• Fiction

A Tiny Bit Marvellous


Author: Dawn French
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141046341
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 645
Everyone hates the perfect family. So you'll love the Battles. Meet Mo Battle, about to turn 50 and mum to two hormonal teenagers. There's 17-year-old daughter Dora who blames Mo for, like, EVERYTHING and Peter who believes he's quite simply as marvellous as his hero Oscar Wilde. Somewhere, keeping quiet, is Dad, who's just, well . . . Dad. However, Mo is having a crisis. She's about to do something unusually wild and selfish, which will leave the entire family teetering on the edge of a precipice. Will the family fall? Or will they, when it really matters, be there for each other? 'Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant.' Wendy Holden 'A fantastic slam-dunk page-turner. Funny, enriching . . . page after page I laughed out loud.' Mail on Sunday 'Beautifully observed. Makes you laugh on every page.' The Times 'A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life.' Woman & Home

    • Fiction

A Tiny Bit Marvellous


Author: Dawn French
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141948019
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
View: 6186
A Tiny Bit Marvellous is comedian Dawn French's hilarious pageturner. Everyone hates the perfect family. So you'll love the Battles. Meet Mo Battle, about to turn 50 and mum to two helpless, hormonal teenagers. There's 17-year-old daughter Dora who blames Mo for, like, EVERYTHING and Peter who believes he's quite simply as darling and marvellous as his hero Oscar Wilde. Somewhere, keeping quiet, is Dad . . . who's just, well... Dad. However, Mo is having a crisis. She's about to do something unusually wild and selfish, which will leave the entire family teetering on the edge of a precipice. Will the family fall? Or will they, when it really matters, be there for each other? A Tiny Bit Marvellous is the number one bestselling novel from one of Britain's favourite comic writers. Praise for A Tiny Bit Marvellous: 'Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant' Wendy Holden 'A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. Funny, enriching . . . page after page I laughed out loud' Mail on Sunday 'Beautifully observed. Makes you laugh on every page' The Times 'A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life' Woman and Home

According to Yes


Author: Dawn French
Publisher: Michael Joseph
ISBN: 9781405921558
Category:
Page: 384
View: 6812
The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family, who live beautifully-displayed, impeccably-edited lives. Thomas Wilder-Bingham is a partner in a prestigious law firm. At least - that's who he is to Glenn, his icy, domineering wife. At least - that's who Glenn is to Kemble, her weak and dissolute son. At least - that's who Kemble is to Natalie, the unhappy mother of his three children. At least - that's who Natalie is to Teddy, her protective teenage son. So when an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old school teacher from England bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises she hasn't read the rule book. And for the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive . . . Dawn French is a wonderful writer - witty, wise and poignant.' Daily Mail 'Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on.' Guardian 'Side-splitting, darkly humorous.' Heat

    • Fiction

Oh Dear Silvia

A Novel
Author: Dawn French
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062271822
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 8312
Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French, the celebrated English actress, bestselling author, and comedian, is the clever, touching, and compelling story of one mysterious woman trapped in a coma after a fall from a balcony. Now, lying unconscious in a hospital bed, Silvia is plagued by a stream of often funny and sometimes poignant visits from friends and family, each of whom knows a different piece of the puzzle that is Silvia Shute. And, as she lies there listening to all of her visitors, the dark and terrible secret she’s been hiding for years emerges. Dawn French's Oh Dear Silvia is an emotionally resonant and riveting tale of secrets, forgiveness, remorse, guilt, and love.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Me. You. A Diary


Author: Dawn French
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 1405931175
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
View: 2693
'This book is inspired!!!' Nadiya Hussain '[It's] beautiful, like Dawn, and stuffed full of goodies' Jo Brand This is Dawn French's fabulous new non-fiction book for 2017, and it's totally interactive: take a lovely ramble through the year together with Dawn. Think of it as Dawn's diary, personalized by you . . . perfection. I can't count the amount of diaries I have crammed full with entries in January, that then fizzle out as the other months pile in. One of my teenage diaries has fulsome fizzing reports of every single conversation, thought and feeling about every friend, every crush, every meal, every argument until mid-March, when the entry on the 18th simply reads, 'Washed hair.' Thank god, this isn't that. This book is a way for us to tell the story of a year together. Feel free to write your appointments in it, lists, thoughts and reminders of, say, who to kill, and when, and in what order. But I've also written about age and life as I see it, through the seasons and the months, and I've added some places for you to join me in some fun and some thinking. By the end of the year, I am hoping you will have a fatter, scruffier book that is written by me but totally personalized by you. Come on in. The paper is lovely . . . AND . . . importantly, Me. You: A Diary comes with a practical elastic strap to keep all of your papers safe, with a pocket in the back for storing those special momentoes. 'Wreck This Journal meets Dawn French's ruminations on the seasons, ageing and more - this is a companion piece to help you through life itself. A very good idea' Stylist

