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January – June 2012

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17 Original Non-Fiction

44 Paperback Fiction

49 Paperback Non-Fiction

52 Childrens

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The Dead Witness A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Detective Stories

Michael Sims The greatest ever Victorian detective stories The Dead Witness is the first known detective story by a woman, a suspenseful clue-strewn manhunt in the Outback. This forgotten treasure sets the tone for the whole anthology as surprises appear from every direction. Holmes himself is here of course—not in another reprint but in the first Holmes case, in which the great man meets and dazzles Watson. Authors range from Dickens to the forgotten author who helped inspire Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, the first real detective story. This unique collection reveals the fascinating stories that would inspire the most popular fiction of the twentieth century.

PRICE: $35.00 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: ROYAL HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408818633 PUB DATE: JANUARY 2012

Michael Sims is the author of the acclaimed Dracula’s Guest: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories and the editor of the Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime and The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime. He is also the author of The Story of Charlotte’s Web. He lives in western Pennsylvania.

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Purgatory Tomás Eloy Martínez The memorable final novel by the author of The Tango Singer, one of Latin America’s leading novelists until his death in January 2010

Purgatory begins ‘Simón Cardoso had been dead for thirty years when Emilia Dupuy, his wife, found him at lunchtime in the dining room of Trudy Tuesday.’ Testimonies confirmed that Simón had been one of the thousands of victims of Argentina’s military regime—arrested, tortured and executed for being a ‘subversive’. The Simón that Emilia has found is identical to the man she lost three decades ago. Eloy Martínez masterfully peels away layer upon layer of history— just as Simón’s disappearance comes to represent the thousands of disappearances that were such a common occurrence during the dictatorship, so Emilia’s refusal to accept his death mirror’s the country’s unwillingness to face its reality. PRICE: $35.00 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408811450 PUB DATE: JANUARY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Tomás Eloy Martínez was born in Argentina in 1934. During the military dictatorship, he lived in exile in Venezuela where he wrote his first three books. The Tango Singer was shortlisted for the 2005 International Man Booker Prize.


Delicacy David Foenkinos Soon to be a major motion picture starring Audrey Tautou Natalie isn’t certain of anything anymore. One minute she is a happily married young woman, successful in her career, and convinced the future is full of promise, but then her husband is run over and her whole world is turned upside down ... Years later, still bruised with grief but desperate to move on with her life, she impulsively kisses her colleague Marcus. For Natalie, the kiss is just a gratuitous act. For the awkward, unassuming Marcus, it is the moment at which he falls hopelessly, helplessly in love. But how will he ever convince such a beautiful, intelligent but confused young woman that he is the man who can bring her back to life? David Foenkinos’s novels have been translated into fifteen languages. Delicacy was nominated for all five major French literary prizes—the first novel ever to win that distinction. He lives in Paris.

PRICE: $19.99 NZ$24.99 FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408827574 PUB DATE: JANUARY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

In Darkness Nick Lake The audacious and astounding story of a boy, a revolutionary leader, and a bridge across the centuries of Haitian history Trapped beneath the rubble of the Haitian earthquake of 2010, a teenage boy is terrified and alone. A child of the slums, Shorty has been drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule his broken city, a world that turns dreams into dust and boys into killers. But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge that fires his resolve to find his twin sister, stolen from him seven years ago. In darkness the line between the present and the past begins to blur and, as Shorty fights for life, his struggle becomes part of a two-hundred-year-old story—a story of courage and betrayal, freedom and hope. For Shorty may not be quite as alone as he believes ... Nick Lake is the Editorial Director for Fiction at HarperCollins Children’s Books and is the author of The Secret Ministry of Frost and Blood Ninja. In Darkness is his first book for adults and older teen readers. He discovered Haitian culture as part of his Master’s degree and has since been fascinated by it. He lives in the UK.

PRICE: $24.99 NZ$28.99 FORMAT: DEMY PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408819975 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Jack Holmes and His Friend Edmund White A dazzling, perceptive and beautifully sculpted exploration of sexuality and sensibility from one of the foremost writers of our time Jack Holmes is in love. Sadly for him, his feelings are not returned, at least not in the way he would like them to be. It doesn’t look as if there will ever be anyone else he falls for: the other men he takes to bed never stay for long. Jack will introduce his friend Will to the woman he will marry, and against the charged backdrop of sixties New York—literary and intense, before gay liberation—the lives of Jack and Will intertwine, and as their loves come and go, they will always be, at the very least, friends.

PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408815175

Edmund White is the author of A Boy’s Own Story, My Lives, The Flâneur, Hotel de Dream and the memoir City Boy. He is an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters and has won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in New York City and teaches at Princeton University.

PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Out Of It Selma Dabbagh Welcome to family life in modern-day Gaza Gaza is being bombed. Rashid—an unemployed twenty-seven year old, who has stayed up smoking grass watching it happen— wakes to hear that he’s got the escape route he’s been waiting for: a scholarship to London. His twin sister, Iman—frustrated by the atrocities and inaction around her—is beginning to take an interest in an Islamic resistance group. Written with extraordinary humanity and humour, and moving between Gaza, London and the Gulf, Out of It is a tale that redefines Palestine and its people. It follows the lives of Rashid and Iman as they try to forge paths for themselves in the midst of occupation, religious fundamentalism and the divisions between Palestinian factions. It tells of family secrets, unlikely love stories and unburied tragedies as it captures the frustrations and energies of the modern Arab world. PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408821305 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian writer based in London. Her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies, including those published by Granta and International PEN. They have also been nominated for the International PEN David TK Wong Award and the Pushcart Prize. Out of It is her first novel.


The Coward’s Tale Vanessa Gebbie Poignant, poetic and spiked with humour: a novel about guilt and atonement, kinship and kindness, and the reverberations of the past The boy Laddy Merridew, sent to stay with his grandmother, stumbles off the bus into a small Welsh mining community where he begins an unlikely friendship with old Ianto Passchendaele Jenkins, the local beggar-storyteller. Ianto is watchman over the legacy of the collapse of Kindly Light Pit, a disaster that happened years ago but which still echoes through the lives of many in the town. Men like Icarus Evans, Half Harris and Tutt Bevan—not forgetting the enigmatic Ianto Passchendaele Jenkins himself, whose stories of loyalty and betrayal, loss and love form an unforgettable, spellbinding tapestry. Vanessa Gebbie is the author of two collections of stories. She has won numerous awards for her short fiction and an extract from The Coward’s Tale won the Daily Telegraph ‘Novel in a Year’ Competition. She lives in Sussex.

PRICE: $32.99 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: DEMY HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408821565 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

The Prisoner of Paradise Romesh Gunesekera A fresh and beguiling story of slavery, freedom, identity and forbidden love from the Booker-shortlisted author of Reef Lucy Gladwell arrives in Mauritius from England to live with her aunt and uncle at their grand plantation house. Under the surface of this beautiful island paradise, poised between India and Africa, there is unease, and Lucy cannot help but feel discomfited by the restrictions she sees around her, and by the strangely attractive Don Lambodar, a young translator from Ceylon. It is 1825: the age of slavery is coming to its messy end, and word is lapping against the shores of the island of a charismatic new Indian leader who will shine the light of liberty. For Lucy, for Don, for everyone on the island, a devastating storm is coming... Romesh Gunesekera is the author of Reef, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize, The Sandglass, winner of the BBC Asia Award and Heaven’s Edge, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He grew up in Sri Lanka and the Philippines and now lives in London.

PRICE: $27.99 NZ$35.00 FORMAT: DEMY PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408825662 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Waiting for Sunrise William Boyd A thrilling, plot-twisting new novel from the bestselling author of Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with eminent psychiatrist, Dr Bensimon. Sitting in the waiting room he is anxiously pondering the intimate nature of his neurosis when a young woman enters. Lysander is immediately drawn to her strange, hazel eyes and her unusual, intense beauty. Her name is Hettie Bull. Their subsequent affair is both passionate and particularly destructive. Moving from Vienna to London’s West End, from the battlefields of France to hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche, a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe, a plot-twisting thriller and a literary tour de force. PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408818589 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

William Boyd is the author of ten novels, including An Ice-Cream War, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year; and, most recently, the bestselling Ordinary Thunderstorms. He lives in London and France.

This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You Jon McGregor An extraordinary collection of stories from the critically acclaimed author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable

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A man builds a tree house by a river, in anticipation of the coming flood. A young woman is almost killed when a sugar-beet crashes through her windscreen. A father is arrested when he tries to watch his daughter’s school nativity play. A pair of itinerant labourers sit by a lake, talking about shovels and sex, while fighter-planes fly low overhead. These delicate, dangerous and sometimes deeply funny stories tell of familiar places made strange—of lives where much is hidden, much is at risk, and tender moments are hard-won. PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408809266 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Jon McGregor is the author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, So Many Ways to Begin and Even the Dogs. He is the winner of the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award, and has twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in the UK.


The Golden Scales A Makana Mystery

Parker Bilal A lost child. A missing hero. A bitter rivalry. Makana is a former police inspector who fled from his native Sudan and now lives on a rickety Nile houseboat in Cairo. Out of the blue he is called in by the notorious and powerful Saad Hanafi, the owner of a star-studded football team. Their most valuable player has just vanished, and the disappearance threatens to bring down not only Hanafi’s private empire but the entire country. Thrust into a dangerous and glittering world, Makana encounters Muslim extremists, Russian gangsters and a desperate mother hunting for her missing daughter. Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub. Born in London, he has lived at various times in the UK, Sudan, Cairo and Denmark. He currently lives in Barcelona.

PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408824894 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Diving Belles Lucy Wood A luminous and startling collection from a spectacular new voice in contemporary fiction Along Cornwall’s coast, from time to time, the flotsam and jetsam of the past becomes caught in the cross-currents of the present and a certain kind of magic floats to the surface … Straying husbands lured into the sea can be fetched back, for a fee. Trees can make wishes come true—if you know how to wish properly first. Houses creak, fill with water and keep a fretful watch on their inhabitants. On a windy beach, a small boy and his grandmother keep despair at bay with an old white door. In these stories, hopes, regrets and memories are entangled with catfish, wreckers’ lamps and baying hounds as Cornish folklore slips into everyday life. Lucy Wood has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Exeter University. She grew up in Cornwall. Diving Belles is her first work. PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408816851 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Closure Limited And Other Stories From the Zombie Wars

Max Brooks Set in the same terrifying universe as Max Brooks million-selling World War Z and is soon to be released as a blockbuster film starring Brad Pitt With Max Brooks’s brilliant imagination, the plots range from a company staffed by human survivors created to offer gory recreational revenge on their former zombie attackers, to the story of a vampire who realises too late that he will have nothing left to drink as the zombies wipe out his human blood supply. Written in his trademark style, these tales combine horror, drama, and socio-political commentary to explore the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. PRICE: $10.99 NZ$13.99 FORMAT: A-FORMAT HARDBACK ISBN: 9780715642931 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012

Max Brooks is the author of the two bestsellers, The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, which is now a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt. He has also written for Saturday Night Live, for which he won an Emmy, and is son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.

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Homesick Roshi Fernando Brick Lane meets Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand in this stunning, prize-winner It is New Year’s Eve, 1982, and the whole gang is at Victor and Nandini’s house. The Godfather is on repeat upstairs. Baila music is blaring from the record player in the lounge. Poppadoms are frying in the kitchen. And Preethi, tipsy on youth and friendship and covert cigarettes out the window, just wants to belong. But what does that mean, to belong? From that New Year’s party to a family funeral, via ghetto blasters and growing pains, through 7/7 and the world according to Charlie Chaplin, life in all of its complexity happens to Preethi, Nil, Lolly, Rohan, and their tightly knotted Sri Lankan families in south London.

PRICE: $27.99 NZ$35.00 FORMAT: DEMY PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408826362 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Roshi Fernando was born in London of Sri Lankan parents. She won the 2009 Impress Prize for New Writers, was shortlisted for the 2011 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award, longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, was given a special commendation by the judges of the Manchester Fiction Prize and was longlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Fish Prize. She lives in the UK.


Painter of Silence Georgina Harding An intimate and devastating portrait of Romania during and after the Second World War Iasi, Romania, the early 1950s. A nameless man is found on the steps of the hospital. He is deaf and mute but a young nurse called Safta knows him from the past, and brings paper and pencils so that he might draw. Gradually, memories appear on the page: the man is Augustin, the cook’s son at the manor house at Poiana where Safta was the privileged daughter. Born six months apart, they had a connection that bypassed words, but while Augustin’s world stayed the same size Safta’s expanded to embrace languages, society—and a fleeting love one long hot summer. But then came war, and in its wake a brutal Stalinist regime, and nothing would remain the same. Georgina Harding is the author of two acclaimed novels: The Solitude of Thomas Cave and The Spy Game, shortlisted for the Encore Prize. Her first book was a work of non-fiction, In Another Europe, recording a journey across Romania during the worst times of the Ceausescu regime. She lives in the UK.

PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: DEMY PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408824467 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Dead Men Richard Pierce A gripping historical novel based on the death and legend of Captain Scott Since the discovery of Captain Scott’s body in the Antarctic, one mystery remains—why did he and his companions spend their last ten days in a tent eleven miles from the safety of a depot that promised food and shelter? Birdie Bowers, an infamously secretive painter, is a woman with a dead man’s name. Her parents were fascinated by her relative, Henry ‘Birdie’ Bowers, one of Scott’s companions. A hundred years after his death, she is determined to discover what really happened to him. Dead Men tells the story of two journeys. One is a tragic journey of exploration on the world’s coldest continent, the other one of present day self-discovery and passion. Dead Men is a novel about obsession, life and death, and the redemptive power of love.

PRICE: $19.99 NZ$24.99 FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK

Richard Pierce lives in the UK, this is his first novel.

