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International bestselling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of readers with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, two stories of the Middle Ages set in the fictional city of Kingsbridge. The saga now continues with Follett’s magnificent new epic, A Column Of Fire.
In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love.
Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.
The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost.
Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column Of Fire is one of Follett’s most exciting and ambitious works yet. It will delight longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series and is the perfect introduction for readers new to Ken Follett.
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement — the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever." The evening's host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon's first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough... one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch's precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.
Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain's Royal Palace itself... and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch's shocking discovery... and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.
A quiet night on a country road. The stillness shattered by a car engulfed in flames, and a burned body discovered in the driver's seat. As the investigation unfolds, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill quickly realise that this is more than just a tragic accident. And so begins the hunt for a truly terrifying killer, someone who believes he is invisible, untraceable and untouchable.
As other victims are found to have met the same terrible fate, and with more women at risk, Tony and Carol are drawn into a dark and twisted web of fear and revenge that will force them to question their own ideas of justice...
Discover the pulse-pounding new novel from the inimitable queen of crime and number one bestseller, Val McDermid, featuring two of the most iconic and unforgettable characters in crime fiction: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.
Kurt Nordstrum leaves behind the safety of his life in Oslo to join the Allied troops. Having spent the last few months mourning the tragic death of his fiancťe, he's been searching everywhere for distraction. When he learns of a top-secret operation to interfere with the Nazis' plans, it's everything he's been looking for, and he immediately steps up to the challenge.
What he doesn't know is that the mission he has signed up to is about to become more dangerous than he could ever have imagined . . .
Kurt must infiltrate then destroy the most heavily guarded Nazi shipment. It's seemingly impossible, but worth everything: the fate of Europe hangs in the balance.
In the race to stop a deadly attack just pray she's not too late...
March, 1976. The height of The Troubles. An IRA bombing campaign strikes terror across Britain. Nowhere and no one is safe. When detective constable Jane Tennison survives a deadly explosion at Covent Garden tube station, she finds herself in the middle of a media storm. Minutes before the blast, she caught sight of the bomber. Too traumatised to identify him, she is nevertheless a key witness and put under 24-hour police protection.
As work continues round the clock to unmask the terrorists, the Metropolitan police are determined nothing will disrupt their annual Good Friday dinner dance. Amid tight security, hundreds of detectives and their wives and girlfriends will be at St Ermin's Hotel in central London. Jane, too, is persuaded to attend. But in the week leading up to Good Friday, Jane experiences a sudden flashback. She realises that not only can she identify the bomber, but that the IRA Active Service Unit is very close to her indeed. She is in real and present danger.
In a nailbiting race against time, Jane must convince her senior officers that her instincts are right before London is engulfed in another bloodbath.
Just moved in to a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly's pub for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and pink shirt brings over his pint and sits down. He seems to know Victor's name and to remember him from school. Says his name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes too the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. He prompts other memories too - of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor's own small claim to fame, as the man who says the unsayable on the radio. But it's the memories of school, and of one particular Brother, that he cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.
Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of childhood - but this is a novel unlike any he has written before.
When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.
The Blessed Girl follows the seductive and ever-bubbly Bontle Tau’s escapades through life. She’s a woman who uses her knowledge of ‘mencology’ to get what she wants, when she wants. She is always seen wearing the latest fashion and sporting the newest car on the market. Her life seems to move at a pace many can barely keep up with.
The story looks at the dynamics of her relationships within the modern day phenomenon of blessers from the vantage point of the blessee herself.
As all that glitters is not always gold, Bontle’s journey for love and acceptance sees some very hard lessons being learnt. In a world where status is seen to be most important, it is easy to forget that the inner-self is just as, if not more important. Filled with exquisite scandal and laughter, The Blessed Girl is Angela Makholwa’s fourth novel.
British business tycoon Julia Clyde-Smith will do anything to save Africa’s endangered wildlife, including setting up an elite anti-poaching squad. Hiring Sonja Kurtz to head up the covert strike force, Julia gives the former mercenary whatever she needs to take down Africa’s poaching kingpins. As the body count rises, it becomes harder for Sonja and her team to stay under the radar.
When her former flame, safari guide and private investigator Hudson Brand, is hired to investigate the death of an alleged poacher, Sonja is forced to ask herself if Julia’s wildlife crusade has gone too far.
As the investigation deepens it becomes increasingly apparent that a shadowy underworld syndicate known as the Scorpions are pulling the strings behind Africa’s poaching epidemic. Just as Julia is intent on wiping out poaching so, too, are the Scorpions concentrating on taking out the women who stand in their way.
When Rosie Rankin's best friend has an affair with her husband, the consequences reverberate down through the lives of two families. Relationships are torn apart. Friendships shattered. And childish innocence destroyed.
Her daughter Daisy's fragile hold on reality begins to unravel when a letter arrives that opens up all the old wounds. Rosie's teenage son Max blames himself for everything which happened that long hot summer. And her brittle ex-husband Nick has his own version of events. As long-repressed memories bubble to the surface, the past has never seemed more present and the truth more murky. Sometimes there are four sides to every story. Who do you believe?
