Funny Girl - the much-anticipated new novel by Nick Hornby, the million-copy bestselling author of About a Boy Make them laugh, and they're yours forever . . .
It's the swinging 60s and the nation is mesmerized by unlikely comedy star Sophie Straw, the former Blackpool beauty queen who just wants to make people laugh, like her heroine Lucille Ball.
Behind the scenes, the cast and crew are having the time of their lives. But when the script begins to get a bit too close to home, and life starts imitating art, they all face a choice.
The writers, Tony and Bill, comedy obsessives, each harbour a secret. The Oxbridge-educated director, Dennis, loves his job but hates his marriage. The male star Clive, feels he's destined for better things. And Sophie Straw, who's changed her name and abandoned her old life, must decide whether to keep going, or change the channel.
Nick Hornby's new novel is about popular culture, youth and old age, fame, class and teamwork. It offers a wonderfully captivating portrait of youthful exuberance and creativity, and of a period when both were suddenly allowed to flourish. Fans of Hornby will love this book, as will readers of David Nicholls, Mark Haddon and William Boyd.
Nick Hornby is the author of five bestselling novels (High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down and Juliet, Naked), a novel for young adults, Slam, and four works of acclaimed non-fiction: Fever Pitch, 31 Songs, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree and Stuff I've Been Reading. A Long Way Down, About a Boy, High Fidelity and Fever Pitch have all been made into major films. He also wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated An Education, and is currently writing screenplays for Cheryl Strayed's Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, and Colm Toibin's Brooklyn.
THE THRILLING NEW NOVEL FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF NEUROMANCER''Dazzling, astoundingly inventive'' The Times''Wild, richly satisfying'' Guardian''Terrific'' Spectatorbr>_______________San Francisco, 2017. Clinton''s in the White House, Brexit never happened - and Verity Jane''s got herself a new job.They call Verity ''the app-whisperer,'' and she''s just been hired by a shadowy start-up to evaluate a pair-of-glasses-cum-digital-assistant called Eunice. Only Eunice has other ideas.Pretty soon, Verity knows that Eunice is smarter than anyone she''s ever met, conceals some serious capabilities and is profoundly paranoid - which is just as well since suddenly some bad people are after Verity.Meanwhile, in a post-apocalyptic London a century from now, PR fixer Wilf Netherton is tasked by all-seeing policewoman Ainsley Lowbeer with interfering in the alternative past in which Verity and Eunice exist. It appears something nasty is about to happen there - and fixing it will require not only Eunice''s unique human-AI skillset but also a little help from the future.A future which Verity soon fears may never be . . .br>_______________''One of the most influential writers around...with Gibson''s trademark panache, the story rattles along with great pace and suspense'' Sunday Times''One of our greatest science-fiction writers'' New York Times''A sensual, remarkably visual ride, vigorous with displays of conceptual imagination and humour'' The Guardian''Among our most fascinating novelists'' Daily Telegraph''Gibson is a prophet and a satirist, a black comedian and an astounding architect of cool'' Spectator''One of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working'' Boston Globe''His eye for the eerie in the everyday still lends events an otherworldly sheen'' New Yorker''Engaging, thought-provoking and delightful... [Gibson] can always be counted on to show us our contemporary milieu rendered magical by his unique insights, and a future rendered inhabitable by his wild yet disciplined imagination'' The Washington Post''Gibson blurs the line between real and speculative technology in a fast-paced thriller that will affirm to readers that it was well worth the wait'' Booklist''Typically visionary, yet plausible and thrilling too'' I Paper''If you''re one of those who sees Gibson as a visionary, it''s time to be scared - the scenarios he''s playing with here don''t make for comfort reading'' SFX magazine>
In a small town in the south-east of Ireland in the 1950s, Ellis Lacey is among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. So when she is offered a job in America, she leaves her family to start a new life in Brooklyn, New York.
