The Bestseller Code

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The Bestseller Code

The Bestseller Code

  • Author : Jodie Archer,Matthew L. Jockers
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  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Publisher : St. Martin\'s Press
  • Pages : 320
  • Release Date : 2016-09-20

"When a story captures the imagination of millions, that's magic. Can you qualify magic? Archer and Jockers just may have done so."—Sylvia Day, New York Times bestselling author Ask most people about massive success in the world of fiction, and you’ll typically hear that it’s a game of hazy crystal balls. The sales figures of E. L. James or Dan Brown seem to be freakish—random occurrences in an unknowable market. But what if there were an algorithm that could reveal a secret DNA of bestsellers, regardless of their genre? What if it knew, just from analyzing the words alone, not just why genre writers like John Grisham and Danielle Steel belong on the lists, but also that authors such as Junot Diaz, Jodi Picoult, and Donna Tartt had telltale signs of success all over their pages? Thanks to Jodie Archer and Matthew Jockers, the algorithm exists, the code has been cracked, and the results bring fresh new insights into how fiction works and why we read. The Bestseller Code offers a new theory for why Fifty Shades of Grey sold so well. It sheds light on the current craze for dark heroines. It reveals which themes tend to sell best. And all with fascinating supporting data taken from a five-year study of twenty thousand novels. Then there is the hunt for "the one"—the paradigmatic example of bestselling writing according to a computer's analysis of thousands of points of data. The result is surprising, a bit ironic, and delightfully unorthodox. This book explains groundbreaking text-mining research in accessible terms and offers a new perspective on the New York Times bestseller list. It's a big-idea book about the relationship between creativity and technology that will be provocative to anyone interested in how analytics have already transformed the worlds of finance, medicine, and sports. But at heart it is a celebration of books for readers and writers—a compelling investigation into how successful writing works, and a fresh take on our intellectual and emotional response to stories.

From a New York Times–bestselling author, comes this “highly entertaining tale [with] considerable humor and some cynical fun at the expense of the book business” (Publishers Weekly). At Davis & Dash, one of New York’s most prestigious publishing houses, five new authors will be published—but only one of them will be a bestseller. They have worked long and hard to write their novels of romance and murder, drama and love, but the story behind the stories is even more exciting. And the vicious competition to get the right agent, the perfect editor, and the choice spot on the bestseller list must be seen to be believed. From the author of The First Wives Club, this “dishy” novel set in New York’s book publishing industry (Glamour) is a fun behind-the-scenes romp with “lots of romance and revenge” (The Washington Post Book World). “Extremely satisfying.” —The New York Times Book Review

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Every author wants to become a bestseller one day. Over 1 Lac books are published in India every year! Only a few become a bestseller. Have you ever wondered how it is to live a life of a bestselling author? Come, read a heart warming tale of love, life and dreams. It’s Priyanshi’s story and her dream to become a bestseller.

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Yes, the Bible is the world’s all-time best-seller. It has been translated into most of the world’s languages. Yet, unlike most other best-sellers, it often gathers dust on the shelf! Research by the Scripture Union at the end of the twentieth century showed that fewer Christians read the bible regularly than at any point during that century, and a large proportion of 15’s - 25’s hardly read it at all! These days we can’t say it’s too hard to read, because there are excellent modern versions available. It probably has more to do with the fact that the Bible isn’t just one book - it’s a library! There’s history, law, poetry, biography, romance and adventure. But where do you start? Where do you look? You need to have a ‘balanced diet’ in what you read. There is danger in only learning a few ‘favourite’ verses or sticking to ‘easy’ books. We need the wider picture, or we will get things out of context. This booklet is designed to help by giving an overview of the Bible with a brief summary and outline of each of its 66 books.

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Upon spending a passion-filled night with a stranger she met in Munich during the Oktoberfest, Sabrina Bauch, a German nurse working at the US Army Hospital, unexpectedly meets the man she is unable to forget. Army Captain Justin Hollander is just as happy to see her again and after a brief courtship he proposes marriage which Sabrina happily accepts. A month before their scheduled wedding, Sabrinas long-time friend and roommate, Uschi Braun is brutally raped and murdered in their apartment. When Justin is cleared to move on to his new assignment in Arizona, Sabrina joins him and once again becomes a nurse at a local hospital. She accidentally meet one of Justins subordinates, Lieutenant Fuller, who begin to stalk her and--Sabrina feels--threaten her. When an assaulted woman is brought in while she is on duty at the hospital, Sabrina realizes right away that the method of the rape and torture of the woman is the same as that which was used on her friend, Uschi. She consults with a local police detective, but withholds some information that she knows about bloody clothes she saw her husband washing in their house. To Sabrinas surprise, Justin unexpectedly retires from the Army; and they move to California, where Justin encourages Sabrina to follow up on her dream to become a writer. After a few years of struggle and non-recognition, Sabrina eventually gets a break and becomes a very popular bestselling author. Her suspicions about Justin begin to grow when during her research for her suspense novel, she discovers four murders that are in all ways identical to Uschis murder. Sabrina loses her trust in her husband upon discovering the he lied and was unfaithful to her on more than one occasion. A new neighbor, Sean ODonohue, introduces himself to Sabrina as a fellow writer and private investigator, but Sabrina soon finds out that Sean was not what he claims to be. The situation becomes more complicated for Sabrina as she finds herself falling in love with Sean. He forewarns Sabrina that dark forces are waiting to hurt her--a warning that Sabrina knows that she cannot ignore. She must make the right decision: whom can she trust and believe in even as she faces imminent danger.