Told through the eyes of four members of the same family, The Betrayals takes an unflinching look at contemporary family life, explores the nature of memory and desire and asks whether some things can ever be forgiven.
Mistaken identities, dark family secrets and mysterious conspiracies lie at the heart of this gripping new thriller.
Fifteen years ago in small-town New Jersey, a teenage boy and girl were found dead. Most people concluded it was a tragic suicide pact. The dead boy's brother, Nap Dumas, did not. Now Nap is a cop - but he's a cop who plays by his own rules, and who has never made peace with his past.
And when the past comes back to haunt him, Nap discovers secrets can kill...
Seventeen-year-old Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king’s half-sister Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block, where Jane transformed her father’s greedy power-grab into tragic martyrdom.
“Learn you to die,” was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son. When Katherine’s pregnancy betrays her secret marriage she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister’s scaffold.
“Farewell, my sister,” writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. After seeing her sisters defy the queen, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger, but determined to command her own life. What will happen when the last Tudor defies her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Queen Elizabeth?
International No.1 bestselling author Trudi Canavan returns with the third instalment in the Millennium's Rule series - her most powerful and thrilling adventure yet. Five years have passed since the Rebels confronted the Raen. Five years, in which the boy Rielle rescued, Qall, has grown up among the Travellers, with no memory of the life that was stolen from him. Five years of chaos, barely contained by Baluka and the Restorers. Worlds are at war, some overrun by deadly machines, some drained of magic by power-hungry sorcerers. As Qall comes of age, and Rielle and Tyen's hard-won peace is threatened, their loyalties are tested - and Qall's very existence is at stake. Because Dahli is still determined to restore Valhan to power, and he will stop at nothing to succeed. Escape to a new world. Discover the magic of Trudi Canavan.
A world on the brink of catastrophe. A two thousand year old mystery. A lost gospel.
Seeking adventure, a young man flees the drudgery of shopkeeping in Tsarist Russia to make a new life among the bohemians and revolutionaries of 19th century Paris. Travelling undercover in the mountains of British India, he discovers a manuscript that transforms the world's understanding of the historical Jesus. Decades later, in a Europe threatened by unimaginable tragedy, he makes a despairing attempt to right a historic injustice.
This breathtaking novel by the award-winning author of Far North and Strange Bodies tells the extraordinary tale of Nicolas Notovitch and his secret gospel. It is the epic story of a young man on the make in a turbulent world of spies and double-cross, propaganda and revolutionary violence, lost love and nascent anti-semitism -a world which eerily foreshadows our own era of post-truth politics.
Based on real events, The Secret Books is at once a page-turning adventure and an examination of the stories that humans are willing to kill and die for.
In the tradition of All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during the perilousness of World War II.
Beginning in the summer of 1939, fourteen-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem. On days when they aren't playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their Uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys' father naively sends his sons to a Hitler Youth Camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory.
When war breaks out, Jacob's world is thrown into chaos. The Boat Runner follows Jacob over the course of four years, through the forests of France, the stormy beaches of England, and deep within the secret missions of the German Navy, where he is confronted with the moral dilemma that will change his life - and his life's mission - forever.
Epic in scope and featuring a thrilling narrative with precise, elegant language, The Boat Runner tells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrown into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad. Through one boy's harrowing tale of personal redemption, here is a novel about the power of people's stories and voices to shine light through our darkest days, until only love prevails.
England, 1851. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive - one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.
United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper and fights an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation.
China, 2098. Tao hand-paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao's young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident - and is kept in the dark about his whereabouts and condition - she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him.
Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History Of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought provoking story that is just as much about the powerful relationships between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.
Steve Hofmeyr word as skrywer van Afrikaanse fiksie hoog aangeslaan. Sy Vier briewe vir Jan Ellis en Laaste dans, Drienie is deur literÍre kritici aangeprys. Nou ontpop diť gewilde en omstrede sanger en akteur as misdaadskrywer met Die onaantasbares.
Die hoofkarakter in diť spanningsroman is ’n huurmoordenaar wat deur die media as “Die Sluiper” gedoop word. Hy is ’n Special Ops-veteraan wat deur die Bosoorlog “gekneus” is. Die verhouding tussen hom en sy eertydse kollegas versuur wanneer hy begin vermoed dat hulle hom verraai het.
Hy raak verlief op Tessa Mallet, wat later self in die visier van Die Sluiper se voormalige kliŽnte beland wanneer hulle besluit om van hom ontslae te raak. Nadat Tessa in hulle liefdesnes vermoor en Die Sluiper vir dood agtergelaat word, is wraak voor die hand liggend. NŠ ’n uitgerekte herstelproses begin hy jag maak op die groep mense wat agter die moord op Tessa sit. Hofmeyr is ’n vaardige verteller wat lesers op ’n aksiebelaaide avontuurtog neem terwyl die adrenalien teen ’n hoŽ tempo vloei.