ISBN: 9780715642962 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 IMPRINT: DUCKWORTH

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Bundu Chris Barnard The people and the animals of Africa—the heights of their beauty and the depths of their despair In a place near Mozambique drought is changing everything. Tens then hundreds of people seek refuge in a forgotten outpost where a clinic is run by lonely souls of uncertain training, nuns staunchly determined to serve. But the inundation soon becomes too much for them. Then Brand de la Rey, an ecologist who is researching the local baboons, organises a desperate mission for more supplies using a damaged aeroplane … Bundu is a love story and a meditation on the mystery of our powers and the limitations that we share with our brothers, the animals.

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Chris Barnard has published thirty books. He currently lives on a farm next to the Hartebeespoort dam, cultivating oranges and macadamia nuts.

FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781846881763 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 IMPRINT: ALMA BOOKS

The Jaguar’s Dream John Kinsella A personal journey through the works of poets that most influenced Kinsella’s work Using a vast array of interpretative techniques, Kinsella takes the reader from the intense and chthonic animal poems of the Parnassian Leconte de Lisle, who spent much of his younger life on his birth island of Bourbon (La Réunion), through linguistically innovative remakings of Tristan Tzara’s Dadaist poetry, to enigmatic investigations of the brilliant twentieth-century poet of witness, fragmentation and reconstitution of language, Paul Celan. John Kinsella is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, criticism and drama. He is the editor of The Penguin Book of Australian Poetry and is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University and a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. PRICE: $24.99 NZ$29.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781846881879 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 IMPRINT: HERLA

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The Forrests Emily Perkins An extraordinary literary novel that charts a life from cradle to grave—this is prize-winning author Emily Perkins’s greatest work to date Dorothy Forrest is immersed in the sensory world around her; she lives in the flickering moment. From the age of seven, when her odd, disenfranchised family moves from New York City to the wide skies of Auckland, to the very end of her life, this is her great gift and possible misfortune. In a narrative that shifts and moves, growing as wild as the characters, The Forrests sings with colour and memory and speaks of family and time, dysfunction, ageing and loneliness, about heat, youth, and how life can change if ‘you’re lucky enough to be around for it’. Emily Perkins is the author of Not Her Real Name, a collection of short stories which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the novels Leave Before You Go, The New Girl and Novel About My Wife, winner of the Believer Award. She lives in New Zealand.

PRICE: $27.99 NZ$35.00 FORMAT: DEMY PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408818916 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

I Am An Executioner Love Stories

Rajesh Parameswaran Glittering, savage, elegant—introducing an astonishing new literary talent A Bengal tiger wakes up one morning realising he is ravenously in love. A pompous railway supervisor in a small Indian village bites off more than he can chew when a peculiar new clerk arrives on his doorstep. In another place and in another time, a secret agent who spends her days watching the front door of an unknown quarry discovers something she isn’t meant to. And a small and famous country’s only executioner claims his conscience is as clean as his heavy, washed stones. Here reality loops in Borgesian twists and dazzles with cinematic exuberance; frayed photographs take on a life of their own while elephants wish only to die with dignity. Award-winning writer Rajesh Parameswaran’s short stories have appeared in Granta and McSweeney’s among others. He lives in New York.

PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408825747 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Life! Death! Prizes! Stephen May Poignant, funny, and with echoes of Roddy Doyle, Dave Eggers and Jimmy McGovern, this is a story of grief, resilience and brotherly love Billy’s mother is dead. He knows—because he reads about it in magazines—that people die every day in ways that are more random and tragic than hers, but for nineteen-year-old Billy and his little brother, Oscar, their mother’s death in a bungled street robbery is the most random and tragic thing that could possibly have happened to them. Now Billy is both mother and father to Oscar, despite what his aunt, the social services and Oscar’s own prodigal father all think is best. The boys’ new world is built out of chaos and fierce love, but as Billy’s obsession with his mother’s missing killer grows, he risks losing sight of the one thing that really matters … PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408819135

Stephen May’s first novel, Tag, was published by a small Welsh press and won the Reader’s Choice at the Welsh Book of the Year 2009. He also writes for television and theatre, and lives in the UK.

PUB DATE: MAY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

The Namesake An Alec Blume Novel

Conor Fitzgerald ‘Fills the gap left by Michael Dibdin’ Sunday Times When magistrate Matteo Arconti’s namesake, an insurance man from Milan, is found dead outside the courthouse in Piazza Clodio, it’s a clear warning to the authorities in Rome—a message of defiance and intimidation. Handing control of the investigation to now live-in and not-so-secret partner Caterina Mattiola, Blume takes a back seat. But while Caterina questions the Milanese widow, Commissioner Alec Blume has an underhand idea of his own to lure an arrogant mafioso out of his hiding place …

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Conor Fitzgerald is the author of The Dogs of Rome, shortlisted for the 2011 CWA John Creasy Dagger Award for the best first crime novel and The Fatal Touch. The Namesake is the third in his series of Italian crime novels featuring Alec Blume. He has lived in Ireland, the UK, the USA and Italy.