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From No.1 bestselling author Toni Maguire comes a new true story of abuse and survival. 'Small children have no say in the direction their lives take. Even before they have learnt to walk and talk, they are trained to obey' Daisy was only four when her parents told her and her older brother that they were moving halfway across the world to Australia for a better life. Leaving everything behind, including her beloved grandparents, she stepped into an unfamiliar world. Daisy's close and unbreakable bond with her disabled brother helped her navigate her new life, until tragedy repeatedly struck the family. After her parents' split and she was introduced to her new stepfather, nothing could have prepared her for what followed. All alone in 300 acres of wilderness, Daisy's only wish was to return home to her grandparents and their love. This is her true story of fear, abuse and, finally, escape.

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A companion to the comprehensive guide that’s helped thousands of authors find self-publishing clarity. The world of self-publishing can be daunting at best; completely overwhelming at worst. From navigating those early days of writing and editing your manuscript, to finding the most effective marketing strategies, there’s nothing simple about putting your book out into the world. And you don’t just want to put your book out—you want it to flourish. On your own, that may feel like a stressful guessing game, but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to. Wherever you are in the process, self-publishing veteran Tim McConnehey and his team of experts at Izzard Ink are here to help. Following along with McConnehey’s critically acclaimed guide, 10 Secrets to a Bestseller: An Author’s Guide to Self-Publishing, this workbook will help you take those crucial next steps toward success, walking you through the major tasks of self-publishing as you fill out detailed worksheets like “Do Your Research,” “Assemble Your Team,” and “Going to Retail.” You’ll end up with a personalized roadmap to your own project, and helpful strategies that you can revisit time and again throughout your publishing journey. No matter what your publishing goals are, the 10 Secrets to a Bestseller Workbook will help you figure out where you are now and where you want to go next.

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Writing romance and commercial fiction means knowing the rules, and this book will help you learn them and get there. If you're wondering where to start, what to do, what not to do, how to find your author brand... this book has it all and more. Just take it from the 12 bestselling authors who wrote it! Experiencing all the ups and downs of the publishing industry isn't easy, so Writing the Bestseller II will help you not only handle the work involved, but handle it well. Learning from authors who have been in your shoes, who understand the market and genre, willingly share their tips, wisdom, and encouragement so you can also succeed. What are you waiting for? Get started on your writing career today!

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THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER -- a warm engrossing tale of friendship and new beginnings ... 'Like chatting with a good friend over a cup of tea' Irish Mail on Sunday May O'Callaghan has decided that life's too short and she's decided to throw in the towel in her predictable nine-to-five job. Now what? As May fits into her new life we meet her friend Pam and her husband Jack - but why is Pam terrified to tell Jack that she's pregnant? And then there's Denis and Bernard, May's next-door neighbours, going about their business oblivious to the deadly threat that lurks close by. There's Paddy, who lives on his own yet never seems to be at home. And Paul, three doors up, willing to risk everything for an affair with Carmel, the young teacher who has yet to learn that there's a price to pay for having something that shouldn't be yours. But what May can't figure out is who gave her the beautiful shell necklace and was it really meant for her? On this one particular week, all is about to change for the inhabitants of Kilpatrick and May discovers that while only love can break your heart, only love can put it back together. The Anniversary, Roisin Meaney's sparkling new novel, is now available for pre-order

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The groundbreaking New York Times bestseller that will transform your health—with 300 whole-food, plant-based recipes to help you lose weight, prevent disease, and thrive The secret is out: If you want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, avoid cancer, and prevent (or even reverse) type 2 diabetes and heart disease, the right food is your best medicine—and the Forks Over Knives way is your solution. Forks Over Knives—the book, the film, and the movement—is the international phenomenon that first emphasized the benefits of plant-based eating, and thousands of people have cut out meat, dairy, and oils from their diet and seen amazing results. If you’re one of them, or you’d like to be, you need this cookbook. Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook proves that the Forks Over Knives philosophy is not about what you can’t eat, but what you can. Chef Del Sroufe, the man behind some of the mouthwatering meals in the landmark documentary, and his collaborators transform wholesome fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes into hundreds of recipes—classic and unexpected, globally and seasonally inspired, and for every meal of the day, all through the year: Breakfast: Very Berry Smoothie, Breakfast Quinoa with Apple Compote Salads, Soups and Stews: Kale Salad with Maple-Mustard Dressing, Lotsa Vegetable Chowder, Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Stew Pasta and Noodle Dishes: Mushroom Stroganoff, Stir-Fried Noodles with Spring Vegetables Stir-Fried, Grilled and Hashed Vegetables: Grilled Eggplant “Steaks” Baked and Stuffed Vegetables: Millet-Stuffed Chard Rolls The Amazing Bean: White Beans and Escarole with Parsnips Great Grains: Polenta Pizza with Tomatoes and Basil Desserts: Apricot Fig Squares, Bursting with Berries Cobbler . . . and much more! Simple, affordable, and delicious, the recipes in Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook put the power of real, healthy food in your hands. Join the Forks Over Knives movement and start cooking the plant-based way today—it could save your life!

