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Things Fall Apart
African Writers Series, 1986
Achebe Copyright, 1958.
Best-selling Nigerian author Chinua Achebe is among the most powerful and
original writers in English fiction.
“… The story is the tragedy of Okonkwo, an important man in the Igbo tribe in the days when white men
were first appearing on the scene… Mr Achebe's very simple but excellent
novel tells of the series of events by which Okonkwo through his pride and
his fears becomes exiled from his tribe and returns, only to be forced
into the ignominy of suicide to escape the results of his rash courage
against the white man… He handles the macabre with telling restraint and
the pathetic without any false sense of embarrassment.” The Observer.
Publishers Ltd, 2003.
“Written with a wisdom and skill that few authors attain in a lifetime”
joy of this book is its marriage of a wonderful writer with a fresh,
rich and hidden world. Her achievement is huge. This is a book written
with love and compassion”.
At the tender age of eighteen, Nazneen's life is turned upside down. After
an arranged marriage to a man twenty years her elder she exchanges her
Bangladeshi village for a block of flats in London's East End. In this new
world, where poor people can be fat and even dogs go on diets, she
struggles to make sense of her existence – and to do her duty to her
husband. A man of inflated ideas (and stomach), he sorely tests her
But Nazneen submits, as she must, to Fate and devotes her life
to raising her family and slapping down her demons of discontent. Until
she becomes aware of a young radical, Karim.
Against a background of
escalating racial and gang conflict, they embark on an affair that finally
forces Nazneen to take control of her life…
Delacorte Press, 2005
here, master. Command me.
Stoke Ltd, 2005.
would you go to find out about the past?
Chris's gran is starting to
forget things – sometimes it's like she's not there at all. She's got
Alzheimer's and it's hard for everybody.
Chris hates going to see her in
the old people's home. He hates listening to his parents trying to talk
to her: “Do you get out in the garden now that the weather's better?”
“Bingo on Tuesdays? Isn't that fun!”
Don't they understand? You can't fob
her off with rubbish chat like that.
Chris wants to make things easier for
her… what is the chocolate moon she keeps talking about? And can he help
her see it again?
Stoke Ltd, 2004
(Illustrated by Roy Petrie)
thinks he's going to die.
get to the bridge before it's swept away!
save him now?
Stoke Ltd, 2004
(Illustrated by Jon Rogers)
Girlfriend in coma. A crash in the dark. Todd's girlfriend Lucy is in a
coma. And now Todd's started seeing Jade. But What if Lucy wakes up…?
Children´s Books, 2004
start, a new life. A normal boyfriend. That's what Cate looks forward to
when she goes to live with her dad, Dan, a teacher at her new school.
Straight away, she runs into trouble, when Dan is accused of assaulting a
girl in the year above her. Cate is determined to work out what really
happened. Someone is hiding something… and not all secrets are meant for
keeping. Even when the truth might be too much to bear…
the author of the award-winning Noughts & Crosses.
“Devastatingly powerful” Guardian.
truth and justice are no longer black and white issues…
Sephy is a Cross,
one of the privileged in a society where the ruling Crosses treat the
pale-skinned noughts as inferiors. But her baby daughter has a nought
Jude is a nought. Eaten up with bitterness, he blames Sephy for
the terrible losses his family has suffered…
Jude´s life rests on a knife edge. Will Sephy be forced, once again, to
razor-sharp and intensely moving novel, the second in the Noughts &
Noughts & Crosses
Random House Children's Books, 2006
Callum is a nought – a second-class citizen in a world
run by the ruling Crosses…
Sephy is a Cross, daughter of one of the most powerful
men in the country…
In their world, noughts and Crosses simply don´t mix.
And as hostility turns to violence, can Callum and Sephy possibly find a
way to be together? They are determined to try.
And then the bomb explodes…
A gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel set
in a world where black and white are right and wrong.
This special new edition includes An Eye for An Eye, a
stunning novella that continues the tale told in Noughts & Crosses.
"Will linger in the mind long after it has been read"
"Dramatic, moving and brave" Guardian.
"Flawlessly paced" The Times.
"Intelligent, emotional and imaginatively wicked"
Walking with the Dead. Tales from the dark side
Children's Books, 2005
(Illustrated by Jason Cockroft)
old man's hand stretched closer. I looked down at it and recoiled. He had
repulsed by the hideous figure he comes across at the old well, Stevie
can't resist taking the broken bell the man has been washing.
