Staff Picks

The Three Secret Cities

The Three Secret Cities

A shadow world behind the real world...

....a world with its own history, rules and prisons, that is reaching into our world explosively. When Jack West Jr won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil.

Now these dark forces are coming after Jack in ruthless fashion. With the end of all things rapidly approaching, Jack must find the Three Secret Cities, three incredible lost cities of legend.

It's an impossible task by any reckoning, but Jack must do it while he is being hunted by the greatest hunters in history.

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Man in the High Castle

Man in the High Castle

An official tie-in edition of Philip K Dick's dazzling speculative novel to accompany the new TV series, executive produced by Ridley Scott. Philip K Dick's acclaimed cult novel gives us a horrifying glimpse of an alternative world - one where the Allies have lost the Second World War.

In this nightmare dystopia the Nazis have taken over New York, the Japanese control California and the African continent is virtually wiped out. In a neutral buffer zone in America that divides the world's new rival superpowers, lives the author of an underground bestseller. His book offers a new vision of reality - an alternative theory of world history in which the Axis powers were defeated - giving hope to the disenchanted.

Does 'reality' lie with him, or is his world just one among many others? "The most brilliant science fiction mind on any planet." (Rolling Stone). "Dick's finest book, and one of the very best science fiction novels ever published." (Eric Brown). 
 

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Mythos

Mythos

The Greek myths are amongst the best stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney.

They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

Spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry's Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age - in all their rich and deeply human relevance.

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A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

The international phenomenon: quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny, A Man Called Ove is a life-affirming fable for our times. 

'Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail 

'Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it' Spectator Books of the Year 

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. 

But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? 

In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible... 

The word-of-mouth bestseller causing a sensation across Europe, Fredrik Backman's heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step - and less ready to judge on first impressions a man you might one day wish to have as your dearest friend.

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Revolution of the Moon

Revolution of the Moon

From the author of the Inspector Montalbano series comes the remarkable account of an exceptional woman who rises to power in 17th century Sicily and brings about sweeping changes that threaten the iron-fisted patriarchy, before being cast out in a coup after only 27 days. 

Sicily, April 16 1677. From his deathbed, Charles III's viceroy, Anielo de Guzmán y Carafa, marquis of Castle Rodrigo, names his wife, Doña Eleonora, as his successor. Eleonora de Moura is a highly intelligent and capable woman who immediately applies her political acumen to heal the scarred soul of Palermo, a city afflicted by poverty, misery, and the frequent uprisings they entail.

The Marquise implements measures that include lowering the price of bread, reducing taxes for large families, re-opening women's care facilities, and establishing stipends for young couples wishing to marry—all measures that were considered seditious by the conservative city fathers and by the Church. The machinations of powerful men soon result in Doña Eleonora, whom the Church sees as a dangerous revolutionary, being recalled to Spain. Her rule lasted 27 days—one cycle of the moon.

Based on a true story, Camilleri's gripping and richly imagined novel tells the story of a woman whose courage and political vision is tested at every step by misogyny and reactionary conservatism.

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A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic. Kell is one of the last Travellers magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes as such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. 

White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London... but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveller, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. 
 

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Unconventional

Unconventional

Lexi spends her life at conventions, thanks to her dad's job as top organizer - it's her world. So when she finds smug (but cute) interloper Aidan in HER Green Room at the first event of the year, she is not impressed. That is until she discovers that Aidan is actually Haydn Swift - author of Lexi's new favourite novel - and sparks begin to fly...

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Fierce Fairytales: & Other Stories to Stir Your Soul

Fierce Fairytales: & Other Stories to Stir Your Soul

Feminist Fairytales for Young and Old. 

Reimagining traditional tales, this empowering collection of stories, poems and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover. 

Gone are the gender stereotypes of obliging lovers, violent men and girls that need rescuing. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains and you'll meet brave princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle and a courageous Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own. 

Await no princes to save you
through their lips touching yours
whilst you are in unwilling slumber.
Wake each other up instead.'

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Style Me Vintage: Hair

Style Me Vintage: Hair

Whether the aim is to look like Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake, or Brigitte Bardot, this retro-gorgeous tome provides everything needed to create authentic hairdos Filled with step-by-step instructions, tips, techniques, and detailed photographs, this resource to recreating hairstyles from the 1930s to the 1960s puts retro glamour right at readers' fingertips. It outlines essential equipment, and offers photos of each step of the process. It also offers photos of a classic icon showcasing each style as well as a popular contemporary recreation of the look—such as Marlene Dietrich's and Christina Aguilera's takes on finger waves, or the bouffants of both Jackie Kennedy and Joan Holloway. Whether for a special party or event, a night out, or just for fun, this must-have book breaks down the steps to recreating the decadence and fun of vintage styles, and is filled with inspirational images and tips on make-up and accessories.

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Flesh Wounds

Flesh Wounds

A mother who invented her past, a father who was often absent, a son who wondered if this could really be his family.

Richard Glover's favourite dinner party game is called 'Who's Got the Weirdest Parents?'. It's a game he always thinks he'll win. There was his mother, a deluded snob, who made up large swathes of her past and who ran away with Richard's English teacher, a Tolkien devotee, nudist and stuffed-toy collector. There was his father, a distant alcoholic, who ran through a gamut of wives, yachts and failed dreams. And there was Richard himself, a confused teenager, vulnerable to strange men, trying to find a family he could belong to. As he eventually accepted, the only way to make sense of the present was to go back to the past - but beware of what you might find there. Truth can leave wounds - even if they are only flesh wounds.

Part poignant family memoir, part rollicking venture into a 1970s Australia, this is a book for anyone who's wondered if their family is the oddest one on the planet. The answer: 'No'. There is always something stranger out there.

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