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The British phenomenon and Sunday Times bestseller that has recieved rave reviews around the world. 'If you've had a hole in your literary life since finishing Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this is the book to fill it' Grazia 'Utterly gripping' Daily Mail 'A killer twist' Woman & Home 'I loved every page' Clare Mackintosh It starts with a lie. The kind we've all told - to a former acquaintance we can't quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily married lawyer with the kids and the lovely home. And the next thing you know, you're having dinner at their house, and accepting an invitation to join them on holiday - swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of... Which turns out to be less than perfect. But by the time you're trapped and sweating in the relentless Greek sun, burning to escape the tension all around you - by the time you start to realise that, however painful the truth might be, it's the lies that cause the real damage... ... well, by then, it could just be too late. Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year

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Áróra returns to Iceland when her estranged sister goes missing, and her search leads to places she could never have imagined. A chilling, tense standalone thriller from one of Iceland's bestselling authors... _________________ Icelandic sisters Áróra and Ísafold live in different countries and aren't on speaking terms, but when their mother loses contact with Ísafold, Áróra reluctantly returns to Iceland to find her sister. But she soon realizes that her sister isn't avoiding her ... she has disappeared, without trace. As she confonts Ísafold's abusive, drug-dealing boyfriend Björn, and begins to probe her sister's reclusive neighbors – who have their own reasons for staying out of sight – leads Áróra into an ever darker web of intrigue and manipulation. Baffled by the conflicting details of her sister's life, and blinded by the shiveringly bright midnight sun of the Icelandic summer, Áróra enlists the help of police officer Daníel, as she tries to track her sister's movements, and begins to tail Björn– but she isn't the only one watching... Slick, tense, atmospheric and superbly plotted, Cold as Hell marks the start of a riveting, addictive new series from one of Iceland's bestselling crime writers.

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ENJOY THIS WARM HUG OF A READ FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND BELOVED NATIONAL TREASURE MEL GIEDROYC 'I enjoyed it HUGELY. A real treat' MARIAN KEYES 'A brilliant cast of characters and properly funny!' GRAHAM NORTON 'Funny and fresh. No soggy bottoms here' CLARE MACKINTOSH __________ Sally Parker is struggling to find the hero inside herself. All she wants to do is lie down. Her husband Frank has lost his business, their home and their savings, in one fell swoop. Their bank cards are being declined. The children are running wild. And now the bailiffs are at the door. What does an ordinary woman do when the bottom falls out? Sally Parker is about to surprise everybody. Most of all herself. __________ SHORTLISTED FOR THE COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZE 2021 'A warm contemporary fable bursting with colourful characters and comic energy' DAILY MAIL 'Exactly like Mel herself: engaging, uproarious and gleeful. A stonking good read' JO BRAND 'This book is a riot! Delicious in its detail' SOPHIE KINSELLA 'A warm, honest and humorous look at a family and what really matters in life. Brimming with hilarious scenes, it is also a redemptive book, and one of hope' WOMAN & HOME 'Wonderfully warm and uplifting, full of unforgettable characters and so much heart' RICHARD ROPER REAL READERS ADORE THE BEST THINGS... 'This book is everything I would have expected from the wonderful Mel Giedroyc. Funny and touching*****' 'A well written, warm hug of a read. Something much needed in these days of doom and gloom' 'I could hear Mel reading this book! Terrific characters. Very entertaining *****' 'A lovely, warm cuddle of a book' 'One of the best things I've read this year. Please read it *****' 'I felt like Mel was reading this into my ear. I was left with the warm fuzzys at the end****' 'Would make a brilliant film or sitcom. The Parker family are a chaotic, loveable bunch' 'I zipped through it with many an accompanying titter, the occasional chortle and the odd unladylike snort. A nice piece of escapism, so needed at this time ****' 'Warm, interesting, clever and funny, as well as poignant at times. A brave heroine, a cast of strong characters and a page-turner of a story *****' 'Glorious storytelling, this is a rich comedic feast of domesticity. Excellent characters. Kept me gripped throughout. *****'

