Happy Advent! Need suggestions for festive reading? Here are our suggestions for excellent Christmassy ebooks- including gripping crime, new titles – and classics from more than one Dickens…
The Twitter Diaries by Georgie Thompson and Imogen Lloyd Webber
Tuesday (@Tuesday Fields), a sports reporter and Stella (@StellaCavill), a men’s shoe designer, are Brit 30-somethings who are introduced in NYC on NYE by a mutual friend, a notorious transatlantic TV presenter. They strike up an instant bond.
Over the next 365 days, @TuesdayFields and @StellaCavill put the world to rights, one tweet at a time. From Melbourne to Monaco to Magaluf, the girls flirt and fall out with sportsmen, movie stars… and TV presenters. And then there’s their mothers…
December 31st of the same year and @TuesdayFields and @StellaCavill meet again, for the first time since the last time. A lot can happen in a year. It turns out just 140 characters can change everything.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christmas past, present, and future and the redemptive power of giving brought vividly to life by Monica Dickens’ reading of A Christmas Carol together with the original text.
A Christmas Carol tells the timeless tale of Scrooge, the most miserly of all misers, and how he is shown the true meaning of Christmas by four ghostly visitors – his partner Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come. By Christmas day, he has learnt his lesson and is willing to enter into the spirit of things.
Monica Dickens reads A Christmas Carol as it was read to her by her grandfather, who in turn heard it from the author himself. Monica Dickens gave an everlasting gift to others by establishing the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands in Falmouth, Massachusetts in 1977. This recording is the original radio version which has been enhanced by new music and engineering to honor them both. Proceeds will benefit Samaritan crisis lines, support groups for those who have lost someone to suicide, and community outreach programs.
God Bless Us, Every One!
12 Big Lies and the Prairies of Heaven by Tony Brauer
Brauer leaves no stone unturned, no metaphor untold, and no holds barred in this witty deconstruction of the modern economy. With up-to-the minute inserts and reflections, Twelve Big Lies and the Prairies of Heaven unravels a contemporary canvas of economics today, exploring and demystifying the causalities, and the influence of those responsible. Brauer’s idiosyncratic style, from his Quaker roots and Buddhist principles, lends a piquancy to his curious stance with phrases like “Seeking to understand wu-wei, the art of participating without interfering, might go a long way to re-orienting the bizarre farrago that democracy has become.”
Whether getting ruffled with the Media having ‘all the percipience and principle of a lobotomised Caliban’, or lumping bankers in with politicians in the ‘conspiracy of charlatans’, Brauer weighs his arguments to form a trustworthy voice intent on showing, rather than telling. With edicts for everyone from Confuscious to archy the cockroach, Brauer communicates with palatable, pub-table anecdotes and examples, home-grown diagrams and illustrations, and fair, honest questions in this timely study of humans in the face of power and money.
The House at World’s End by Monica Dickens
Carrie, Tom, Em and Michael Fielding encounter unexpected adventures when they are sent to live with their uncle and aunt after their house burns down.
While their father is away and their mother is in hospital, they are left in the care of Uncle Rudolph who is unused to children and decides to let them live at World’s End, a ramshackle house which was once an inn. Free at last from interference from their relatives, they begin to add to their already sizeable collection of animals – Carrie rescues John the horse, finds a wounded dog in the hayloft and even tries to save a monkey from a terrible fate…
This is the first book in the series about an extraordinary family and the adventures they have at World’s End.
World’s End in Winter by Monica Dickens
More adventures of the Fielding children – Tom, Carrie, Em and Michael – who live in the derelict house at World’s End with their family of animals.
Their first winter at World’s End is packed with incident and excitement that involves children and animals alike …
Heathcliff’s Tale by Emma Tennant
Heathcliff’s Tale is the story of the haunting of Henry Newby, a young man despatched to Haworth Parsonage shortly after the death of Emily Bronte to retrieve a novel by Ellis Bell for his uncle, publisher of Wuthering Heights. He soon finds himself adrift in a sea of possibilities: are the pages which burn on the study fire the work of fiction which his uncle awaits, or, as he believes, do they comprise the confessions of a wicked man, a murderer who has brought destruction and misery to all he meets? Who is this Heathcliff who spills his black soul among the flames and ashes?
Heathcliff’s Tale brings together a ghost story, a depiction of the marriage of Heathcliff and Isabella, and a satire on Bronte academic studies. Facts and fiction are intertwined as are confronted with the enigma of Emily Bronte. How could a young woman with no apparent experience of passion or knowledge of evil, have summoned up Heathcliff?
