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    Amelia Fang and the Naughty Caticorns (due 20 February 2020) by: Laura Ellen Anderson £6.99 £6.00

    A brand new title in the bestselling gorgeously gothic and wickedly funny Amelia Fang series – perfect for readers of 7+ MEET AMELIA FANG A little vampire with a big heart. Amelia Fang’s mum has a baby vampire on the way! But with the Fang household completely focussed on the new arrival, no one is paying Amelia any attention. Until she is asked to look after three very mischievous caticorns who make it their business to get Amelia in a world of trouble. Now EVERYONE is watching. And not in a good way! Sink your fangs into Amelia’s other howlingly hilarious adventures: Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures Amelia Fang is perfect for readers of 7+ and fans of Witch Wars, The Worst Witch and Isadora Moon When she’s not trying to take over the world or fighting sock-stealing monsters, Laura Ellen Anderson is a professional children’s book author & illustrator, with an increasing addiction to coffee. She spends every waking hour creating and drawing, and would quite like to live on the moon when humans finally make it possible. Laura is the creator of EVIL EMPEROR PENGUIN and illustrator of WITCH WARS, as well as many other children’s books. AMELIA FANG is her first series as author-illustrator.

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    Blue Moon: (Jack Reacher 24) (due In paperback 2 April 2020) by: Lee Child £8.99 £8.00

    Reacher returns in another pulsating lone wolf thriller about dirty money and even dirtier secrets. An elderly couple in peril set our redoubtable hero on a collision course with a rogues’ gallery of hoodlums and heavies, and, this time, Reacher may well have met his match.
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    ‘Lee Child just gets better and better, which is a very rare quality in a writer of a long-run series.’ – Peter James

    Hard on the heels of the superlative Past Tense, Jack Reacher returns for his 24th adventure, and the odds are as tough as ever.

    Deep in the American heartland, Reacher comes to the aid of an elderly couple, aid which proves to be a trigger to his most dangerous adventure yet. This autumn, a Blue Moon is rising.

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    Children of Virtue and Vengeance (due 5 March 2020) by: Tomi Adeyemi £7.99 £7.00

    Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the breathtaking second title in Tomi Adeyemi’s YA fantasy trilogy, Legacy of Orisha, following her ground-breaking, West African-inspired debut Children of Blood and Bone.

    After battling the impossible, Zelie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orisha. But the ritual was more powerful than they imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji but also some nobles with magic ancestry.

    Now,Zelie struggles to unite the maji in an Orisha where the enemy is just as strong and magical as they are. When Amari’s mother forms an army of royals with newly awakened powers, Zelie fights to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

    But with civil war looming on the horizon, Zelie finds herself at a breaking point: she must find a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orisha tears itself apart.


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    Girl, Woman, Other (due 5 March 2020) by: Bernardine Evaristo £8.99 £8.00

    Joint Winner of the Booker Prize 2019

    Kaleidoscopic in theme and incandescent in tone, Evaristo’s panorama of modern black womanhood resounds with an astonishing diversity of voice and character as seen across a changing century. Tracking the lives and loves of a dozen British women through generations and social classes, Girl, Woman, Other weaves a distinctive, illuminating tapestry of modern British life.  ‘This is a story for our times,’ comments the New Statesman. ‘If you want to understand modern day Britain, this is the writer to read.’

    Teeming with life and crackling with energy – a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood.

    Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.

    Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.

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    Islands of Mercy (due 28 May 2020) by: Rose Tremain £18.99 £17.00

    In the city of Bath, in the year 1865, an extraordinary young woman renowned for her nursing skills is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her. But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor, her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imagined.

    Meanwhile, on the wild island of Borneo, an eccentric British ‘rajah’, Sir Ralph Savage, overflowing with philanthropy but compromised by his passions, sees his schemes relentlessly undermined by his own fragility, by man’s innate greed and by the invasive power of the forest itself Jane’s quest for an altered life and Sir Ralph’s endeavours become locked together as the story journeys across the globe – from the confines of an English tearoom to the rainforests of a tropical island via the slums of Dublin and the transgressive fancy-dress boutiques of Paris.

    Islands of Mercy is a novel that ignites the senses, and is a bold exploration of the human urge to seek places of sanctuary in a pitiless world.