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What do you do when your dream home becomes your worst nightmare? . . . THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 5 BESTSELLER 'Sensational storytelling' MY WEEKLY 'A riveting page-turner full of suspense and suspicion. Gripping! WOMAN'S WEEKLY _______ Welcome to Willow Close, where everyone is a suspect . . . Nina and Conrad best thought they'd discovered their dream home. But on the day they move in, a body is found - the victim attacked and killed in the woods. As police start to question the residents, they discover that they all have their own secrets. Behind each door, strange and even dark things are happening . . . Now everyone is a suspect. And no one is safe. _______ Praise for Lesley Pearse 'Storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail 'Evocative, compelling, told from the heart' Sunday Express 'Glorious, heartwarming' Woman & Home 'Intriguing, heart-tugging, beautifully written' Closer

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This is the story of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - the longest-serving consort to the longest-reigning sovereign in British history. It is an extraordinary story, told with unique insight and authority by an author who knew the prince for more than forty years. Philip - elusive, complex, controversial, challenging, often humorous, sometimes irascible - is the man Elizabeth II once described as her 'constant strength and guide'. Who was he? What was he really like? What is the truth about those 'gaffes' and the rumours of affairs? This is the final portrait of an unexpected and often much-misunderstood figure. It is also the portrait of a remarkable marriage that endured for more than seventy years. Philip and Elizabeth were both royal by birth, both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria, but, in temperament and upbringing, they were two very different people. The Queen's childhood was loving and secure, the Duke's was turbulent; his grandfather assassinated, his father arrested, his family exiled, his parents separated when he was only ten. Elizabeth and Philip met as cousins in the 1930s. They married in 1947, aged twenty-one and twenty-six. Philip: The Final Portrait tells the story of two contrasting lives, assesses the Duke of Edinburgh's character and achievement, and explores the nature of his relationships with his wife, his children and their families - and with the press and public and those at court who were suspicious of him in the early days. This is a powerful, revealing and, ultimately, moving account of a long life and a remarkable royal partnership.

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'I rejoice', said Doctor Johnson, 'to concur with the Common Reader.' For the last century, the tastes and preferences of the common reader have been reflected in the American and British bestseller lists, and this Very Short Introduction takes an engaging look through the lists to reveal what we have been reading - and why. John Sutherland shows that bestseller lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literature and are therefore worthy of serious study. Along the way, he lifts the lid on the bestseller industry, examines what makes a book into a bestseller, and asks what separates bestsellers from canonical fiction. Exploring the relationship between bestsellers and the fashions, ideologies, and cultural concerns of the day, the book includes short case-studies and lively summaries of bestsellers through the years: from In His Steps - now almost totally forgotten, but the biggest all-time bestseller between 1895 and 1945, to Gone with the Wind and The Andromeda Strain, and The Da Vinci Code. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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This book looks at the bestselling titles since the early 20th century. The author considers how the popular circulation of these books reflected America’s consciousness and tastes at different junctures in the country's history.

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With expert tips from publishers, editors, authors, and content marketers, The Bestseller’s Toolkit is your go-to guide to manage and complete the 5 essential ‘Must Do’ items of producing your bestseller – Planning, Writing, Marketing, Author Profiling, and Pitching: · Plan and write your book – WHAT you want your message or story to be · Identify WHO your book is for – your ideal market (aka your Avatar) and publisher · Determine HOW your author profile is developed – your selling platform · Create the perfect pitch for your identified market or publisher ​ You’ll find 9 invaluable checklists and over 20+ external links to valuable resources: · KEYWORD identification · MANUSCRIPT assessment · AVATAR research · HOW TO PITCH tools · PUBLISHER cover letters and worksheets · And more… This simple toolkit has everything you’ll need to write, market, and sell your next bestseller.

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The bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses now explores the allure of adultery, the appeal of aphrodisiacs, and the cult of the kiss. Enchantingly written and stunningly informed, this "audaciously brilliant romp through the world of romantic love" (Washington Post Book World) is the next best thing to love itself.

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The legend of the Amazons is amazingly consistent across three continents, even though actual documentary proof seems elusive. In particular, the Athenians were most insistent about the historical reality of a nation of all-women warriors; their legends described a prehistoric conflict with the Amazons as one of their finest hours. Although later the Amazons became just another map-filling imaginary creature alongside Centaurs, Cyclops, and Giants, Greek legend gives many fine-grained details about the geography, history and anthropology of the Amazon nation.

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'A powerful story of family, hope, growth and second chances' Anna Mathur Happiness comes in all shapes and sizes. Jo said goodbye to peace and quiet when she got pregnant at 19, but now she has a chance to hit refresh. A partner she loves, five amazing kids and a house by the sea. Jo must find a way to make the most of her second chance at happiness. She's surrounded by mums who seem to have it all together, but when normal is not an option, surprises can lead to a different kind of happy.