So begins Stevie´s haunting experience in the world of medieval outcasts. And in a
terrifying climax he discovers what it is like to be one of the dead.
thrilling story written by a leading author and powerfully illustrated by
a highly acclaimed artist.
Stoke Ltd, 2005
ordinary camping trip goes horribly wrong. Al and Jenny find themselves in
2055… and the future is grim.
The countryside is full of troops and army
tanks. But worse than that, there are no black people, no Asian people…
only white people are left.
Something dreadful has happened. Al and Jenny
are stuck in a nightmare. Will they ever get out?
exciting thriller… I couldn't put it down.” Teen Titles on Firebug by Eric
School Library Journal Best Book
York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
Lopez Memorial Award Honor Winner
Draanen has another winner in this eighth-grade 'he-said–she-said'
romance. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, flipped. The first
time he saw her, he ran. Not much changes until the eighth grade, when
Juli's infatuation wanes just as Bryce´s begins to kick in…. A fast,
funny, egg-cellent winner.” – School Library Journal, Starred.
praise for Flipped “We flipped over this fantastic book, its gutsy
girl Juli and its wise, wonderful ending.” – The Chicago Tribune.
“Delightful! Delicious! And totally teen.” –
charismatic leading lady kids will flip over, a compelling dynamic between
the two narrators and a resonant ending, this novel is a great deal larger
than the sum of its parts.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred
wonderful, light-hearted novel.” – Library Talk
is a wry character study, a romance with substance and subtlety.” –
highly agreeable romantic comedy.” – Kirkus Reviews
My mom didn't understand why it was so awful “that cute little girl” had
held my hand. She thought I should be friends with her. “You like
soccer. Why don't you go out there and kick the ball around?” Because I
didn't want to be kicked around, that's why. And although I couldn't
say it like that at the time, I still had enough sense at age seven and a
half to know that Julianna Baker was dangerous.
Julianna: What did a kiss feel like anyway? Somehow I knew it wouldn't be
like the one I got from Mom or Dad at bedtime. The same species, maybe,
but a radically different beast. Like a wolf and a whippet. Only science
would put them on the same tree. Looking back, I like to think it was at
least partly scientific curiosity that made me chase after that kiss, but
it was probably more those blue eyes.
Barry Trotter and the Unnecessary Sequel
Publishing Co, 2003
chronic skin condition, the world's most irritating wizard is back! Barry
Trotter, now 38 (going on 11), has returned to the Hogwash School for
Wizardry and Witchcrap. He and his wife, Ermine Cringer, are there to
deposit their Muddle-loving son Nigel, 11 (going on 38), and about as
magical as a plastic fork.
Just as Barry and Ermine are set to leave, Headmister Dorco Malfeasance dies. Who did it? Who cares - nobody much
liked Dorco anyway. Barry and Ermine are installed as interim heads of the
School. But then, in the sort of plot twist that could only happen in a
cheap novel designed to leech off a massive pop culture phenomenon, Barry
develops youthenasia. He begins a steady march backwards in age – and
reliving the horrors of adolescence (including the Acne of Fire) may not
be the end of it…
Suddenly, solving the mystery becomes a matter of Life and Death. Do they
suspect Snipe, as usual, only to find out Lord Valumart's behind it? Does
anyone really care anymore? I mean, come on…
Across the Nightingale Floor
One boy. One journey. One hidden
In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama,
the murderous warlord, Iida Sadamu, surveys his famous nightingale floor.
Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot.
No assassin can cross it unheard.
Brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and
spiritual people, Takeo has learned only the ways of peace. Why, then,
does he possess the deadly skills that make him so valuable to the
sinister Tribe? These supernatural powers will lead him to his violent
destiny within the walls of Inuyama - and to an impossible longing for a
girl who can never be his. His journey is one of revenge and treachery,
honour and loyalty, beauty and magic, and the passion of first love.
About a Boy
Books Ltd, 1998
entertaining” The Times “Such a good book” Daily Telegraph
delightful, observant, funny and good-hearted novel” Terence Blacker, Mail
cool was Will Freeman?”
Too cool! At
thirty-six, he's as hip as a teenager.