The Light of Amsterdam David Park ‘David Park writes prose of gravity and grace’ Joseph O’Connor, Guardian It is December in Belfast, Christmas is approaching and three sets of people are about to make their way to Amsterdam. Alan, a university art teacher, goes on a pilgrimage to the city of his youth with troubled teenage son Jack; middle-aged couple Marion and Richard take a break from running their garden centre to celebrate Marion’s birthday; and Karen, a single mother struggling to make ends meet, joins her daughter’s hen party. As these people brush against each other in the squares, museums and parks of Amsterdam, their lives are transfigured. Tender and humane, The Light of Amsterdam is a novel of compassion and rare dignity. David Park is the author of the acclaimed The Truth Commissioner, winner of the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize. He has also been shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year Award, twice. He lives in Northern Ireland.

PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408825280 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

A Curable Romantic Joseph Skibell ‘Intellectual comedy of the highest order’ J.M. Coetzee As far as romance goes, Jakob Sammelsohn is fairly incurable. A young Jewish oculist, Jakob is twice married - once divorced and once widowed—all by the age of twelve. He flees his small village, and makes his way to dazzling Vienna, but a dybbuk, a demonic spirit from Yiddish folklore who was once his unwanted bride, trails Jakob throughout the novel and challenges his beliefs in a world of science. Travelling from Vienna to Warsaw, Jakob is patronised by three mentors, all real-life luminaries: Sigmund Freud; L. L. Zamenhof, the founder of Esperanto; and Rav Kalonymos Kalmish Szapira, a rabbi who refuses to abandon his faith in the darkest moments of the Nazi genocide. Skibell skilfully combines Jakob’s fictional tale with the facts of these men’s lives, weaving each of the threads into a love story stretching decades, and with each stirs up debate about the purpose of faith in the modern world.

PRICE: $35.00 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: ROYAL HARDBACK ISBN: 9780715643006

Joseph Skibell is the author of A Blessing on the Moon and The English Disease.

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Brilliance Anthony McCarten Witty, magical, furious, Brilliance is an indelible portrait of the times in which we now live Short of money, the inventor Thomas Edison is captivated by the charismatic figure of J.P. Morgan, the ‘world’s banker’. Accepting Morgan’s glittering offer of almost unlimited cash in return for helping the man change the way the world does business, Edison sees himself descend from being the godlike inventor of electric light to being complicit in the invention of the electric chair. Ever more enmeshed in Morgan’s personal life, he becomes infatuated by a world of privilege and power, where duty and desire, faith and immorality are thrown into conflict, ultimately threatening his own spiritual and creative survival.

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Born in New Zealand, Anthony McCarten is a novelist, film-maker and playwright. His novels have been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in London.

ISBN: 9781846881787 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 IMPRINT: ALMA BOOKS

The Silence of Gethsemane Michel Benoît A new novel from the bestselling author of The

Thirteenth Apostle

On the night of Easter, in the midst of an olive grove, a young rabbi from Galilee is waiting. He knows that his people have abandoned him, that he will be arrested. Alone with the stars, he relives the events which have changed his life—his meeting with John the Baptist, his stay in the desert, followed by his two years of wandering —and reiterates his personal message to the world, a message which was misunderstood by his followers, rejected by the authorities and ultimately leads to his betrayal and downfall. Based on rigorous research and analysis, Michel Benoît’s lively and entertaining novel gives voice to an ordinary man whose teachings, subsequently distorted by the church establishment, delivered words of hope. PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781846881794 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 IMPRINT: ALMA BOOKS

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Religious scholar and novelist Michel Benoît studied under Nobel Prize winner Jacques Monod and entered the Benedectine order as an unordained monk, remaining there for twenty-two years. Because of his ideological non-conformity, he eventually quit the Catholic Church.


Canada Richard Ford The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s greatest novel to date In 1956, Del Parsons’ family came to a stop in Great Falls, Montana, the way many military families did. His father, Bev, was a talkative airman from Alabama with an optimistic and easy-scheming nature. Their mother Neeva—shy, artistic—was alienated from their father’s small-town world. It was more bad instincts and bad luck that Del’s parents decided to rob the bank. They weren’t reckless people. In the days following the arrest, Del is saved before the authorities arrive. Driving across Montana his life hurtles towards the unknown; a hotel in a deserted town, the violent and enigmatic Arthur Remlinger, and towards Canada itself. But as Del discovers, in this new world of secrets and upheaval, he is not the only one whose past lies on the other side of a border. Richard Ford has published six novels including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, A Multitude of Sins and The Lay of the Land. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and the PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes. Richard Ford lives in the USA.

PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408815168 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death The Grantchester Mysteries

James Runcie The first in a series of detective novels which move from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 to the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981 Introducing an unforgettable new hero—Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a thirty-two-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the Police cannot, eliciting surprising revelations and confessions from his parishioners. Alongside his inquiries, Sidney also manages to find time to enjoy cricket, warm beer, hot jazz, and the company an attractive, lively young woman called Amanda.

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James Runcie is the Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival and author of four novels, including Canvey Island and East Fortune. He is also an award-winning film-maker. He lives in Scotland.

ISBN: 9781408826416 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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The Trapeze Artist Will Davis An exceptional, break-out, coming-of-age novel by the author of the Betty Task Prize winning My Side of the

Story

The Trapeze Artist draws together the past, present and future of one life to create a work of startling dexterity and vision—a haunting and heartbreaking account of a child, a boy, a man, desperate to free himself from the suffocating weight of his desires, his family and his grief. It speaks of what it is to grow up gay in a straight world, to be unable to communicate with those you love, of the sweat, passions and tempers of circus life, and above all, the joyous longing to break free, and to swing higher and higher ...

PRICE: $32.99 NZ$39.99

Will Davis is the author of My Side of the Story, which won the Betty Trask Prize 2007, and Dream Machine. He has trained as an aerialist and specializes in corde lisse (rope), tissu (silks) and static trapeze. He lives in London.

FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408823040 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Ignorance Michèle Roberts A mesmerising exploration of guilt, faith, desire and judgment set in wartime France, by Booker-shortlisted author Michèle Roberts Jeanne and Marie-Angèle grow up in the Catholic village of Ste Madeleine. Marie-Angèle is the daughter of the grocer, inflated with ideas of her rightful place in society; Jeanne’s mother washes clothes for a living and used to be a Jew. When war arrives, the village must play its part in a game for which no one knows the rules—not the dubious hero who embroils Marie-Angèle in the black market, nor the artist living alone with his red canvases. In these uncertain times, the enemy may be hiding in your garden shed and the truth can be buried under a pyramid of recriminations. Ignorance brings to life a people at war in a way that is at once lyrical and shocking.

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Michèle Roberts is the author of twelve highly acclaimed novels, including The Looking Glass and Daughters of the House, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Half-English and half-French, Michèle lives in London.


I Was Born There, I Was Born Here Mourid Barghouti A moving journey to Palestine In 1996 Barghouti went back to his Palestinian home for the first time since exile following the Six-Day War in 1967 and wrote a poignant account of the exile’s lot in his acclaimed memoir I Saw Ramallah. In 2003 he returned to introduce his Cairo-born son to his Palestinian family. I Was Born There, I Was Born Here traces Barghouti’s own life in recent years and in the past—his early life in Palestine, expulsion from Cairo, exile to Budapest, marriage to one of Egypt’s leading writers and critics and the birth of his son. Beautifully rendered by the prize-winning translator Humphrey Davies, I Was Born There, I Was Born Here, is destined, like its predecessor, to become a classic. Mourid Barghouti has published thirteen books of poetry in Arabic and was awarded the Palestine Award for Poetry in 2000. He lives in Cairo with his wife, the novelist Radwa Ashour.

PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408815588 PUB DATE: JANUARY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

The Chronology of Pattern Pattern in Art from Lotus Flower to Flower Power

Diana Newall & Christina Unwin A glorious, highly illustrated look at the history of pattern from ancient times up to the present. The Chronology of Pattern draws the patterns from the worlds of textiles, paintings, manuscripts and architecture. It is divided into chapters each covering separate centuries. The result is not only a visual delight but an excellent sourcebook that will be useful for all artists who use patterns in their work. The Chronology of Pattern is a must on the reference shelves of all those working in the visual arts. PRICE: $55.00 NZ$69.99

Diana Newall completed her doctoral studies at the Courtald Institute of Art. She is author of Appreciating Art (2008) and coauthor of Art History: The Basics.

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Christina Unwin is a graduate in archaeology from University College London, a postgraduate in design from the London College of Printing and works as a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and exhibition designer. ORIGINAL NON-FICTION ORIGINAL FICTION 17


The Mechanical Bride Folklore of Industrial Man

Marshall McLuhan The book that established McLuhan’s reputation as the foremost critic of mass-communication We live in an age in which legions of highly educated professionals dedicate themselves to the task of getting inside the collective public mind with the object of manipulating, exploiting and controlling. The Mechanical Bride is vintage McLuhan so aptly illustrated by dozens of examples from ads, comic strips, columnists, etc., that those who were stung by McLuhan were hard put for rebuttals.