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Discover the uplifting and heartwarming new novel from Giovanna Fletcher, the perfect gift this Mother's Day THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'This book is beautiful' ZOE BALL 'Lovely, very moving. Giovanna's books are very very relatable' LORRAINE KELLY In the darkness, we all need a little light . . . ________ After Mike loses Pia, his partner of seventeen years, their best friends Vicky and Zaza try to help pick up the pieces. But though Pia's gone, she left a plan. A list of loving instructions to help Mike and her friends come to terms with their loss. And they're each going to need it . . . Just-engaged Zaza fears committing any further. Exhausted mother and wife Vicky has lost sight of herself. While Mike just feels all the colour has gone from his life. When the list sends them trekking to Peru, where high mountains and sweltering rainforests push them to the brink, all they have to guide them is their faith in Pia and in themselves. But will they learn that anything is possible when you're walking on sunshine? 'Heartfelt, uplifitng. Her best yet' SUN Praise for Giovanna Fletcher: 'Tons of charm and genuine warmth' Star 'A heartbreakingly beautiful story about friendship and unrequited love. I was totally and utterly captivated' Paige Toon 'A gorgeous, gloriously romantic read with buckets of charm - I absolutely loved it!' Jill Mansell 'Warm and romantic, this charming read will certainly brighten up your day' Closer 'A gorgeously tender, funny and big-hearted novel with wonderful characters you'll fall in love with' Miranda Dickinson 'Wonderfully warm and cosy. The perfect comfort read to curl-up with and enjoy' Ali McNamara

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ONE MISSING BOY. Marissa Irvine arrives at 14 Tudor Grove, expecting to pick up her young son Milo from his first playdate with a boy at his new school. But the woman who answers the door isn't a mother she recognises. She isn't the nanny. She doesn't have Milo. And so begins every parent's worst nightmare. FOUR GUILTY WOMEN. As news of the disappearance filters through the quiet Dublin suburb and an unexpected suspect is named, whispers start to spread about the women most closely connected to the shocking event. Because only one of them may have taken Milo - but they could all be blamed . . . IN A COMMUNITY FULL OF SECRETS, WHO IS REALLY AT FAULT?

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From No.1 bestselling author Toni Maguire comes a new true story of shame, silence, abuse and survival. 'I have a very clear picture of the day Clive entered our lives. I can see him now as he walked into our living room, a tall man with a loud commanding voice, a wide smile and an armful of presents. It is a memory that still lives deep inside my head.' Ryan and Phil had always been inseparable. Twins born 35 minutes apart, Ryan was the protective one, constantly looking out for his younger brother. They can't remember how old they were when the abuse started, but they can remember their uncle very clearly. A frequent visitor to their home in Lincoln, he lavished their family with expensive treats. School holidays and weekends were spent visiting him, when he would often take the two little boys aside to play the games he liked. Trapped with him, day after day, year after year, the abuse continued until Ryan and Phil turned 16. After a showdown with Ryan when he was finally big enough, their uncle never approached them again. Nearly 20 years after the abuse ended, Ryan and his wife decided to foster troubled children, making their home a safe place filled with love for those in desperate need of it. Ryan and Phil suffered for years at the hands of their uncle, but throughout it all their bond held them together.

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THE INSTANT TOP 10 BESTSELLER Can YOU guess who killed Jamie Lawrence? Discover the brand new thriller EVERYBODY is talking about . . . 'Impossible to put down' HELEN FIELDING, international bestselling author of Bridget Jones's Diary 'I adored it' GILLIAN MCALLISTER, Sunday Times bestselling author of That Night 'Totally gripping . . . Nicole Kidman TV miniseries is written all over it' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'The final twist genuinely blindsided me' Reader Review 'Immensely entertaining' LOUISE CANDLISH, Sunday Times bestselling author of Our House 'A runaway train ride of a thriller' SUN 'Cracking . . . [Payday] rips along, full of tension and drama' DAILY MAIL 'A must read' JANE CORRY, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Husband's Wife 'Prepare to be wrong-footed at every turn' CAZ FREAR, Number One bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies 'Highly recommended, I cannot fault it' Reader Review ______________________ Late one night, three women share secrets. They barely know each other, but they all know Jamie Lawrence. They know what he's guilty of. And they agree something must be done. But as their plan spirals out of control, they begin to doubt themselves . . . and each other. Then Jamie is found dead. And suddenly everything is at stake. As lies are unravelled and truths exposed, two urgent questions emerge: Who is really guilty? And who will have to pay? ______________________ 'This year's most electrifying ride' CHANDLER BAKER, New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Network 'Sensational' TONY PARSONS, Number One bestselling author 'Ratchets up the tension until the final couldn't-see-it-coming twist' ELLERY LLOYD, author of People Like Her, a Richard & Judy bookclub pick 'I absolutely loved it. It's unputdownable, a great mystery and a fantastic read' BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD, international bestselling author 'An intelligent, thought-provoking story with some great twists' ALLIE REYNOLDS, author of Shiver 'Gripping from the start' Reader Review 'I inhaled it' JESSICA FELLOWES, international bestselling author of The Mitford Murders 'Crackles with energy and the plot whipped me along' EMMA CURTIS, bestselling author of One Little Mistake 'I could not put it down' Reader Review 'Really compelling . . . the characterisation is excellent' Reader Review 'A page turner that will provoke many a debate' C.J. COOPER, bestselling author of The Book Club