He's single, child-free, goes to the right clubs and knows which trainers
to wear. He's also found a great way to score with women: attend single
parent's groups full of available (and grateful) mothers, all hoping to
meet a Nice Guy.
Which is how Will meets Marcus, the oldest
twelve-year-old on the planet. Marcus is a bit strange: he listens to Joni
Mitchell and Mozart, looks after his mum and has never owned a pair of
trainers. But Marcus latches on to Will – and won't let go. Can Will teach
Marcus how to grow up cool? And can Marcus help Will just to grow up?
the awful, hilarious, embarrassing places where children and adults meet,
and Hornby has captured it with delightful precision” Irish Times.
takes a writer with real talent to make this work, and Hornby has it – in
buckets” Literary Review.
entertaining and endearing read” The Times.
stunner of a novel. Utterly
read-in-one-day-forget-where-you-are-on-the-tube gripping” Marie Claire.
“Buckle-up! TWOC is poised, lithe and very, very quick!” Quentin
Willson, former Top Gear presenter.
abbr. of criminal offence of Taking Without Owner's Consent as distinct
from Theft, usually applied to motoring offence of so-called “joyriding”.
Since the joyriding accident, fifteen-year-old Matt Norris's life has been
hell. His brother Jake is dead, and Jake's girlfriend Joolz has been
hideously scarred. Only Matt escaped the car crash unscathed. Or so it
Because now Jake is back, haunting Matt's every step, appearing out
of thin air dressed in outrageous costumes. What does he want? And why
does he remember the accident differently? What exactly had happened?
They'd all been too stoned to know.
Riddle with guilt and desperate to
unlock the truth, Matt attempts a reconstruction of that tragic day – with mindblowing consequences.
One Flew over the Cuckoo´s Nest
Bromden, half American-Indian, whom the authorities believe is deaf and
dumb, tells the story of a mental institution ruled by Big Nurse on behalf
of the all-powerful Combine.
Into this terrifying grey world comes McMurphy, a brawling, gambling man, who wages total war on behalf of his
cowed fellow-inmates. What follows is at once hilarious and heroic, tragic
and ultimately liberating.
Since its first publication in 1962, Ken Kesey's astonishing first novel has achieved the status of a contemporary
can be funny, he can be lyrical, he can do dialogue, and he can write a
muscular narrative. In fact there´s not much better come out of America in
the sixties… If you haven´t already read this book, do so. If you have,
read it again.”
Publishing Plc, 2000
has just phoned her. NO! That couldn't be. Derek was dead…”
Maxie…” Maxie held her breath. It was her imagination. It had to be.
“Maxie.” She half-opened her eyes, and peered through her lashes. All she
could see were the trees. And then, a movement. Was that a face?
Half-hidden, staring at her. A face
she hardly recognised. Yet knew so well. “Come closer, Maxie. Don't be
afraid. Come here. It's me. It's Derek.
Maxine's parents have had to do perhaps the worst possible thing: confirm
the identity of her brother Derek by the clothes he was wearing when he
disappeared. So the brother who was simply missing is now officially dead.
But then the worst possible thing really happens: Maxine picks up the
telephone to hear somebody saying that he is her brother, that he is
Derek. She can hardly believe her ears. Has Derek come back from the dead?
Is someone playing a sick joke? But who on earth would be so cruel?
thriller from prize-winning author Catherine MacPhail.
Sticks & Stones
Stoke Ltd, 2005
face it. Coming up with nicknames is a talent. I'm good at it. Tony
Harris, that's Fat Tony… the Incredible Bulk. Brian, my best mate, I call
him Pinocchio. You could use his nose as a ski slope… What can I say? I am
a class act when it comes to nicknames.
Greg's sure he's the funniest and
most popular guy in school. So why does everybody think he's stolen Tony
Harris' mobile phone? But it can't be a set-up. After all, everybody loves
him… don't they? He's going to need all his brains, and some help, to get
him out of this one!
Children's Books, 2005
you do when your world blows apart?
put it down!”
Emily aged 16.
Daisy aged 15.
She feels just like the star of a Western
tumbleweed blowing as she fulfils her mission to deliver the global news
to the suburbs. Clay's seen a lot of Westerns, with Dad – and a lot of
zombie films with Gran. A normal family – or so it seems – if you don't
count her little sister. Then Mum invites the Stranger to Dinner – and
life becomes like a soap… And you know the trouble with soaps – almost
anything can happen!
