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Rest Assured
  • 9781859039397
  • 01-01-2006
  • SS-CD
Rest Assured (Audio CD)
Nicholas Rhea / Graham Padden

North Yorkshire, 1950s. With a newly installed telephone and a car called Betsy to aid his fledgling business, Matthew Taylor continues his work for Premier Assurance in the wild landscape of the North York Moors. Matthew's customers include a newcomer who needs insurance for his model aeroplanes because he can't tell left from right, and a man whose water closet is demolished by a stolen car! He also attracts a motley collection of clients at his 'office' outside a local pub on market day...not forgetting Crocky Morris, the much-loved, accident-prone pedlar...

Darkest Before Dawn
  • 9781845593155
  • 01-12-2005
  • SO-CD
Darkest Before Dawn (Audio CD)
Katie Flynn / Anne Dover

When the Todd's move into a flat on the Scotland Road, they are strangers to city life: their previous home was a canal barge. Harry gets a job as warehouse manager and his wife, Martha, works in a grocer's shop, whilst Seraphina trains as a teacher, Angela works in Bunney's Department Store and young Evie starts at regular school. Then circumstances change and Seraphina takes a job in Lyons Corner House. Customers vie for her favours, including an old friend Toby. When war is declared, the older girls join up, leaving Evie and Martha to cope with rationing and the terrible raids on Liverpool. Meanwhile, Toby is a Japanese POW, working on the Burma railway and dreaming of Seraphina...

Death Of A Go-between
  • 9781407969770
  • 01-11-2005
  • SOMP3CD
Death Of A Go-between (MP3 CD)
James Pattinson / Gordon Griffin

The search for Arnie Walker was not a job that Sam Grant was particularly keen to undertake. But Miss Gloriana Goldstar was so pressing in her demand that he should do so, and Cynara Jones was so ardent in her support, that it became impossible to refuse. Besides, business was slack and Miss Goldstar was generous with her money... A trip to Amsterdam seemed a pleasant enough prospect but when there are people there intent on bringing your life to an abrupt end, the experience becomes rather less than enjoyable. All he was doing was trying to find Mr Walker and urge him to return to Miss Goldstar's loving arms. How was he to foresee that, in the process, he would upset so many other people and with such deadly consequences?

Death Of A Go-between
  • 9781845593032
  • 01-11-2005
  • SO-CD
Death Of A Go-between (Audio CD)
James Pattinson / Gordon Griffin

The search for Arnie Walker was not a job that Sam Grant was particularly keen to undertake. But Miss Gloriana Goldstar was so pressing in her demand that he should do so, and Cynara Jones was so ardent in her support, that it became impossible to refuse. Besides, business was slack and Miss Goldstar was generous with her money... A trip to Amsterdam seemed a pleasant enough prospect but when there are people there intent on bringing your life to an abrupt end, the experience becomes rather less than enjoyable. All he was doing was trying to find Mr Walker and urge him to return to Miss Goldstar's loving arms. How was he to foresee that, in the process, he would upset so many other people and with such deadly consequences?

Evil Intent
  • 9781859039106
  • 01-11-2005
  • SS-CD
Evil Intent (Audio CD)
Kate Charles / Annie Aldington

Clergy life is quiet and peaceful - or so Callie Anson believes when she begins her new job as a curate in Paddington. Knowing that women in the clergy are still disapproved of in certain quarters, Callie is prepared to face some criticism, but the deep-seated hatred shown by some of her male colleagues takes her by surprise, particularly the spiteful attack made by Father Jonah Adimola. Callie's mentor Frances Cherry leaps to her defence, but when Father Adimola is strangled and Frances is suspected of the crime, DI Neville Stewart's investigation begins to reveal secrets hidden behind the ecclesiastical facade.

Some Assured
  • 9781859039120
  • 01-11-2005
  • SS-CD
Some Assured (Audio CD)
Nicholas Rhea / Graham Padden

When Matthew Taylor exchanged his job as a butcher for a career as a local insurance agent he never anticipated that on his first day he would deliver a stallion foal and kill seven pigs - all without selling a penn'orth of insurance. In the 1950s in rural Delverdale this is all in a day's work, and Matthew and his new family are happy to rise to the challenge, though persuading hard-headed Yorkshire folk to part with their money for 'summat thoo can't see' means Matthew has his work cut out for him!