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*The Top 5 Bestseller* Bestseller Lucy Coleman is back in the Cotswolds for the wedding we’ve all been waiting for. If you loved Lucy Coleman's bestselling Christmas at Lock-Keeper's Cottage, don't miss this! Imogen Tolliman and Gray Adams can’t wait to get married after getting engaged the previous year, when they were stranded by snow in a blizzard. Now they are busy planning their wedding, but when the date slips six months because Gray is working on a huge film project, it seems like fate that after their snowy start, they will end up getting married at Christmas. The couple are living in Immi’s grandfather’s picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage at the Aysbury marina in the Cotswolds, which they are renovating to become their forever family home. As well as building work, full-time jobs and wedding planning, Immi is in charge of raising money to build a children’s playground, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Santa Ahoy Cruises – her grandfather Tollie’s life work. With Gray working abroad, Immi is left to cope with everything alone. When a terrible betrayal is uncovered, the whole community of Aysbury is left reeling and Immi is left wondering if there will be a wedding after all... Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to an unforgettable Cotswolds Christmas full of romance and laughter, friendship and family and much-loved festive traditions. Have you read the prequel? Don't miss Lucy Coleman's bestselling festive hit Christmas at Lock Keeper's Cottage! Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin and Sue Moorcroft. What authors and readers say about Lucy Coleman: 'A festive and heartfelt story of love and hope - beautifully told.' Sandy Barker ‘Wonderfully escapist, romantic and heart-warming, Lucy Coleman’s stories are the perfect tonic when life is a little grey.' Holly Martin ‘Plenty of twists and turns and past secrets to keep you turning the pages. Curl up with a hot chocolate and lose yourself in this festive feast.’ Amazon reviewer ‘A warm and emotional story that will really warm your heart.’ Amazon reviewer ‘I love Lucy Coleman's books. She always delivers such real characters, and her stories keep you turning the pages non-stop, but what I love best is the way she whisks you off into another world.’ Amazon reviewer

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Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood presents the first comprehensive overview of how this iconic novel became an international phenomenon that has managed to sustain the public's interest for seventy-five years. Various Mitchell biographies and several compilations of her letters tell part of the story, but, until now, no single source has revealed the full saga. This entertaining account of a literary and pop culture phenomenon tells how Mitchell's book was developed, marketed, distributed, and otherwise groomed for success in the 1930s—and the savvy measures taken since then by the author, her publisher, and her estate to ensure its longevity.

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'A lovely, uplifting, summery read. ' Bestselling author, Lisa Hobman 'A wonderful summer read. It had everything - romance, family, forgiveness and second chances. Highly recommended!' Bestselling author, Alison Sherlock Every end has a new beginning... When Pixie Sampson's husband tragically dies, she inherits the beautiful Château Quiltu in Brittany, Northern France. But unbeknown to her, she also inherits a mysterious lodger, Justine Martin and her 4-year-old son Ferdie. Heartbroken and with her adventurous Mum, Gwen in tow, they travel to France to put the Château on the market but are soon drawn into a quest to seek the Château's secrets. Who is Justine? Why is she living at the Château? How did she know her husband? Over the Summer months, the Château fills with family and laughter and secrets are discovered and old wounds begin to heal. Escape to the Château with top 10 international bestseller Jennifer Bohnet, for an uplifting story of family, love and second chances. What readers are saying about Summer at the Château: 'This book was a wonderful story full of likeable characters, grief, forgiveness, family, new beginnings, and second chances.' 'An uplifting and wise tale.' 'Emotional and realistic, a wonderful read.' 'A feel good read, dealing mainly with themes as forgiveness, family and second chances.' 'A very well written book, set in a beautiful and superbly described location.' 'I really do think each one of Jennifer’s books I read becomes my new favourite.' If you are looking for your next read to give you that escape from reality, lockdown and life with Covid, that I think we all need right now, this is one for you.'

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Candice Brathwaite's much-anticipated second book about all the things she wishes she'd been told when she was young and needed guidance. I Am Not Your Baby Mother was a landmark publication in 2020. A thought-provoking, urgent and inspirational guide to life as a Black British mum, it was an important call-to-arms allowing mothers to take control and scrap the parenting rulebook to do it their own way. It was a Sunday Times top five bestseller. Sista Sister goes further. It is a compilation of essays about all the things Candice wishes someone had talked to her about when she was a young Black girl growing up in London. From family and money to Black hair and fashion, as well as relationships between people of different races and colourism, this will be a fascinating read that will have another profound impact on conversations about Black Lives Matter. Written in Candice's trademark straight-talking, warm and funny style, it will delight her fans, old and new.