“If anyone made a list of this country's best writers
for children Jan Mark's name would be very near the top”
Mark has twice won the Carnegie Award.
masterly novel… Norwegian Wood bears the unmistakable marks of Murakami´s
hand.” -The New York Times Book Review
“Norwegian Wood… not only points to but manifests the author´s genius.” –
stunning and elegiac novel propelled Haruki Murakami into the forefront of
the literary scene (and onto the Japanese bestseller lists) and showed
that the master genre bender could tug at our heartstrings as effectively
as the Beatles´ song “Norwegian Wood.”
quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is
devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their
mutual obsession is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years
before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and
isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and
responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own
world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely
independent and sexually liberated young woman.
A magnificent blending of
the music, the mood, and the ethos that was the sixties with the story of
one college student's romantic coming of age, Norwegian Wood brilliantly
recaptures a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.
treat… Murakami captures the heartbeat of his generation and draws the
reader in so completely you mourn when the story is done.” – The Baltimore
“Vintage Murakami [and] easily the most erotic of [his] novels.” -
Angeles Times Book Review.
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl
Tempest , 2002
Donaghy has always been a big mouth but it's never gotten him into trouble
- until one day when two detectives escort him out of class for
questioning. Matt has been accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River
Ursula Riggs has always been an ugly girl. A loner with
fierce, staring eyes, Ursula has no time for petty high school stuff like
friends and dating – or at least that's what she tells herself. Ursula is
content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know
But Ursula is the only person who knows what Matt really
said that day… and she is the only one who can help him.
In her first
novel for young adults, acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates has created a
provocative and unflinching story of friendship and family, and of loyalty
Stoke Ltd, 2004
(Illustrated by Patrick Morgan)
4 Dale! Dale hates school. He has no luck with girls. He fights with his
mum. So how did he get to be a hero?
The Butterfly Tattoo
Marshall met the girl he was going to kill on a warm Oxford night in early
loved her the moment he first set eyes on her – beautiful, secretive Jenny
who rushed headlong into his live. Fate brought her to him, and fate would
mercilessly come between them to drive their innocent love affair down a
dark road of danger and betrayal. And make Chris discover that truth and
trust are not the simple ideals he once believed…
of undisputed and breathtaking excellence.” Books for Keeps.
Stoke Ltd, 2002
If you dream
it must be for real...
Baljit's mates knew what was what. If you were good at football, really
good, you could go places.But all his old man ever talked about was duty
to the family and paying bills. Baljit couldn't just go on working in his
old man's chippie. He wanted out!
"Do I have to work in the shop today, Daddy-ji?' I asked my dad. Man, I
hated working in my old man's fish and chip shop. It was boring and smelly.
And oily too. Loads of kids from my school came in and all I ever got from
them was, 'Chips an' curry sauce, mate!"
When I was younger, it was quite funny,
being asked all the time. But after a while, it just got on my nerves.
'A splendidly moving story about a conflict between ambition, talent and
perceived parental expectations... With impressive economy and tremendous
characterisation (Baljit's father is realised almost entirely by the
dialogue), Rai manages to weave in subtexts relating to racism, cultural
independence, feminism and a whole lot more. A glorious book.'
(Times Educational Supplement, 17th March 2002)
'This engaging novel is bound to win Rai some more fans whatever their
(Observer, 24th March 2002)
'The style accurately reflects the vernacular of both the young lads and
the Punjabi relatives... and the tale unfolds at a brisk pace... [Rai] may
have been a loss to professional football, but he's certainly a gain to
the world of fiction.'
(Leicester Mercury, 19/3/02)
Stoke Ltd, 2005
evening I'd be with Neeta, telling her she was my only girl and that. And
the next I'd be round at Kelly's kissing her up. It was like I'd died and
gone to and R'n'B video like them ones on MTV. Playa heaven, you get me?”
has no girlfriend and no hope, as his friends like to keep telling him. So
when not one but two of the fittest girls in town ask him out, how
can he say no? At first he feels bad about cheating on them… then he
starts to enjoy it. Soon lying is as easy as insulting his sister! But
will his luck run out? How long can he play this game?