Birmingham Friends
  • 9781845592967
  • 01-10-2005
  • SO-CD
Birmingham Friends (Audio CD)
Annie Murray / Annie Aldington

Anna Craven grew up captivated by stories of her mother's childhood in Birmingham and of Kate's friend, Olivia. Theirs was a magical friendship and Anna always regretted that, with Olivia's tragic death during the war, she would never meet the woman her mother loved so deeply, But when Kate dies, she leaves her daughter one final story - the whole truth of her life with Olivia Kemp. Anna is shocked to discover how little she really knew about the mother with whom she once felt so close. With Kate's word of caution ringing in her ears, she goes in search of the one woman, very much alive, who can answer the urgent questions she now has.

Villette
  • 9780753124499
  • 01-09-2005
  • ISISCD
Villette (Audio CD)
Charlotte Bronte / Karen Cass

Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's death With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls' boarding school in the small town of Villette. There she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, a headmistress who spies on her staff, and her own complex feelings - first for the school's English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor, Paul Emmanuel. Drawing on her own deeply unhappy experiences as a teacher in Brussels, Charlotte Bronte's last and most autobiographical novel is a powerfully moving look at isolation and the pain of unrequited love, narrated by a heroine determined to preserve an independent spirit in the face of adverse circumstances.

Misfortune's Daughters
  • 9780753124512
  • 01-09-2005
  • ISISCD
Misfortune's Daughters (Audio CD)
Joan Collins / Lorelei King

Venetia and Atlanta Stephanopolis are the privileged daughters of international shipping tycoon, Nicholas, and Hollywood actress, Laura. Venetia, clearly her father's favourite, is conventionally beautiful and used to getting whatever her heart desires: designer clothes, sports cars and men - lots of them. But her good fortune drags her down and she has to confront harsh realities as her depraved lifestyle leads her to drug addiction. By contrast, plain Atlanta, unloved yet intelligent, escapes her unhappy childhood by totally transforming her looks and boosting her self-esteem as she pursues a high-flying career in magazine publishing, meeting a steady stream of the rich and famous. The sisters' fierce rivalry reaches a dramatic climax when their father's actions force them to compete for the ultimate prize.

Lethal Intent
  • 9780753124536
  • 01-09-2005
  • ISISCD
Lethal Intent (Audio CD)
Quintin Jardine / James Bryce

Four Albanian gangsters have infiltrated Edinburgh. They are smart guys, ruthless operators and deep undercover. MI5 are on their case and, unknown to DCC Bob Skinner and his men, they have set up a drug-dealing sting to flush the gangsters out. The resulting mayhem and violence throws everyone into confusion until the dust settles and they realise the gangsters are preparing a hit on a member of the Royal family - a certain Prince who is attending St Andrew's University. Meanwhile, two high-ranking policemen mourn the loss of a son and a daughter in mysterious circumstances and another witnesses his son being abducted. Is someone taking revenge on the police force in a particularly brutal and callous way? Are the crimes linked?

The Wild One
  • 9781407969787
  • 01-09-2005
  • SOMP3CD
The Wild One (MP3 CD)
James Pattinson / Peter Wickham

Hector Langdon volunteered for service in the army in World War I when he was no more than 17 years old, though he gave his age as 20. It was the kind of reckless action he was to take all his life, much to the regret of his solicitor father, who wished him to follow in the same profession. Hector would have none of it - it would have been far too boring for his taste. So he drifted from one occupation to another after the war, never really settling down. It seemed he had to be forever on the move. Until he met Eva Gray, and even that meeting was to lead in the end to tragedy.

The Wild One
  • 9781845592325
  • 01-09-2005
  • SO-CD
The Wild One (Audio CD)
James Pattinson / Peter Wickham

Hector Langdon volunteered for service in the army in World War I when he was no more than 17 years old, though he gave his age as 20. It was the kind of reckless action he was to take all his life, much to the regret of his solicitor father, who wished him to follow in the same profession. Hector would have none of it - it would have been far too boring for his taste. So he drifted from one occupation to another after the war, never really settling down. It seemed he had to be forever on the move. Until he met Eva Gray, and even that meeting was to lead in the end to tragedy.