It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.
Turtles All The Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity.
The most talked-about debut of 2017!
"You think you're invincible. You think you won't ever miss. We need to put the fear on you. You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin, and accept your life as a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough."
At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; she knows that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; she knows that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world. And he'll do whatever it takes to keep her with him. She doesn't know why she feels so different from the other girls at school; she doesn't know why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see; she doesn't know why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done and she doesn't know what her daddy will do when he finds out...
Sometimes strength is not the same as courage. Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape. Sometimes surviving isn't enough.
It's a hot June morning when homicide detectives Magozzi and Rolseth discover the body in the woods. And the playing card left with the victims points to something even more disturbing - the trademark of a serial killer, intent on playing out the deck.
Meanwhile Grace MacBride and her team have been working on a private missing person's investigation. But when Magozzi and Gino turn to Grace for help, they realize the evidence is bafflingly entangled.
And to find the connection between a missing woman, a serial killer, and a decades-old stabbing they must confront the worst kind of evil.
Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow takes solace in the mysteries she reads with her devoted father–and soon she is writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, complex crime stories that reflect skill, imagination, and talent far beyond her years. After her father’s untimely death, at fourteen Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds twenty-six mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift.
Alex writes in every spare moment, gripped by the plots and themes and characters that fill her mind. Midway through college, she has finished a novel–and manages to find a seasoned agent, then a publisher. But as she climbs the ladder of publishing success, she resolutely adheres to her father’s admonition: Men read crime thrillers by men only–and so Alexandra Winslow publishes under the pseudonym Alexander Green, her true identity known known only to those closest to her, creating a double life that isolates her.
Her secret life as the mysterious and brilliantly successful Alexander Green–and her own life as a talented young woman–expose her to the envious, the arrogant, and Hollywood players who have no idea who she really is. Always, the right time to open up seems just out of reach, and would cost her dearly. Once her double life and fame are established, the price of the truth is always too high.
’n Deernisvolle verhoudingsroman oor borskanker en die invloed daarvan op verhoudings. Nadine se wÍreld stort in duie wanneer ’n doodgewone doktersafspraak ’n skrikwekkende vonnis oplewer. Skielik moet sy nie net borskanker se onmenslike aanslae op haar gesondheid, menslikheid en vroulikheid leer hanteer nie, maar ook die reaksies van hul vriendekring en haar man, Pierre. Maar ook Pierre voel magteloos. Hy soek desperaat na antwoorde en begin stelsematig sy plek in hul verhouding bevraagteken. Hoe het hulle onderskeie rolle binne hulle huwelik verander? Sal hulle ooit eendag ouers kan wees?
Hoe leer Nadine en Pierre om mekaar weer opnuut te ondersteun? In Gister is verby wys Aggenbach hoe geliefdes, te midde van talle strukelblokke, kan groei en saam sterk kan word.
In hierdie bundel sal jy vergeefs soek na voorspelbaarheid. Want die liefde het vele gesigte, en nie almal is mooi nie.
Kerneels Breytenbach, Christine Barkhuizen Le-Roux, Erika Murray-Theron, Helene de Kock, Keina Swart, Jaco Jacobs en vele meer skryf oor die liefde in al sy vele gedaantes: moederliefde, onvoorwaardelike liefde, gewelddadige liefde, verbode liefde, erotiese liefde, liefde tot die dood toe ...
Want die liefde verdra alles, maar die liefde het dikwels tande.
Die briljante chirurg Geert Bouwman kom by die Mediclinic op Stellenbosch locum. Teatersuster Naomi Roux is glad nie ingenome met die idee dat sy ’n oog oor sy doen en late moet hou terwyl hy in sy tante se huis woon nie. Sy huur tog net die woonstel en ateljee by tant Merel. Maar Geert en Naomi is gedurig in mekaar se geselskap en hulle werk goed saam. Hoe kan sy onbetrokke staan teenoor ’n man soos dokter Geert Bouwman?
Diť nuwe spanningsroman delf diep in Ella se verlede. Elf jaar gelede is haar pa amper noodlottig gewond, en die skuldige, Arthur Wilky, word nou weens goeie gedrag op parool vrygelaat. Binne weke is daar egter nuwe moorde – en van die slagoffers is voormalige tronkmaats van Wilky. Hoekom kan Ella se speurderkollegas nie die verbintenisse raaksien nie? Selfs kolonel Silas wil nie ag slaan op haar vermoedens nie . .
Wiandri Rosseau keer terug na haar geliefde plattelandse Huis Groeneweide in Beminde vreemdeling. Die stroewe nutsman Floors bly ook nou daar. Wie Ūs hy nou eintlik? Die dorp gons behoorlik wanneer Zandri op Wyedraai aanland in Ruiter van my drome. ’n Gesiene familie het haar in Londen aangetref met ’n kind. Ou vriende kyk Zandri nou met afkeer aan en Ferdinand, haar tienerliefde, het baie verander. Wie is die vrou uit sy verlede?
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