    • Biography & Autobiography

You. Me. A Diary

A Collection of your Hilarious and Heartwarming Stories for Dawn at 60
Author: Dawn French
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 1405935669
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 160
View: 5099
Dawn French is turning sixty this autumn (we couldn't believe it either!). To help her fly over this milestone birthday, Dawn asked her fans what advice they had for her at this ripe old age. Tons of entries were whittled down to Dawn's favourites and collected in this ebook - have a read and see if you are in there! The hilarious, touching and sometimes outlandish stories and pieces of advice from her readers are prefaced with an exclusive letter from the lady herself. You. Me: A Diary is published to celebrate both Dawn's sixtieth birthday and the publication of her new book, Me. You: A Diary, out on 5th October 2017. Happy birthday, Dawn!

Oh Dear Silvia

Penguin Picks
Author: Dawn French
Publisher: Michael Joseph
ISBN: 9781405933674
Category:
Page: 432
View: 7781
Everyone knows the real Silvia, don't they? Silvia Shute lies in hospital in a coma. Family and friends gather at her bedside, each thinking they know the real Silvia. But do they? For Silvia hides a secret. One she can never tell. And as her visitors congregate so the truth about Silvia is slowly revealed. Again, and again, and again . . .

    • Auditions

A Tiny Bit Lucky


Author: Liz Pichon
Publisher: Scholastic Canada
ISBN: 1443146277
Category: Auditions
Page: 272
View: 1363
What luck - more Tom Gates! Tom's dad wants to make a kite so they can go out together and get some fresh air. This would be okay with Tom if he had a dog, but that's just not going to happen. Tom's grumpy sister Delia is allergic to dogs! Tom has other things on his mind. The Rock Weekly Band Battle Audition is coming up, and Tom, Derek and Norman need some SERIOUS band practice. But Tom's not panicking because they have loads of time . . . time that passes quickly . . . time that runs out! Will Tom and his friends pull it together in time for the audition?

    • Fiction

Comfort and Joy

A Novel
Author: India Knight
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101552719
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
View: 3517
If Bridget Jones had two ex-husbands, three children, and invited her entire extended family over for Christmas... It's December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pick up "a few last- minute bits and bobs." Despite the frenzy, the twice-divorced mother of three loves Christmas and always wants to make it perfect. A challenge even in the best of times, but particularly when "family" means an extended network of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on, totaling sixteen. Is the madness of Christmas really worth it? Clara is a witty, blackly funny everywoman who will win over anyone who has ever longed to shut out the holidays with "a giant martini . . . and some olives."

    • Crown jewels

Kohinoor

The Story of the WorldÕs Most Infamous Diamond
Author: William Dalrymple,Anita Anand
Publisher: Juggernaut Books
ISBN: 9386228084
Category: Crown jewels
Page: 239
View: 7044
This riveting tale of the Kohinoor, the worldÕs most coveted gem, unearths fascinating new information as it moves from the Mughal court to Persia to Afghanistan; from Maharaja Ranjit Singh's durbar in Punjab to the Queen of England's Crown. A thrilling tale, full of violence, drama and intrigue.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Dear Sylvia


Author: Alan Cumyn
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
ISBN: 1554984610
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 184
View: 9590
Winner of the OLA's Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award Sylvia Tull -- the girl whose very glance turns Owen's face into a burning tomato -- has moved away from the small village where Owen lives with his parents and two brothers. But he still has the birthday gift she gave him -- a stationery set, complete with stamped envelopes -- because she wants him to keep sending her stories. So Owen nervously begins to write Sylvia about all the things that are going on in his life. How his little brother, Leonard, got his head stuck in the bannister. The disastrous camping trip with his irritating girl cousins. How his new baby cousin will only stop screaming if Owen carries her. And he tells her about the most bewildering drama to hit the Skye household yet, when the boys' father quits his insurance job to write a novel, and all the Skyes have to cope with the consequences. Alan Cumyn has written an irresistible epistolary novel. Owen is a true writer in his head -- but getting the right words onto the page is another story. Young readers will easily identify as he wrestles with his spelling, with his writer's insecurity, and with his deep desire to tell Sylvia the truth about what is going on in his life, and in his heart.

    • Fiction

The Summer Book


Author: Tove Jansson
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590176820
Category: Fiction
Page: 184
View: 2922
In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. “On an island,” thinks the grandmother, “everything is complete.” In The Summer Book, Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows of life. Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll comic strip and books brought her international acclaim, lived for much of her life on an island like the one described in The Summer Book, and the work can be enjoyed as her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Sharp North


Author: Patrick Cave
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416912223
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 528
View: 6590
In a futuristic world, Great Families rule Britain through a caste system where reproduction is seriously restricted, while the families keep illegal clones or "spares" of themselves.

