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Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, bestselling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order.
In HIPPIE, he tells the story of Paulo, a skinny Brazilian with a goatee and long hair, setting off on a journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life.
He travels on the famous 'Death Train to Bolivia', then on to Peru, later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina. In the famous Dam Square in Amsterdam he finds young people playing music, while discussing sexual liberation, the expansion of consciousness and the search for an inner truth.
There he meets Karla, a Dutch woman in her twenties who has been waiting to find the ideal companion to accompany her on the fabled hippie trail to Nepal. Together with their fellow travellers, they embark on a trip aboard the Magic Bus, heading across Europe and Central Asia to Kathmandu.
For everyone, the journey is transformative. For Paulo and Karla it is a life-defining love story that leads to choices that will set the course of the rest of their lives.
'Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.'A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.
In the heart of Africa, three intrepid adventurers are desperate to find the fabulous diamonds of the lost city of Zinj. They encounter the Kigani cannibals, flaming volcanoes and ferocious gorillas - and Amy, the cuddly gorilla who's fluent in sign language.
The old man has gone 84 days without catching a fish, everything about him is old except his eyes, they are the colour of the sea. He finally catches a fish, but this is no ordinary fish, nor is his fierce and determined response.
''So good, so intelligent, so clever, so entertaining - I adored it.'' CLAIRE TOMALIN ''This is a deeply imagined and deeply moving novel. Reading it made me happy and weepy in equally copious amounts.'' KAREN JOY FOWLER ________________________________ A wonderfully original, emotionally complex ''reading-group'' novel that delves into why Cassandra burned a treasure trove of letters written by her sister, Jane Austen - an act of destruction that has troubled academics for centuries. It''s 1840, twenty-three years after the death of her famous sister Jane, and Cassandra Austen - alone and unwed - returns to the vicarage in the village of Kintbury. There, in a dusty corner of the sprawling vicarage, she discovers a treasure trove of family letters - and within them secrets that she feels certain must not be revealed. She resolves to burn the letters, even those written by Jane herself. But why destroy so much of her sister''s legacy? As Cassandra casts an eye back on her youth and the life of her brilliant yet complex sister, she pieces together long-buried truths from both her and Jane''s pasts, and knows she must make a terrible choice: let the contents of the letters colour Jane''s memory for ever - or protect her reputation no matter the cost. ________________________________ ''Gill Hornby ingeniously imagines what Cassandra Austen''s own life might have been like, both before and after Jane''s untimely death, casting a different light on the familiar biographical picture without in any way distorting it.'' DEIRDRE LE FAYE, editor of Jane Austen''s Letters ''Miss Austen is affecting, thought-provoking, and makes you think about both Jane and Cassandra Austen in a new light.'' HELENA KELLY, author of Jane Austen, The Secret Radical
The sequel to "Silence of the Lambs" marks the return of Dr Hannibal Lecter. One of Hannibal's victims, the influential and rich Mason Verger - a paraplegic confined to a respirator thanks to Hannibal - is bent on revenge and FBI agent Clarice Starling provides the perfect bait.
A Wexford mystery. Only 18 black people live in Kingsmarkham. One is Wexford's new doctor, whose daughter disappears. Chief Inspector Wexford takes more than a mere professional interest in the case, testing not only his powers of deduction, but his beliefs and prejudices about racial equality.
Masterful' Sunday Times _________________ Ancient Rome. 70 B.C.
A city rippling with power - and with no shortage of men who would wield it...
When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history.
The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.
Compellingly written in Tiro's voice, Imperium takes us into the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, and the quest of one man - clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable, and above all Roman - to reach the top.
_________________ A stunning novel of power and ambition from Robert Harris, the number one bestselling author of Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel and Pompeii.