The Girl From Seaforth Sands
  • 9781845592363
  • 01-09-2005
  • SO-CD
The Girl From Seaforth Sands (Audio CD)
Katie Flynn / Anne Dover

Amy Logan's family are poor but proud. They scrape a living by shrimping for the big Liverpool fish market, which Amy hates. It's only because her beloved, and strict, mother rules her with a rod of iron that she mucks in. But Isobel Logan dies in childbirth, and Amy and her brothers start to run wild. Matters aren't helped when her father marries Suzie Keagan from down the street: until now, Suzie has managed to conceal a dislike for housekeeping and she forces Amy to slave at chores. Desperate to escape, Amy leaves home to take her first job. But her happiness is short-lived for her father becomes gravely ill. She must return home and take her place within the family once again...

Rosebuds
  • 9781859038895
  • 01-09-2005
  • SS-CD
Rosebuds (Audio CD)
Margaret Mayhew / Ruth Sillers

Flora and Tally first met as schoolgirls in 1947, at Beechlawn Girls' College. Theirs is an unlikely friendship, as Flora's mother is a war widow, struggling to make ends meet, while Tally is really Lady Atalanta Ashby - rich and privileged, yet lonely. On leaving school the girls share a flat in London, and Tally is courted by the richest, most handsome young men in town while Flora pines hopelessly after Tally's dashing stepbrother, Nicholas. In the years to come, the bond between Flora and Tally will be tested to the full as they seek love and happiness.

When The Lights Come On Again
  • 9781845592233
  • 01-08-2005
  • SO-CD
When The Lights Come On Again (Audio CD)
Maggie Craig / Lesley Mackie

An evocative, nostalgic Scottish saga Liz MacMillan has always wanted to be a nurse but her domineering father won't allow it. With the outbreak of war, nursing becomes a patriotic duty and Liz gets her chance, together with her new friend Helen Gallagher. Working in Glasgow's Western Infirmary, one of the other students, Mario Rossi, touches Liz's heart. Mario has lived in Scotland most of his life. But when Italy enters the war, it's only his name that matters. Liz is devastated as the 'enemy aliens' are deported, but nurses are allowed little time to muse on absent loved ones. When the Luftwaffe starts to unload its cargo over Clydebank, it's a battle to save the lives of the survivors and Liz faces personal tragedy in the bombers' wake. With peace, she has her heart set on Mario's return. But will he still be the man for Liz or will another face have grown more dear?

Where Curlews Cry
  • 9781859038840
  • 01-08-2005
  • SS-CD
Where Curlews Cry (Audio CD)
Elizabeth Gill / Trudy Harris

As a solicitor in the small northern mining town of Hexham, Sam Browne knows more than most about the affairs of many of the town's inhabitants. He has known several of his clients - men such as Michael McIver and Tom Beardsley - since his schooldays, and he has become a friend of their families. When tragedy strikes, affecting the different families in different and terrible ways, Sam finds himself unwillingly drawn into the complicated emotional entanglements of their lives...

The Darkening Sky
  • 9781859038864
  • 01-08-2005
  • SS-CD
The Darkening Sky (Audio CD)
Alison Joseph / Julia Franklin

Sister Agnes is about to take her final vows, but is worried about giving up all her earthly possessions. If she ever leaves the convent, how would she survive with no home and no finances? However, Agnes's concerns are put into perspective when Walker McFadden, a lodger at the hostel for addicts in London where she works, is found dead. Believing the death to be no accident, Agnes is determined to find the killer. When she stumbles on Walker's writings of horror and revenge, Agnes feels she is beginning to pick up the trail of truth.

Alarm Call
  • 9781845592172
  • 01-07-2005
  • SO-CD
Alarm Call (Audio CD)
Quintin Jardine / Joe Dunlop

I, Oz Blackstone, didn't go looking for fame: it jumped out of an alleyway and mugged me with a fistful of high denomination notes. When I recovered, I found that I was a movie star, married to a successful businesswoman and about to make a leap into the Seriously Big Time. Like the one-armed bandit of my dreams, life just kept lining up all the cherries. I should have known it couldn't stay that good for too long. I should have known that the juiciest fruit go sour. I got my first taste of bitterness when I found my ex-wife Primavera Phillips drenched in her own tears, her life in ruins, cheated out of her fortune and robbed of her baby boy by his lying, cheating con-man father. What else could I do but help? Maybe I should have called for help myself, or stuck to the game plan of looking after number one. Instead I set out on a voyage of dark intrigue and wild discovery that would turn my life upside down...