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Sun, Sangria and new starts, from the author of the bestselling Five French Hens. Molly’s seventieth birthday comes as something of a shock. The woman in the mirror certainly looks every day of those seventy years, but inside Molly feels she still has so much more living left to do. Widowed and living alone with her cat Crumper, Molly fears she is slipping into a cliché of old age. When Molly’s sister Nell appears on her doorstep, distraught that her husband of more than forty years, Phil, has left her for a younger lover, the women decide to seize the day. By the morning, flights are booked, bags are packed, and off they go for an adventure in Spain. The sun, the sea, the new friends and the freedom are just the tonic for broken hearts and flagging souls. But even Spain isn’t enough to revive Molly’s spirit. A solo journey to Mexico is booked as Molly continues to chase the sun and to chase happiness. Will she find what she’s looking for in Mexico, or will she discover that true contentment can’t be found on a map, but it might just be found in a new flame. Judy Leigh is back, with her trademark spirit of joie de vivre, fun, warmth and timeless lessons in how to live. Praise for Judy Leigh: ‘Brilliantly funny, emotional and uplifting’ Miranda Dickinson 'Lovely . . . a book that assures that life is far from over at seventy' Cathy Hopkins bestselling author of The Kicking the Bucket List 'Brimming with warmth, humour and a love of life... a wonderful escapade’ Fiona Gibson, bestselling author of The Woman Who Upped and Left

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This essential guide, now available in a fully updated new edition, is the only available study of all bestselling books, authors and genres since the start of the last century, giving an unique insight into a hundred years of publishing and reading and taking us on a journey into the heart of the British imagination.

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Yes, guys, you can learn to read her mind! Who would have guessed? Through the surprising revelations in the best-seller For Men Only, countless men are realizing that they can indeed understand their wife or girlfriend. This companion book guides men on the next step of the journey. You'll not only learn how to apply those discoveries to your individual relationship, but you'll actually develop the skill of "reading her mind" - or at least reducing your confusion. Designed to work both as a small-group discussion guide and as a tool for gaining personal insights, this guy-friendly resource addresses the key issues that impact every marriage and offers practical ideas for simple changes that can make a huge difference. Questions, key reminders, and case studies that have been field-tested by several men's groups will help you understand what your wife or girlfriend is really thinking and how to make her happy. (Which will make you happy.) Whether you use this guide on your own, as a discussion handbook, or as a conversation starter with the woman in your life, you'll find it an invaluable resource in your quest to cut through the confusion and give her what she really wants and needs from you.

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The Fast Track to Getting published! “Are you ready to get out of the slush piles? With the expert tutelage of Frishman and Spizman, an author can increase his/her chances of publication many times over.” – John Kremer, author, "1001 Ways to Market Your Books" “I’ve got a great idea for a book!” But a great idea is not enough---what you need is a killer book proposal. With publishing gurus Rick Frishman and Robyn Spizman as your guides, you can create a proposal that makes your idea sing---and appeals to the right publishers. And once you secure that coveted book deal, Frishman and Spizman give you all you need to know to conceptualize, write, market, and turn your powerful message into a bestseller. We all need a guide on the journey through the publishing world and these experts take you by the hand and help navigate the hypercompetitive book industry. We all have an amazing message within. Now is the time to share it with the world to change your life and the lives of your audience.

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'Beautifully written, comforting and utterly uplifting, Lucy Coleman’s stories are the perfect tonic when life is a little grey.' Holly Martin Lainey Summers feels blessed to have her dream job writing for a renowned foodie magazine. And the day she goes to interview chef Rick Oliver at his new restaurant—Aleatory—in London’s popular Piccadilly, is the start of an unexpected journey. When Rick is offered the opportunity to jet off to a monastery in Andalucía, to film a cookery competition for Spanish TV, Lainey goes too, to cover the story. Spending a month filming in the stunning Spanish countryside, soaking up the sights, sounds, smells and of course the cuisine, Lainey and Rick start to enjoy each other’s company. But their time together flies by too quickly, and before they know it, Rick and Lainey have to face going their separate ways. With both their worlds shifting beneath them, the call of Andalucia and the call of happiness grows ever stronger. But with everything at stake, will they be able to take the chance of a happy-ever-after... Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a sun-baked, life-affirming, total escape to beautiful Andalucia. What readers are saying about Lucy Coleman’s novels: 'I really adored this beautiful story. Lucy Coleman’s writing is as breathtakingly beautiful and descriptive as ever, it didn’t fail to hold me captive.' 'I am completely captivated and enchanted by her beautiful prose and her flair in storytelling, and this book won’t be my last for sure!' 'A new Lucy Coleman novel never fails to brighten up my day.' 'An escapist, enjoyable and emotional tale written with plenty of heart.' 'How many times can I say I absolutely love Lucy’s books!' 'Lucy Coleman is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors... She seems to have a way of making you feel as though you've been transported into her book and you're right there experiencing it all with the characters.' 'I am definitely a huge fan of this author and this is another magical story which is highly deserving of five stars.' 'Some books stay with you after you finish reading and for me this was one of those books.' 'Another truly wonderful book from this author that always manages to make me smile.' 'This one had me hooked, I was able to switch off and escape to a beautiful setting.'