____________________________ From the #1 bestselling author and creator of the hit Netflix series The Stranger comes a riveting new thriller, starring the new hero Windsor Horne Lockwood III - or Win, as he is known to his (few) friends ... ____________________________ Over twenty years ago, heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family''s estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors, and the items stolen from her family were never recovered. Until now. On New York''s Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead not only on Patricia''s kidnapping but also on another FBI cold case - with the suitcase and painting both pointing them towards one man. Windsor Horne Lockwood III - or Win as his few friends call him - doesn''t know how his suitcase and his family''s stolen painting ended up in this dead man''s apartment. But he''s interested - especially when the FBI tell him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism, and that he may still be at large. The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades. But Win has three things the FBI does not:: a personal connection to the case, a large fortune, and his own unique brand of justice ...
Confirms Harris's undisputed place as our leading master of both the historical and contemporary thriller' Daily Mail _________________ LAWS ARE SILENT IN TIMES OF WAR. -- Cicero There was a time when Cicero held Caesar's life in the palm of his hand.
But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero's life is in ruins.
Cicero's comeback requires wit, skill and courage.
And for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.
But politics is never static.
And no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others.
_________________ 'The finest fictional treatment of Ancient Rome in the English language' - The Scotsman
Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach-based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from their loyal clientele. In the past when their turf was challenged, Chon took care of eliminating the threat. But now they may have come up against something that they can't handle-the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, sending them the message that a "no" is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel escalates its threat, kidnapping Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante. O's abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate readers eager to learn the costs of freedom.
Savages is an adrenaline-fuelled novel by a master thriller writer at the very top of his game.
Erin and Darcy, answering personal ads as research for a TV show, discover a New York subculture of adulterers, con-men, the shy and the weird - all looking for love. And one man looking for something darker - a serial killer who has survived for 15 years, and has promised himself two more murders.
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF READY PLAYER ONE, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG '[A] masterful tale of Earth's desperate struggle against a powerful alien foe.' - Andy Weir, bestselling author of The Martian ************************************************************** It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom-if he can make it that long without getting suspended again.
Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.
At first, Zack thinks he's going crazy.
A minute later, he's sure of it. Because the UFO he's staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada-in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.
But what Zack's seeing is all too real. And his skills-as well as those of millions of gamers across the world-are going to be needed to save the earth from what's about to befall it.
Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can't help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn't something about this scenario seem a little too... familiar?
Armada is at once a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien-invasion tale like nothing you've ever read before-one whose every page is infused with author Ernest Cline's trademark pop-culture savvy.
Here's what everyone's saying about the epic follow-up to READY PLAYER ONE:
'a modern classic' - R.M. Rangeley on Amazon, 5 stars 'A modern masterpiece full of a new style of literary magic' - Spiros Kagadis on Amazon, 5 stars 'Excellent. Even better than Ready Player One.' - David Hay on Amazon, 5 stars 'One of my favourite books of all time. Incredibly well written' - Erin Coppin on Amazon, 5 stars 'Awesome! If you liked Ready Player One, would be very surprised if you don't like this' - T. Llewellyn-Sanders on Amazon, 5 stars 'Absolutely awesome!!! Read in less than 24 hours, hooked on every page' - R. Nicholson on Amazon, 5 stars 'Amazing and a great follow up read to Ready Player One!' - Chris on Amazon, 5 stars 'an incredible story which had me on the edge of my seat the whole time... a joy to read' - Helen Ratcliffe on Amazon, 5 stars 'Cline brings you back to all those amazing, unbelievable things you imagined could happen as a kid and makes them real' - Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'Absolutely brilliant! Couldn't put it down, a must read' - Sam Bean on Amazon, 5 stars 'a love letter to old school alien invasion sci-fi... Highly, HIGHLY recommended for all fans of Cline's previous novel, Ready Player One, as well as any classic science fiction fan' - Izzy on Amazon, 5 stars 'Ernest Cline is celebrating this culture in a way that's not just adding another book to the genre, but actually truly celebrating it, the possibilities, wonders and madness of it all' - Heather on Amazon, 5 stars 'majorly, fantastically geeky... Armada just ticked all my boxes' - H. Ross on Amazon, 5 stars This book has been published with two different covers and may be delivered with either cover. Please rest assured that regardless of the cover, the content of the book is the same.
Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna''s books have been translated into thirty-five languages and have been published around the world. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places , which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things .
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn's rise to power-uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.
One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn's classic Heir to the Empire, through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn's origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power-and infamy.
After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Anakin Skywalker; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again-even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat, leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.
All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral-and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire's grip on the galaxy-and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendency.
A novel that features a mixed group of characters, each in his or her own way seeking some sort of salvation or redemption. It talks about the plot: how the US government and some of its quasi-autonomous agencies (CIA, FBI, DEA) all for their own reasons sponsored and financed the development of the drug cartels and their trade in Mexico.
The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the "ridiculously fun and large-hearted" (NPR) near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film. Praise for Ready Player One "Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix."- USA Today "An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart."- CNN "Delightful . . . the grown-up's Harry Potter."- HuffPost "As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates."- Entertainment Weekly "Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, [and] spectacularly successful."- Daily Mail (UK) "A smart, funny thriller that both celebrates and critiques online culture."- San Francisco Chronicle "A geek fantasia, '80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once."- Austin American-Statesman
A woman's cryptic dying words in a Venetian hospice lead Guido Brunetti to uncover a threat to the entire region in Donna Leon's haunting twenty-ninth Brunetti novel.
When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura to report that a dying patient at the hospice Fatebenefratelli wants to speak to the police, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, waste no time in responding.
'They killed him. It was bad money. I told him no', Benedetta Toso gasps the words about her recently-deceased husband, Vittorio Fadalto. Even though he is not sure she can hear him Brunetti softly promises he and Griffoni will look into what initially appears to be a private family tragedy. They discover that Fadalto worked in the field collecting samples of contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness of Venice's water supply and that he had died in a mysterious motorcycle accident. Distracted briefly by Vice Questore Patta's obsession with youth crime in Venice, Brunetti is bolstered once more by the remarkable research skills of Patta's secretary, Signora Elettra Zorzi. Piecing together the tangled threads, in time Brunetti comes to realize the perilous meaning in the woman's accusation and the threat it reveals to the health of the entire region. But justice in this case proves to be ambiguous, as Brunetti is reminded it can be when, seeking solace, he reads Aeschylus's classic play The Eumenides.
As she has done so often through her memorable characters and storytelling skill, Donna Leon once again engages our sensibilities as to the differences between guilt and responsibility.
James Patterson and Bill Clinton - the ''dream team'' (Lee Child) - return with a thriller even more compelling than global number one bestseller The President is Missing . ____________ Every detail is accurate because one of the authors is President Bill Clinton. The drama and action never stop because the other author is James Patterson. ALL PRESIDENTS HAVE NIGHTMARES. THIS ONE IS ABOUT TO COME TRUE. Matthew Keating, a one-time Navy SEAL and former US president, has always defended his family as fiercely as he has his country. Now these defences are under attack. And it''s personal. Keating''s teenage daughter, Melanie, has been abducted, turning every parent''s deepest fear into a matter of national security. As the world watches, Keating embarks on a one-man special-ops mission that tests his strengths: as a leader, a warrior and a father. Because Keating knows that to save Melanie''s life, he may lose his own . . . ____________ ''Propulsive, exhilarating, and unnervingly believable. You won''t just read The President''s Daughter , you''ll devour it'' KARIN SLAUGHTER ''A rollicking ride combining Clinton''s insider knowledge of the top echelons of US power with Patterson''s snappy pacing and forensic prose'' INDEPENDENT ''Even better