isn´t true . . . All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is ´´the King of Manhattan North,´´ a, highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of ´´Da Force.´´ Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he´s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He´s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean-including Malone himself. What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city´s history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all. Based on years of research inside the NYPD, this is the great cop novel of our time and a book only Don Winslow could write: a haunting and heartbreaking story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption that reveals the seemingly insurmountable tensions between the police and the diverse citizens they serve. A searing portrait of a city and a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss, The Force is a masterpiece of urban living full of shocking and surprising twists, leavened by flashes of dark humor, a morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of modern American society and the controversial issues confronting and dividing us today.
The Sunday Times #1 Bestseller The great airborne battle for the bridges in 1944 by Britain´s Number One bestselling historian and author of the classic Stalingrad ´Our greatest chronicler of the Second World War . . . his fans will love it´ - Robert Fox, Evening Standard ´The eye for telling detail which we have come to expect from Antony Beevor. . . this time, though, he turns his brilliance as a military historian to a subject not just of defeat, but dunderhead stupidity´ Daily Mail On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany´s parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power. Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But could it ever have worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch, who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war. The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called ´The Last German Victory´. Yet this book, written in Beevor´s inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single, dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war. ´In Beevor´s hands, Arnhem becomes a study of national character´ - Ben Macintyre, The Times´Superb book, tirelessly researched and beautifully written´ - Saul David, Daily Telegraph ´Complete mastery of both the story and the sources´ - Keith Lowe, Literary Review ´Another masterwork from the most feted military historian of our time´ - Jay Elwes, Prospect Magazine ´The analysis he has produced of the disaster is forensic´ - Giles Milton, Sunday Times ´He is a master of his craft . . . we have here a definitive account´ - Piers Paul Read, The Tablet