PRICE: $35.00 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9780715641354 PUB DATE: JANUARY 2012

Marshall McLuhan is internationally recognised as one of the great pioneering philosophers of media studies and one of the most provocative, talked-about and controversial thinkers of our times. His work continues to influence a number of disciplines, in particular media studies, modern art and semiotics.

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The Woman in the Mirror How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like with Who You Are

Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D. Escape the body image trap Many women—regardless of income, size, shape, ethnicity, and age—are uncomfortable in their own skin. We fixate on our body image and try endless diets, implants, Botox, hair extensions, and new shoes, but it’s never enough. The problem is that girls and women have been socialised to conflate body-esteem (how you think and feel about your physical appearance) with self-esteem (how you think and feel about your personality, your role in relationships, your accomplishments, and values). The Woman in the Mirror teaches you how to disentangle your self-esteem from body esteem and reclaim your self-confidence and respect and love who you are. PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408828045 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D is the Distinguished Professor of eating disorders in the University of North Carolina, Professor of Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. She has been featured in Vogue, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the co-author of Runaway Eating (with Nadine Taylor).


El Narco Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency

Ioan Grillo The gripping account of the out-of-control drug wars that have brought chaos to Mexico, and are now spilling over into the United States As rival cartels battle for control of a billion-dollar drug trade in Mexico, the body count – 23,000 dead in five years – and the sheer horror beggar the imagination. Veteran Mexico correspondent Ioan Grillo tells the story of the ultraviolent criminal organisations that have turned huge areas of Mexico into a combat zone. El Narco is a piercing portrait of a drug trade that turns ordinary men into mass murderers and also a diagnosis of what drives the cartels and what gives them such power, tracing the gangs from their origins as smugglers to their present eminence as rulers of criminal empires. PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99

Ioan Grillo has covered Mexico since 2001 for top newspapers, magazines and TV stations in the US and UK. Educated in Britain, he reports for Time magazine and regularly appears on radio and TV, commenting on Mexican crime and other issues.

FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408826348 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Demon Fish Travels through the Hidden World of Sharks

Juliet Eilperin In this eye-opening adventure, which spans the globe, Juliet Eilperin explores why, after millions of years, sharks remain among nature’s most awe-inspiring creatures From the Bahamas, to South Africa, to Shanghai, sharks are still the object of an obsession that may eventually lead to their extinction. This is why film stars go big-game fishing in Miami and why shark’s fin soup is a coveted status symbol in China. Yet people and sharks can also exist alongside each other: surfers tolerate their presence and eco-tourists swim with sharks that locals no longer need to hunt. Juliet Eilperin is the environmental reporter for The Washington Post where she writes about science, policy and politics on subjects ranging from climate change to oceans. She is a graduate of Princeton University and lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

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What’s the Economy For, Anyway? Why It’s Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness

John de Graaf & David Batker Named Best Business Book by Publishers Weekly In this funny, readable, and thought-provoking book based on the popular film of the same name, activists John de Graaf and David Batker tackle thirteen economic issues, challenging the reader to consider the point of our economy. Beginning by shattering our fetish for GDP, What’s the Economy For, Anyway? offers a fresh perspective on quality of life, health, security, work-life balance, leisure, social justice, and perhaps most important, sustainability. PRICE: $32.99 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781608195107 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

John de Graaf is a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and overconsumption. He is the co-author of the best-selling Affluenza. David Batker is a fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. He is the director of Earth Economics, a firm which provides ecologically-oriented economic analysis.

Build Your Own Time Machine Brian Clegg The real science of time travel There is no physical law to prevent time travel—nothing in physics to say that it is not possible. So surely having a time machine is just a matter of ... time. In Build Your Own Time Machine, Brian Clegg takes inspiration from his childhood heroes of Doctor Who and H. G. Wells to explain the nature of time. How do we understand it and why measure it the way we do? How did the theories of one man change the way it was perceived by the world? By clearly explaining the most famous of Einstein’s theories, those of special and general relativity, Clegg applies them to the laws of time to show the real science of time travel and how possible it really is.

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Brian Clegg read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. He has his own consultancy business whose clients include the BBC, GlaxoSmithKline and the Treasury. His popular science books including Inflight Science and Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable.


Epic Win For Anonymous How 4Chan’s Anonymous Army Conquered the Web

Cole Stryker The first book on the meteoric rise of the 4chan, the anonymous web community that dominates today’s news 4chan spawned the group Anonymous, which famously defended WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by hacking and taking down MasterCard’s and Visa’s Web sites. Created by a 14-year-old wunderkind in 2003, it is the creative force behind the Web’s most infectious memes and catchphrases. Today it has over 5 million users, with enormous social influence to match. Epic Win proves 4chan’s transformative cultural impact, and how it has influenced— and will continue to influence—society at large.