than their first . . . A rattling roller coaster of a thriller'' DAILY MAIL ''The loneliness of running a superpower and what it''s like to send people to die in war feel unimpeachably authentic.'' GUARDIAN ''Deftly interweaves action scenes and family dynamics'' SUNDAY TIMES ''Highly entertaining'' NEW YORK TIMES ''I loved this book . . . An absolute page-turner'' ROSS KING ''A really propulsive and exciting story . . . a surefire winner'' IRISH INDEPENDENT ''Full of glorious details into the inner workings of the White House, this is action all the way in a fast and furious tale.'' SUN ''Superb thriller, expertly told. Read it in two days. More please'' PIERS MORGAN ''Legendary author James Patterson has teamed up with ex-US President Bill Clinton to write this chilling crime novel'' SUNDAY EXPRESS ''An absolute rocket . . . Clinton and Patterson are simply the best in the thriller business'' ROBERT CRAIS, bestselling author of the Elvis Cole series ''Clinton and Patterson''s novel puts their respective expertise to good use'' TIME ''A page-turning, painfully human thriller that reveals the human hearts that beat inside those corridors of power'' TONY PARSONS, bestselling author of Your Neighbour''s Wife ''Brace yourself for a thriller with inside secrets and riveting excitement'' WALTER ISAACSON, internationally bestselling author ''A smart, taut, utterly fantastic roller coaster that had me holding on for dear life'' CHRIS BOHJALIAN, bestselling author of The Flight Attendant ____________ Real reader reviews: ''The previous collaboration between the two authors was one of my favourite thrillers ever . . . this one was even better!'' ''A thriller with all the punch and authenticity expected from the two authors'' ''Mind-blowing . . . like, did I really just read that?'' ''Outstanding . . . has you on the edge of your seat'' ''An exciting roller coaster of a page-turning read'' ''A great story, believable characters . . . I couldn''t put it down'' ''A terrific pulse-racing thriller'' ''Absolutely blown away'' ____________ Praise for the authors'' previous collaboration, THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING: ''The p olitical thriller of the decade '' LEE CHILD ''Thoroughly enjoyable . . . a quick, slick, gripping read'' THE TIMES ''A bullet train of a thriller'' AJ FINN ''One writer with an unusual skill at thriller plotting and another with an exceptional grasp of global politics. The literary running mates have earned a second term.'' GUARDIAN ''The plotting is immaculate . . . the writing is taut'' SUNDAY TIMES ''Heart-pounding, gripping, terrifying . . . a genuinely masterful thriller'' LOUISE PENNY ''Truly authentic . . . I read it in one gulp. You will too.'' HARLAN COBEN ''This book moves like Air Force One'' MICHAEL CONNELLY ''Engrossing from page one'' DAVID BALDACCI
It is the present-day and the world is as we know it. Except for one thing: slavery still exists. Victor has escaped his life as a slave, but freedom came at a high price. He has to live his life working as a bounty hunter, but in tracking his latest target, he can sense that something isnt quite right. Robert Harris' FATHERLAND meets 12 YEARS A SLAVE in this high concept novel full of suspense.
Accomplished...a strangely mesmerising effect...absolutely excellent' New Statesman New York, 1980s Alice Burns - a young book editor - is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life. The observations within resonate, perhaps, because she has just watched her own family implode.
As she reads she wonders: When did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice?
Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970s Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the US embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan.
But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers - how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others.
The Great Wide Open is an immensely ambitious and compulsive saga; a novel which will speak volumes to anyone who has marvelled at that pain that can only be caused by family itself.
For the inhabitants of the damp little Irish town of Ballinacroagh, the repertoire of gastronomic delights has never extended farther than the limp meals of the local inn''s carvery. But things are about to change when the beautiful Aminpour sisters -- Marjan, Bahar and Layla -- arrive, determined to share the magic of their kitchen with the friendly locals. Opening Babylon Cafe , right in the heart of town, they begin serving up traditional Persian dishes and soon the townsfolk is lured to the new premises by the tantalizing aroma of fresh herb kuku, lamb abgusht and elephant ear fritters, washed down with gallons of jasmine tea from the old samovar. Not everyone welcomes the three women with open arms, though. The way to a man''s heart is through his stomach, as they say, and the women of Ballinacroagh want their men back ... Filled with recipes, mouth-watering fragrances and mysterious spices, Pomegranate Soup is a heart-warming tale of romance, friendship and exotic food.