Every new mother has a story to tell - and this is Jane de la Rochefoucault's. It's a story that contains all the familiar yet magical landmarks of feeding, teething, toddling, and measuring stuff in and out of Tupperware. But, as an expat living in Paris, Jane also faces some challenges they never mention in the handbooks. Such as, how to juggle a new baby with the demands of an aristocratic husband, a competitive nursing circle, an artisan plumber, and a formidably French (and possibly law-breaking) mother-in-law... Swiftly plotted, linguistically playful and sparkling with wit, The Baby of Belleville will draw you into its unique imaginative universe and make you reluctant to leave.
An ingenious international literary relay race in which stories pass from hand to hand, from language to language, changing all the while, with surprising, thought-provoking, and frequently funny results
A powerful, brave and uncompromising investigation into the global underground of sex trafficking, from one of the world's most tireless and influential campaigners against sexual exploitation
It is an early spring evening in 1943 when the air-raid sirens wail out over the East End of London. From every corner of Bethnal Green, people emerge from pubs, cinemas and houses and set off for the shelter of the tube station. But at the entrance steps, something goes badly wrong, the crowd panics, and 173 people are crushed to death. When an enquiry is called for, it falls to the local magistrate, Laurence Dunne, to find out what happened during those few, fatally confused minutes. But as Dunne gathers testimony from the guilt-stricken warden of the shelter, the priest struggling to bring comfort to his congregation, and the grieving mother who has lost her youngest daughter, the picture grows ever murkier. The more questions Dunne asks, the more difficult it becomes to disentangle truth from rumour - and to decide just how much truth the damaged community can actually bear. It is only decades later, when the case is reopened by one of the children who survived, that the facts can finally be brought to light ...
The conspiracy theory is more pervasive than ever - spreading around the globe with unprecedented speed via the internet and seeping into our consciousness through stories like "X files" and the "Da Vinci Code". This title reviews the essentials of 50 great and small cover-ups, documented and alleged, hotly debated and furiously debunked.
A young stowaway, Aziz, jumps into the icy waters of Boston Harbor and swims ashore. He scrabbles to find shelter with fellow immigrants, tries to live right, but quickly learns that the normal rules don't apply to those who have no legal existence.
Nora was a girl of twelve when the war broke out and she was forced to join the train-loads of evacuees leaving London's East End for rural Kent. Her surrogate family, the Rivers family, are unlike anyone she has met before and she soon comes to love her new life with them, and in particular with twelve-year old Grace.
Private space flight has long been a science fiction dream. Major companies such as Virgin and Amazon are investing in a fresh generation of lightweight, efficient spacecraft. This book tells you what you need to join the space race - either by signing up as a passenger or becoming an investor in this arena, where the sky is no longer the limit.
Shows how the Middle East has emerged as the focus of American national interests, a battleground and occupation zone for 150,000 American troops, and a fount of global terrorism. This book examines the motivation behind US policy decisions, from attempts to limit Soviet expansion to the slippery compromises made in pursuit of oil.
Some time around his 50th birthday, Ambrose Zephyr fails his annual medical check-up. An illness of inexplicable origin with no known or foreseeable cure is diagnosed and it will kill him within a month. Give or take a day. In the time that remains, he decides to travel to all the places he ever wanted to visit, in strict alphabetical order.
Arctic explorer Edward Mackley sets out to reach the North Pole and vanishes into the icy landscape. He leaves behind a young wife, Emily, who awaits his return for decades. A hundred years later Edward's great-grand-niece Julia moves through the family house and makes a discovery that splinters her long-held image of Edward and Emily's romance.