For the first time in over 30 years, John le Carré returns to the Cold War in this thrilling masterpiece interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story! Peter Guillam, colleague of George Smiley of the British Secret Service has retired on the coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him.
Boyd on form is the ultimate in immersive fiction, and Love is Blind is Boyd at the top of his game . . . magnificent'' Sunday Timesbr>br>''A finely judged performance: a deft and resonant alchemy of fact and fiction, of literary myth and imagination'' Guardian Book of the Weekbr>br>This is William Boyd''s sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. br>br>When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie''s love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the nineteenth century becomes the twentieth. br>br>Love is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At once an intimate portrait of one man''s life and an expansive exploration of the beginning of the twentieth century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain''s best loved storytellers.br>br>''Boyd is back on a form few of his contemporaries can match. This fine, touching and clever book is the best thing he''s written since [Any Human Heart] and deserves similar adulation'' Obseverbr>br>''Boyd''s talents as a rollicking storytelling [are] full on display in this historical blockbuster'' Metro br>br>''The book begins and continues at a cracking pace - or perhaps a cinematic stride - with scenes, scenarios, set-pieces and minor characters aplenty, all of which and all of whom might easily detain another writer for an entire book . . . He makes it look easy: he''s a pro'' New Statesman>
Annie and Duncan are a mid-thirties couple who have reached a fork in the road, realising their shared interest in the reclusive musician Tucker Crowe is not enough to hold them together any more. When Annie hates Tucker's 'new release', a terrible demo of his most famous album, it's the last straw - Duncan cheats on her and she throws him out.
She is an Italian accountancy student in London, and her boyfriend Eddie teaches at a language school. But the prime reason Immacolata Borelli came to Britain was to look after her gangster brother, wanted for multiple murders back home in Naples.
For the Borelli clan are major players in the Camorra, a crime network more close-knit and ruthless than the Sicilian Mafia.
Isabel Osmond, a spirited, intelligent young heiress, flees to London after being betrayed by her husband, to be with her beloved cousin Ralph on his deathbed. After a sombre existence at her husband's Roman palazzo, Isabel's daring departure to London reawakens her youthful quest for freedom and independence. Soon Isabel must decide whether to return to Rome or to strike out on her own once more.
A memoir about becoming a comix memoirist. It chronicles the author's own nervous breakdown, his experiments with psychedelic drugs, his mother's suicide and his incarceration in a mental hospital. It is suitable for those interested in the American counterculture, and the development of graphic art.
Named Pembe and Jamila, meaning Pink and Beautiful rather than the names their mother wanted to call them, Destiny and Enough, the twin girls have very different futures ahead of them all of which will end in tragedy on a street in East London in 1978.
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Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom. Estranged from his father, newly divorced, unable to communicate with his only daughter, he realizes that while he may have seventy-four friends on Facebook, there is nobody in the world with whom he can actually share his problems. Then a business proposition comes his way.
Suspecting a disastrous conspiracy, Toby attempts to forestall it, but is promptly posted overseas. Three years on, summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely watched by Probyn's daughter Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service.
John le Carré's latest novel, Our Kind of Traitor, is set in contemporary, recession gripped Britain. A left-leaning young Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend take an off-peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. By seeming chance they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis.
What else he wants propels the young lovers on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps, to the murkiest cloisters of the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain's Intelligence Establishment.
Clytemnestra eagerly waits for her husband, Agamemnon, to return victorious from battle. Before he set out he had sacrificed their young daughter to the gods. When Agamemnon returns home his wife will be waiting for him, for his death, for her revenge. A magnificent, brilliantly imagined story of the ties that bind and destroy one family from the acclaimed author of BROOKLYN.
When Jahan travels to 16th-century Istanbul as a stowaway carrying the gift of a white elephant for the sultan, little does he know the journey on which he is about to embark. Whispers in the palace gardens and secret journeys through Istanbul lead Jahan to Mihrimah, the beautiful Princess.