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    Reliance Motor Services – The Story of a Family-Owned Independent Bus Company (due 30 April 2020) by: David Wilder, Barrie Hedges, £30.00 £27.00

    Bus books don’t ‘come along too often’ on our pre-order list. But this one is special because one of its authors is our very own Barrie Hedges who does our marketing … and our garden! Barrie wrote this book with his school days friend David Wilder who knows a thing or two about buses. Together they have created a book that is not just about buses or about one family (Barrie’s) but about the era when buses were the lifeblood of rural villages. We are delighted to offer it as a pre-order ahead of publication due on 30 April 2020.


    Between the two world wars and in the years that followed, several generations relied on country buses. In the days when few could afford a car, the bus was the medium to move between homes in often remote villages and the places where they increasingly went to school, worked and enjoyed their leisure hours.

    This is the story of one such chain of villages across the Berkshire Downs and the family-owned business that grew up around satisfying their needs. George Hedges came back from World War I to become a horse-drawn carrier, but with ambitions to motorise his business. With his family taking the wheel in the 50s and beyond, Reliance extended its reach nationwide and even internationally.

    The small village where it all started, Brightwalton, woke in the mornings to the cough of diesel engines from both Reliance buses and a relative’s lorries. When both businesses departed, the village lost many of its jobs, its two pubs and very nearly its school. This book is not just for bus lovers but for anyone who looks back with fondness on the era before the motor car choked free movement and changed life.


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    Spring – Seasonal (due 28 March 2020) by: Ali Smith £8.99 £8.00

    From the bestselling author of Autumn and Winter, as well as the Baileys Prize-winning How to be Both, comes the next installment in the remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet

    What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times?

    Spring. The great connective.

    With an eye to the migrancy of story over time, and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare’s most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tells the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown Smith opens the door.

    The time we’re living in is changing nature. Will it change the nature of story? Hope springs eternal.


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    The Dirty South (due 16 April 2020) by: John Connolly £20.00 £18.00

    It is 1997, and someone is slaughtering young black women in Burdon County, Arkansas.

    But no one wants to admit it, not in the Dirty South.

    In an Arkansas jail cell sits a former NYPD detective, stricken by grief. He is mourning the death of his wife and child, and searching in vain for their killer. He cares only for his own lost family.

    But that is about to change . . .

    Witness the becoming of Charlie Parker.

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    The Mirror and the Light (due 5 Mar 2020) by: Hilary Mantel £25.00 £20.00

    Widely regarded as two of the greatest works of historical fiction, Hilary Mantel’s peerless, Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies have dazzlingly charted the rising arc of mercurial Tudor plotter, politician and power broker Thomas Cromwell. Now, in The Mirror & the Light she brings her trilogy to its final, thrilling conclusion.

    From a bloodied and tormented child on the rough-and-ready streets of Putney, to the service of the country’s most rich and powerful, Thomas Cromwell has ascended to the highest echelons of Henry VIII’s tumultuous court. He has survived the fall of Cardinal Wolsey and inveigled his way into the King’s confidence, overseen the overthrow of two queens and taken revenge on those who betrayed his former master.

    Now all of England lies at his feet, ripe for innovation and religious reform. But as fortune’s wheel turns, Cromwell’s enemies are gathering in the shadows and the question remains: how long can anyone survive under Henry’s cruel and capricious gaze?

    Eagerly awaited and eight years in the making, The Mirror & the Lightcompletes Cromwell’s journey from self-made man to one of the most feared and influential figures of his time. Told with immediacy and pace, Mantel’s novels immerse readers in her Tudor world; rich with the sights, smells and textures of 16th century England. No other novelist is so successful in conjuring the intrigue, in-fighting and complex machinations of the machine of courtly politics. In her hands these novels form an unrivalled picture of royalty and common experience, duty and desire, conflict and loyalty. But the crowning glory of the trilogy is Cromwell himself, portrayed with passion, pathos and energy as politician, fixer, husband, father, subject and as a man who both defied and defined his age.

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    The Wild Silence (due 30 April 2020) by: Raynor Winn £14.99 £13.50

    Following the hugely successful Sunday Times Bestseller, Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize nominee and Costa shortlisted, The Salt Path, Raynor Winn returns with her second brilliant book.

    This time the narrative explores the difficulties surrounding the return to mainstream life after a period of homelessness.

    Recovering self-esteem and trust, in herself and in others, is harder than she expected. Raynor and her husband Moth continu to face his debilitating illness, until an incredible gesture by someone who read The Salt Path changes everything.

    This book is about readjusting to life after homelessness, but also about recovering trust and self-belief after a traumatic event – feelings that can translate to many episodes in the life of any of us.

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