I used to think that perhaps everything that was happening to me - my whole life - was just a memory. As if one moment I could be eleven, and playing in the sun, and the next I might - wake up, somehow, and find I was old and dying, and the day when I was eleven was just a bright, clear memory... Alex is an artist, preparing for an exhibition to mark the peak of his career. His life seems ordered and complete, but an impulsive trip back to the Italy of his childhood forces him to explore the unresolved questions of his past. There, in those seemingly innocent days, as he swam and played and explored the wild countryside with Jamie and Anna, Alex must surely find the key to so much of his later life. He has to experience again his first friendship with Jamie, and his first love for Anna; and to put together the pieces of a story which brought the three of them together more closely than they could understand, with a bond which seemed innocent but which resulted in tragedy. In this disturbing new novel Guy Burt explores the darker side of childhood love and friendship, and the fear and pain of growing up. Of Guy Burt's first novel, After The Hole, the critics wrote: 'A scintillating début...Burt's will be a name to watch' - Daily Mail 'Compulsively sinister first novel ' - The Times 'Insidiously brilliant' - The Independent
When Izzy woke up that morning it seemed as if it was going to be another boring day. But life is full of surprises, and when Izzy takes a dandelion from a field and blows on its fluffy, white seeds to see if it will tell her the time, she gets a lot more than she bargained for, in an adventure that takes her to all corners of the globe. A children's book with a message: " Time is for spending... morals are for learning"
Lovers torn apart by The Great War. Bill, a young shoe-last maker, lives on the Northamptonshire estate of the Duke of Buccleuch and is plucking up his courage to ask his sweetheart, Florrie to marry him. In the summer of 1914, the declaration of war dashes all their dreams. Bill joins the local yeomanry and is allocated a bay mare, Copper, the property of Lady Alice, the duke's daughter. While Bill fights the Central Powers and he and Copper endure the hardships and tragedies of Gallipoli, Egypt, and Palestine, Florrie fights her own war at home in England, bringing up six of her eight siblings and contending with rationing, shortages, and a drunken and violent widowed father. Can Bill survive to keep his promises to marry Florrie and bring home Copper, his beloved warhorse? Can Bill and Florrie's love survive five years apart? The Dandelion Clock is based on real events.
Silent Helene Van den Bergh has wandered the city since her release from a psychiatric hospital fifteen years earlier. Horrified when her friend is murdered, she knows the bullet was meant for her - but why? On Devil's Peak, on the spring equinox, Helene waits for the gibbous moon to rise, unaware that two killers stalk her. The Dark Man, and Etienne Craig, The Diabolical Creation, a depraved lunatic whose lust for violence has reached its zenith. But something infinitely more evil tracks the hunters on the charred mountainside. Its depravity knows no bounds and its form cannot be predicted. Evil men set on slaughter may themselves become its prey. Flash Peterson, Honey Esack and Petra Montgomery, the Sisters of Light, unite in a desperate scramble against the clock. Can they conquer the darkness in time to save their friend? In this gripping psychological thriller, Sarah Key, author of Tangled Weeds, weaves the supernatural with crime to stunning effect.
The 1930s are drawing to a close and life-changing decisions must be made Simon Poole and Jacky Whitmore live for moments of glory on the rugby pitch. Norah Moffat, with her movie-star looks, could have had the world at her feet but, with the shadow of war looming on the horizon, she chooses to train as a nurse with her best friend, Cathy Lewis. Each known that the group's days of carefree existence are numbered.
Poetry. "Daniel Tiffany's 'pocket rhapsodies' are gorgeously spring-loaded, micro-tuned, and aching with time, time lost, syllabic time, dreamtime, time the conqueror. THE DANDELION CLOCK is a burning fuse and a wonderful book"--Peter Gizzi.
Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott will be loved by fans of Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy or Annabel Pitcher. Liv takes us on a journey through her life from "Thirteen Weeks Before" to "Six Months After". We discover Liv's passion for photography, her brother's obsession with sticking to the rules, the stupidity of Moronic Louise at school, and how the family copes as Mum's terminal illness takes hold . . . Guided by Mum's own childhood diaries, Liv finds a new way to live. This book is real, funny, utterly touching and absolutely heartwarming. Despite the sadness at the heart of the story, every reader will laugh and keep on turning the pages, charmed by Liv and her mum.
Anne Dalton has suffered the death of both parents and a bitter divorce. When she suddenly loses her job her life is shattered. She visits Jekyll Island, off the eastern coast of Georgia, it has a flamboyant history and the privacy she seeks to get her life back together. She meets David Fields and discovers that beneath his quiet facade lies a hidden personality that frightens her. Fearful but unable to walk away she is caught up in a mystery that includes danger for herself and sanity for David. The shadow of lies and deception about the death of his fiance has shattered the lives of all involved. As the truth is finally exposed, Anne and David find answers that enable each of them to restore their own lives.
A selection of enchanting stories to read and share by one of the world's best-loved children's authors, Enid Blyton. Ribby the Gnome has a very bad habit: he always borrows things and never brings them back! But when he takes a wizard's umbrella and doesn't return it, he's in for a horrible surprise. The umbrella is magic, and it is very angry! This collection was previously published by Egmont as The Chimney Corner Collection (1947) and contains the following stories: Winkle-Pip Walks Out Trit-Trot the Pony The Magic Walking-Stick The Snoozy Gnome The Three Strange Travellers The Secret Cave The Proud Little Dog The Little Bully The Six Little Motor-Cars The Unkind Children The Little Paper-Folk The Tiresome Poker The Enchanted Table The Boy Who Boasted The Disagreeable Monkey The Golden Enchanter The Wizard's Umbrella The Little Singing Kettle The Little Brown Duck The Pixie Who Killed the Moon Old Bufo the Toad The Boy Who Pulled Tails The Tales of Mr. Spectacles The Goblin's Pie Feefo Goes to Market Adventures of the Sailor Doll Clickety-Clack The Enchanted Bone Fiddle-De-Dee, the Foolish Brownie The Elephant and the Snail The Invisible Gnome Mr. Grumpygroo's Hat The Fairy and the Policeman The Little Red Squirrel The Little Walking House Sly-One's Puzzle Mr. Widdle on the Train Who Stole the Crown? "Tell Me My Name!" Gooseberry Whiskers The Mean Old Man The Nice Juicy Carrot The Dandelion Clock King Bom's Ice-Cream The Cat, the Mouse and the Fox The Bed That Took a Walk The Brownie's Magic Dame Lucky's Umbrella He Wouldn't Take the Trouble Muddle's Mistake Silky and the Snail The Train That Went to Fairyland The Cat That Was Forgotten The Dog That Wanted a Home Freckles for a Thrush He's a Horrid Dog Hoppetty-Skip and Crawl-About The Lamb Without a Mother Mooo-ooo-ooo! Old Ugly, the Water-Grub