    • Juvenile Fiction

George's Marvelous Medicine


Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425290107
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 112
View: 1645
This collectable hardcover edition will feature a beautiful cover and deluxe packaging, including color interior text and illustrations! From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda comes the story of a not-so-lovely grandma, a boy, and a magical medicine. George is alone in the house with Grandma. The most horrid, grizzly old grunion of a grandma ever. She needs something stronger than her usual medicine to cure her chronic grouchiness. A special grandma medicine, a remedy for everything. And George knows just what to put into it. Grandma's in for the surprise of her life-and so is George, when he sees the results of his mixture!

    • Biography & Autobiography

Livin' the Dreem

A Year in My Life
Author: Harry Hill
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571271251
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 480
View: 1846
Harry Hill's unexpurgated diary of his year promises to do for the celebrity memoir what the Hadron Collider has done for particle acceleration. Think Samuel Pepys meets Katie Price. This frank and sometimes controversial diary details one hectic year in the eye of the showbiz storm, cut with a heavy mix of the day-to-day goings-on in Bexhill, where Harry lives at home with his mother and occasional Filipino fiance, Lay Dee. Follow the near fatal goings-on during Harry's filming of Britain's Most Dangerous Roads, his attempts to become a judge on X Factor and his struggle to meet the Welsh chanteuse Duffy at Warwick Avenue. Read of his dog's ongoing battle with the bottle, and how he is sacked from the sniffer staff at Gatwick Airport due to sexual harassment. Learn how Harry's Nan gets on in her holiday home in Iraq, her affair with the milkman and her subsequent struggle to have fun whilst living on a curfew.

    • Fiction

Tango Midnight


Author: Michael Cassutt
Publisher: Forge Books
ISBN: 1429971738
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 3635
It's 2005, and the world has changed. International terrorists have released a genetically modified disease, called X-Pox, on the world. There is no greater challenge to medicine than finding a cure. Biochem billionaire Tad Mikleszewski (called TM by nearly everyone) is a "space junkie" who has been the primary investor backing the Spacelifter project, a private attempt to build a single-stage to orbit vehicle. But Spacelifter's crucial test firing has failed, and TM is going to pull the plug. He has a better idea for getting himself into space....he'll buy research time on the International Space Station, to work on a cure for X-Pox. The Russians will sell him a seat on the Soyuz taxi vehicle for a mere $30 million. But the equipment in the Harmony Laboratory module was salvaged from old Russian military labs, and perhaps TM's skills are a little bit out of date. A tiny leak - a small hole in the seal of the isolation box where TM is manipulating the X-Pox pathogen, and Harmony is contaminated by the disease that kills within three weeks. Now it's a race against time, to rescue the crew and decontaminate the Space Station. NASA has a shuttle a month from launch, and if Astronaut Kelly Gessner can be retrained in decontamination procedures they can push that up two weeks. The Russians have a third Soyuz due off the assembly line, but Astronaut Mark Koskinen, NASA's chief of staff at Star City doesn't think they'll make it in time. But whether Russian or American, someone is going to have to get up there, and fast. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Great Big Knits

Over Twenty Designer Patterns
Author: Dawn French
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 112
View: 4482

    • Feminism

How to be a Woman


Author: Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0091940737
Category: Feminism
Page: 313
View: 9057
1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. NOW - Caitlin Moran calls Katie Price 'a mimsy Quisling f**k' and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few, nagging questions do remaina Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina? Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby? Part-memoir, part-rant, How To Be A Woman follows Caitlin Moran from her terrible 13th birthday ("I am thirteen stone, I have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me.") through adolescence, the workplace, strip-clubs, love, fat, abortion, TopShop, motherhood and beyond. After 100,000 years of the patriarchy, the world may never be the same again!

    • Fiction

A Year of Marvellous Ways

The Richard and Judy Bestseller
Author: Sarah Winman
Publisher: Tinder Press
ISBN: 0755390946
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 9037
*A Richard & Judy Bookclub Pick Spring 2016* A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS is the unforgettable and completely captivating new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT and a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Marvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she's taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She's waiting for something - she's not sure what, but she'll know it when she sees it. Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man's last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous' creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid. A Year of Marvellous Ways is a glorious, life-affirming story about the magic in everyday life and the pull of the sea, the healing powers of storytelling and sloe gin, love and death and how we carry on when grief comes snapping at our heels.

    • Juvenile Fiction

George's Marvelous Medicine


Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: N.A
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 88
View: 3934
Originally published: [New York]: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982.