A Sovereign For A Song
  • 9781859038833
  • 01-07-2005
  • SS-CD
A Sovereign For A Song (Audio CD)
Annie Wilkinson / Trudy Harris

She had the voice of an angel...but it led her to sin A miner's daughter from the village of Annsdale, near Durham, young Ginny Wilde yearns for adventure, but she gets more than she bargained for when her dark good looks, fiery spirit and beautiful singing voice capture the attention of Charlie Parkinson. Fleeing her father's wrath, Ginny heads for London where she becomes a music hall artiste, but she finds herself sucked into Charlie's louche, womanizing lifestyle. Can she ever find the courage to leave Charlie and return to her beloved north east - and will she ever be able to recapture the heart of her one true love, miner Martin Jude?

Lady Susan/the Watsons/sanditon
  • 9780753122396
  • 01-06-2005
  • ISISCD
Lady Susan/the Watsons/sanditon (Audio CD)
Jane Austen / Norma West

These three works - one novel unpublished in her lifetime and two unfinished fragments - reveal Jane Austen's development as a great artist. LADY SUSAN, with its wicked, beautiful, intelligent and energetic heroine, is a sparkling melodrama in letters. THE WATSONS is a highly delightful story whose vitality and optimism centres on the material prospects of the Watson sisters in a small provincial town. SANDITON, her last work, left unfinished at her death, is set in a seaside town. Its themes concern the new speculative consumer society and foreshadow the great social upheavals of the Industrial Revolution.

Screen Savers
  • 9781845591540
  • 01-05-2005
  • SO-CD
Screen Savers (Audio CD)
Quintin Jardine / Joe Dunlop

For Oz Blackstone, his days as a Private Enquiry Agent could soon be over. An undercover stint posing as a TV wrestling master of ceremonies has convinced him that he may have hidden theatrical talent - and now he's got a taste for the spotlight. So, the chance of a bit part in a movie seems like an offer he can't refuse - even though his own life is fast developing a dramatic storyline of its own, with a frightening series of accidents befalling people close to him. When the female lead is kidnapped from the set in a bizarre echo of the movie's rollercoaster plot, fiction and reality come together in a terrifying climax. But has Oz got what it takes to save the day?

Sea Fury
  • 9781407969794
  • 01-04-2005
  • SOMP3CD
Sea Fury (MP3 CD)
James Pattinson / Peter Wickham

It was an oddly assorted company of passengers that boarded the S.S. CHETWYND in Hong Kong and Singapore to take passage to Freemantle. The old vessel, operated by a line that had a poor reputation, was the kind of ship that could hardly attract the finest of officers or crew and was patronised only by the least demanding or affluent of passengers. In this company, living in such close quarters, there was inevitably a certain amount of friction. But human passions would prove insignificant by comparison when the indescribable fury of the storm hit.

The Palace Tiger
  • 9781845591427
  • 01-04-2005
  • SO-CD
The Palace Tiger (Audio CD)
Barbara Cleverly / Terry Wale

The Ellis Peters dagger for the best historical crime novel of 2004 has been awarded to the third in this series India 1922. When a tiger, turned man-eater, starts terrorising the northern villages of Ranipur, Governor Sir George Jardine dispatches Joe Sandilands, war hero and Scotland Yard detective, to join in a hunt for the beast as the guest of the maharajah. But Joe's suspicions are soon roused about the true nature of his trip. The maharajah is dying and his succession is unclear. The first heir to the throne has already died in a panther-wrestling incident and a second violent death occurs as Joe approaches the city. Misadventure? Or is a killer prowling the corridors of the palace of Ranipur? In the glittering court, surrounded by scheming characters, Joe must track down a clever murderer, finding his way through a maze of intrigue to corner the Palace Tiger.

Sea Fury
  • 9781845591441
  • 01-04-2005
  • SO-CD
Sea Fury (Audio CD)
James Pattinson / Peter Wickham

It was an oddly assorted company of passengers that boarded the S.S. CHETWYND in Hong Kong and Singapore to take passage to Freemantle. The old vessel, operated by a line that had a poor reputation, was the kind of ship that could hardly attract the finest of officers or crew and was patronised only by the least demanding or affluent of passengers. In this company, living in such close quarters, there was inevitably a certain amount of friction. But human passions would prove insignificant by comparison when the indescribable fury of the storm hit.