The delicious new romantic novel from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller. When Josh Strachan, newly returned to his home in north Cornwall from sunny California, first meets Sophie Wells, he's immediately smitten. Sophie's pretty, she's funny, she has lots of friends and she clearly loves her job as a photographer, despite the sometimes tricky clients. There's just one problem: Sophie has very firmly turned her back on love. It's nothing personal, she tells Josh, but she just doesn't do dates. And no one - even Sophie's scatty best friend Tula - will tell him why. Josh is sure Sophie likes him, though, and he's just got to find out what's put her off romance. And then put things right...
‘Linda Porter has done a marvellous job in bringing Katherine Parr to life. In so doing, she evokes the whole terrifying and exciting world of the Tudor courts, packed with intrigue and danger’ A.N. Wilson, Reader’s Digest In this, the first full-scale biography of Katherine Parr, Linda Porter illuminates the life of the queen history has largely forgotten - or at least misremembered. Twice widowed before her marriage to the king, she was not as well versed in the ways of monarchs and her fervent political and religious views made waves in the treacherous waters of the Tudor court. The queen who 'survived' did so only by the skin of her teeth. And though the story of her life has been curiously neglected, she left an enduring impression on English history. 'Colourful and well paced . . . Katherine's was indeed a remarkable life’ Matthew Dennison, Mail on Sunday ‘[A] nuanced picture of family allegiances and intellectual background’ Jenny Uglow, Financial Times
A general election in Albion usually produces a clear winner but, when it does not, those who feel they should have won cannot resist the temptation to hold another one. Electorates, however, tend to be less enthusiastic a second time round and politicians struggle to engage their attention, so when a distinguished personage suggested the weather was the root of all Albion’s woes and that it might be a good idea to tow the island away, certain politicians find the suggestion irresistible. The ‘Island they towed Away’ tells of the unpredictable consequences of such an extraordinary solution to political apathy and of the trials and tribulations of the people of Albion as their island is subsequently towed from one unaccustomed mooring to another. It tells of the plots, ambitions and machinations of politicians from both sides of the political divide and how each of them finally receives his just political deserts. Against the backdrop of this high political intrigue, it relates the lives of ordinary people, caught up in the web of political drama whose simple desire to carry on their daily lives unwittingly has a decisive influence on its eventual outcome.
More than 470 million years ago, a stupendous collision in the Asteroid Belt bombarded the Earth with meteorites of all sizes. New research suggests that the resulting ecological disturbance may have been responsible for the single greatest increase in biological diversity since the origin of complex life. Introducing these fresh discoveries, Ted Nield challenges the orthodox view that meteorite strikes are bad news for life on Earth. Interpreted as omens of doom or objects of power, Meteorites have been the stuff of legend throughout human history. Featuring a wealth of fascinating characters and great discoveries, Incoming! takes a fresh look at our falling skies.
In a dreamlike setting, this surreal book explores the interaction and emotions of a man, his wife and a young woman caught in a love triangle. In this deeply moving love story, the characters travel back and forth in time, each expressing their experience and singular perception of particular events. Through their encounter, from which they cannot escape, they learn about each other as they convey their most intimate thoughts and feelings, shedding all artifice in the process. The story concerns a modern, self-assured and successful young couple who take personal risks, making promises of love and good behaviour to each other. The game of their life is full of exciting challenges and opportunities but, as in all games, there are rules which, when broken, ensure there are no clear-cut winners or losers.