Mrs Rochester by Hilary Bailey
Have you ever wondered what happened after Jane found Mr Rochester, blinded and crippled by the fire that destroyed Thornfield Hall? After the death of his wife freed him to marry his young love, and the destruction of his home and estate forced the two of them to start life anew?
Hilary Bailey answers these questions and brings in a plot of her own with this sequel to the Bronte classic. She builds a new world for the new Mrs Rochester, centred on her husband, whose sight is slowly healing and whose attitude is forever changed by being happy in love, and her young son, the joy of both his parents. For ten years after Thornfield Hall and all it stood for crumbled, Jane and Mr Rochester live in wedded bliss, spending their days in an idyllic family unit at the small manor of Ferndean. But when Mr Rochester decides to rebuild Thornfield Hall, Jane fears the ghosts that might be brought back with it, and her fears are not unfounded.
Mrs Rochester rewrites Jane’s ‘Happily Ever After’ as a twisted tale of interrupted bliss, haunting pasts, and frightening vendettas that follow the Rochesters to their newly rebuilt home. Old wounds are re-opened, grudges once thought buried resurface, and accusations abound, resulting in a mysterious, fast-paced re-imagining of a timeless favourite.
The Governess by Evelyn Hervey
When Harriet Unwin takes the position of governess in the well-to-do Thackerton household, it would seem that fortune has smiled on her at last. That is until William Thackerton is found stabbed, and Harriet accused of murder…
In a desperate attempt to prove her innocence, she embarks on a daring scheme to save herself from the gallows. In doing so she uncovers the dark secrets which the family is trying to hide behind a veneer of Victorian respectability.Available for 1.99 this Christmas!
The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham
Eric Crowther knew everybody’s secrets, so there was no shortage of suspects when he was found shot at the White Cottage. Chief Inspector Challenor and his son Jerry had to look deep into everyone’s past – including the dead man’s – before they could be sure who had pulled the trigger.
The White Cottage Mystery, Margery Allingham’s first detective story, was originally a newspaper serial and was skilfully edited by Joyce Allingham for book publication after her sister’s death.Available for 1.99 this Christmas!
The Life of Ian Fleming by John Pearson
It is now 50 years since the premiere of Dr No, the very first Bond film, with Sean Connery introducting 007 as the glamorous secret agent who would become the single most profitable movie character in the history of cinema. But James Bond was invented by one man, Ian Fleming, a wartime intelligence officer and Sunday Times newspaper man who lived to see only the very beginning of the Bond cult.
John Pearson’s famous biography remains the definitive account of how only Ian Fleming could have dreamed up James Bond, for he led a life as colourful as anything in his fiction, which in turn became a covert autobiography. Charming, debonair and a ruthless womaniser, globetrotting from wartime Algiers to beachside Jamaica, Fleming was as elusive and opaque as his imaginary creation.
In his new introduction, John Pearson examines the extent to which Fleming’s character informs even the most recent movie portrayals of his hero, and how Bond himself has achieved immortality beyond his creator’s wildest dreams.
The Glimpses of the Moon by Edmund Crispin
Death and decapitation seem to go hand in hand in the Devon village of Aller.
When the first victim’s head is sent floating down the river, the village’s ruralcalm is shattered. Soon the corpses are multiplying and the entire community isinvolved in the murder hunt. While the rector, the major, the police and a journalist, desperate for the scoop of the century, chase false trails, it is left to Gervase Fen, Oxford don and amateur criminologist, to uncover the sordid truth.
Plan C by Lois Cahall
A screwball comedy with a heart. Thelma & Louise go to Europe. A revenge on midlife crisis.
Plan A: We grow up, get married, have babies, white picket fence.
Plan B: Mortgages, marriages, mistresses, divorce, my kids, his kids, stepkids, blended families. College tuition. Empty nest. Empty soul.
Plan C: Cabernet, passports, jet lag, Ambien, Europe. Who needs reality?
Until we realize reality can’t be avoided. And truth is, we don’t want to avoid it.We are a nation of underdogs – a society of hope. Plan C is accepting life as it comes, with no plan at all.
Once upon a time there was a divorced, single mother named Libby Crockett, living and working her fingers to the bone on Cape Cod. Her Plan A had failed, and now she dreamed of a new life and a new love — her Plan B. And Plan B worked! It brought her to glamorous New York to a new man, a new life…and his expensive ex, his out-of-control kids, and the biggest recession in 70 years. Was this really what Libby had been dreaming of? Maybe it was time for Plan C…Available for 1.99 this Christmas!
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