The apocalypse is nigh, the antichrist has been born. His name is Adam, he has a dog called Dog, three best friends, and it’s a glorious summer to be a boy in Lower Tadfield. Meanwhile, an Angel and a Demon have agreed that whilst they know the apocalypse should probably happen at some point, they don’t think it should be quite yet.
Cheryl Strayed had hit rock bottom, and then had managed to find a crevice in that rocky bed to sink herself even further into the despair of grief and regret. With nowhere to go and no one to help she made the single most impulsive decision of her life – she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Alone.
How many times have you, either as a woman yourself or as someone talking to a person with double X chromosomes, heard phrases like ‘Oh I can’t do DIY, I’m not strong enough, or ‘I want to go for a run but it’s going to be dark soon’. The world we live in was designed by men, for men and as a result, is inherently biased against women. From power tools which are designed by default for the average male handspan to medication that was only ever tested on XY chromosome mice, and to urban planning which throws obstacles into the working woman’s life, this book exposes why ‘I’m sorry I’m just really bad at xyz’ should actually be ‘I’m sorry but this thing was not designed for someone like me.’
When you’re barely earning more than minimum wage in London, decent housing can be hard to come by. So when your options are between a mould infested mushroom farm and a nice little one bed that’s just within budget it’s a no brainer, isn’t it? There’s only one caveat, you have to share the flat, and the bed, with a complete stranger that you will never meet.
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. There is no way she could be anything else, with her perfect routine optimised for efficiency in accumulating the necessities, like milk, tinned spaghetti, and 2 litres of vodka, whilst avoiding time-consuming activities, like talking to humans. But her simple world is flipped on its head when a simple change to her routine ends with her saving the life of an elderly gentleman who had collapsed in the street. One act of kindness and two lives saved.
Eleanor is engaged to a gorgeous, successful, and normal man who is everything she could have ever wanted and has a lovely family to boot. She is set up for life with her own photography career on the verge of taking off. Everything is fine, everything will be fine. So long as no one ever finds out that she is a werewolf with a psycho ex-boyfriend to match.
Sabriel has spent the first 18 years of her life at a boarding school near the wall. Safely hidden away from the strange and terrible land to the north of the ancient battle line, still guarded by an Army. But Sabriel has a heritage that she cannot ignore. Her father is the Abhorsen, a necromancer fighting a one-man struggle against the rising forces of chaos in a broken land, and upon his death, a new Abhorsen must rise – or else the dead will.
Bianca has one chance to survive, and it’s a pitifully slim one at that. In a world where magic flows freely around the kingdoms, Bianca would be just another witch… if it wasn’t for her secrets. Cursed at birth to die on her 17th birthday, Bianca must enrol in Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, learn everything she can, and defeat the witch who cursed her.
Karrigan Galladion should be at college. Instead, she is on the road, determined to get home to her Father to explain exactly what happened before the Dean’s letter reaches him. But after she meets a dying king’s messenger, a Green Rider, her quest takes on an entirely new path.
Peter Grant, a lowly bobby in London’s Metropolitan Police, is guarding a murder scene, as per proper protocol, when he meets a witness. Unfortunately, the witness is dead, on account of him being a ghost, but that doesn’t stop the doggedly determined Peter from taking a statement. This brings Peter to the attention of DI Thomas Nightingale, the Police Force’s only wizard.
Juliana is on the run. As a medical scientist and government employee, her last job pushed the boundaries of ethical, even if it was all done for the greater good. With the inevitable collapse of her department, Juliana made a run for it before she became nothing more than collateral damage in the name of plausible deniability. But now they want her back.
No turning back is a masterpiece of a work by journalist Rania Abouzeid who spent six years collecting these impactful stories from Syrians on all sides of the war. In mid 2013 the UN abandoned trying to count Syrian casualties due to difficulties in verifying the information, estimates put the death toll at 500,000 and half of the population is displaced. This book is history in its purest form, and Rania’s dedication to capture these stories is awe inspiring.
Tradition dictates that the eighth son of an eighth son must be a wizard, everyone knows that. And so, the dying Wizard Drum Billet made the pilgrimage to the enigmatically named village of Bad Ass and passed on his staff, just as tradition dictated. Except this time tradition didn’t want to be followed. This time the bearer of the staff was a baby girl.
Sophronia Temminick is the kind of wild, willful, tomboyish daughter that is simply not acceptable in polite society. Fortunately for Sophronia’s mother, there’s a highly esteemed finishing school willing to take her on, although Sophronia soon learns that the elite school doesn’t actually offer the same kind of ‘finishing’ that Mrs Temminick was hoping for.
In the upmarket retirement village of Coopers Chase, Joyce was quietly enjoying her shepherds pie when Elizabeth dropped by her table to ask about murder. And so began Joyce’s initiation into the Thursday Murder Club, an exclusive society operating out of the Jigsaw Room, and led by the indomitable Elizabeth, where four septuagenarians discuss murders for fun.