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From the top-ten bestselling author of One Snowy Night, Rita Bradshaw, comes The Storm Child, a sweeping family saga set during the run up to WW2 in the north-east of England. It’s mid-winter, and in the throes of a fierce blizzard Elsie Redfern and her husband discover an unknown girl in their hay barn about to give birth. After the young mother dies, Elsie takes the infant in and raises her as her own daughter, her precious storm child. Gina grows into a beautiful little girl, but her safe haven turns out to be anything but. Torn away from her home and family, the child finds herself in a nightmare from which there’s no waking, but despite her misery and bewilderment, Gina’s determined to survive. Years pass. With womanhood comes the Second World War, along with more heartbreak, grief and betrayal. Then, a new but dangerous love beckons; can Gina ever escape the dark legacy of the storm child?

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'What I love about this book is that it gives us the tools to guide ourselves and know that change and our true value is within us all' Mary Portas Our careers are full of potential and possibilities, uncertainty and change. There is no such thing as a straight line to success and there are times when we get stuck, face obstacles, feel frustrated or want to explore new opportunities. In these moments the best place to start is by coaching yourself. No one can solve your problems better than you can, and learning to coach yourself will accelerate your self-awareness and help you take control of your career. In You Coach You, you'll learn the mindset, skillset and toolkit you need to coach yourself. You'll discover practical support on some of the most common coaching challenges including: - Exploring your progression possibilities and making them happen - Building your resilience reserves and turning adversity into action - Moving beyond busy to time well spent and finding the right work-life fit for you - Building the beliefs that help you succeed and overcoming setbacks - Creating the connections you need for your career and fixing friction in difficult relationships - Developing a sense of direction and a purpose that is motivating and meaningful for you Packed with ideas for action and insightful tools, this practical book will help you to get unstuck, and increase your confidence in and control over your career. If you enjoyed reading this, check out The Squiggly Career, Helen and Sarah's Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling guide to supercharging your confidence, playing to your strengths and setting yourself up for success.

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***THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*** 'A touching celebration of the beauty and endurance of female friendship. There is nothing mightier. Fact.' DAWN FRENCH The new novel from Ruth Jones, co-creator of Gavin & Stacey and author of the smash-hit, number one bestselling debut, Never Greener. Friends forever is a difficult promise to keep... Meet Lana, Judith and Catrin. Best friends since primary school when they swore an oath on a Curly Wurly wrapper that they would always be there for each other, come what may. After the trip of a lifetime, the three girls are closer than ever. But an unexpected turn of events shakes the foundation of their friendship to its core, leaving their future in doubt - there's simply too much to forgive, let alone forget. An innocent childhood promise they once made now seems impossible to keep . . . Packed with all the heart and empathy that made Ruth's name as a screenwriter and now author, Us Three is a funny, moving and uplifting novel about life's complications, the power of friendship and how it defines us all. Prepare to meet characters you'll feel you've known all your life - prepare to meet Us Three. ***** Praise for Us Three: 'A warm, smart, uplifting tale of true friendship.' BETH O'LEARY 'This novel oozes warmth and honesty. A big-hearted book that provides a cast of characters you'll lose your heart to.' ADELE PARKS 'I loved this brilliantly gripping depiction of the complexities of female friendship over the years. Love, betrayal, comedy and loss - Us Three has it all.' FIONA NEILL ***** Readers love Us Three: 'I love the way Ruth Jones writes. The relationship between the 3 friends is perfect and a wonderful book to read about friendship' 'I absolutely loved this so much. There were moments that made me cry and other moments that made me laugh.' 'Best book of the year so far. To sum it up I'd say "it was bloody lush"' ****RUTH'S BRILLIANT NEW NOVEL LOVE UNTOLD IS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW. COMING IN 2022****

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Ambition can be deadly... A glamorous thriller following three passionate women determined to revive the ratings of a TV soap.

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This classic romantic thriller contains all the elements of a good mystery story: an isolated mansion inhabited by mysterious creatures, a handsome hero, duels, ghosts, and an old-fashioned shoot-out.

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Sibley Junction is in the sub-tropic zone of Colorado. It lies in a hot, dry, but immensely productive valley at an altitude of some four thousand feet above the sea, a village laced with irrigating ditches, shaded by big cotton-wood-trees, and beat upon by a genial, generous-minded sun. The boarders at the Golden Eagle Hotel can sit on the front stoop and see the snow-filled ravines of the mountains to the south, and almost hear the thunder crashing round old Uncompahgre, even when the broad leaves above their heads are pulseless and the heat of the mid-day light is a cataract of molten metal.

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