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Cole Stryker is a long time blogger and 4chan manger. He has written for Nerve, Popmatters and appeared on Al Jazeera’s Global Village Voices television program.

ISBN: 9780715642832 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 IMPRINT: DUCKWORTH

The Commandant Rudolf Hoess

edited by Jürg Amman and introduced by Ian Buruma

The unsparing true account by Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess, in his own words Rudolf Hoess was the first commandant at Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Imprisoned and awaiting execution after the war, Hoess wrote a large-scale autobiography, which Jürg Amann has artfully edited to produce a monstrous monologue in Hoess’s own words—The Commandant. In addition to Hoess’s early childhood and ascent through the ranks of the SS, it presents the atrocities and mass executions at Auschwitz from the perspective of the camp’s highest overseer. This first-hand account provides disturbing insight into Hitler’s ‘final solution’ and into the nature of evil itself. Rudolf Hoess (1900–1947) was the commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp. He was found guilty of murder and executed by hanging at Auschwitz on April 16, 1947.

PRICE: $19.99 NZ$24.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9780715641620 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 IMPRINT: DUCKWORTH

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Shock Value How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror

Jason Zinoman ‘Vivid, fascinating and entirely relevant’ Guillermo del Toro, Director of Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth Hollywood in the 1970s was horror’s ‘golden age’, producing classics like Rosemary’s Baby, Carrie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween. Ever since, horror has been a crucial and inventive part of cinema. Here Jason Zinoman draws on interviews with hundreds of the most important artists in horror. Shock Value describes how horror was re-created, ridding itself of the old supernatural clichés and instead portraying serial killers, extreme and baseless violence, and the fear that can be found in everyday suburbia. PRICE: $39.99 NZ$49.99 FORMAT: ROYAL HARDBACK ISBN: 9780715642986 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 IMPRINT: DUCKWORTH

Jason Zinoman is a critic and reporter covering theatre for the New York Times. He has regularly written for Vanity Fair, The Guardian, The Economist, and Slate. He was the chief theatre critic for TimeOut New York before leaving to write the On Stage and Off column in the Weekend section of the New York Times. He lives in Brooklyn.

Good in a Crisis A Memoir

Margaret Overton Honest, hopeful, hilarious—the smartest account of a woman and the calamities of mid-life since Nora Ephron’s Heartburn During the four years of physician Margaret Overton’s acrimonious divorce, she dated indiscriminately, determined to find her soul mate and live happily ever after. While dating one of many Mr Wrongs, she discovered that she had a brain aneurysm. She discovered it during sex. ‘Nearly dying is not the same as actually dying. You write your own obituary, and then go back to work the next day.’ Margaret realised that she was a care-giver who had refused to care for herself. So she set out on a course to take control of her future and finally become independent of men. PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408824351 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Margaret Overton is an anaesthesiologist. Good in a Crisis is her first book. She lives in Chicago.


Cairo My City, Our Revolution

Ahdaf Soueif The story of a revolution that surged through a nation Ahdaf Soueif—novelist, commentator, activist—was born and brought up in Cairo. When the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 erupted on January 25th, she, along with thousands of others, called Tahrir Square home for eighteen days. She reported for the world’s media and did—like everyone else—whatever she could. With a map of stories drawn from private history and public record, Soueif charts the history of her city and the story of a revolution both intimately hers and collectively Egyptian. Ahdaf Soueif is the author of five books including the bestselling novel The Map of Love, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Mezzaterra: Notes from the Common Ground, a collection of essays positioned at the intersection of culture and politics. She is the founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, PalFest, and writes regularly for the Guardian in the UK and al-Shorouk in Egypt.

PRICE: $27.99 NZ$35.00 FORMAT: DEMY PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408826072 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Make Love Like a Prairie Vole Six Steps to Passionate, Plentiful and Monogamous Sex

Andrew G Marshall A practical guide to love-making within a long-term relationship The prairie voles of the American Midwestern plains are the unlikely role models for this new guide to love. A paragon of fidelity, they mate for life, care for pups together and regularly indulge in lengthy love-making sessions. Because of this, they are studied by neuroscientists investigating the biochemical pathways of love. Marital therapist Andrew G. Marshall combines their scientific research with his twenty-five years’ professional experience to create a programme that will lead to passionate love-making and a healthy, fulfilling relationship that will stand the test of time. Andrew G. Marshall is the author of I Love You But I’m Not In Love With You, How Can I Ever Trust You Again? and the Seven Steps series of practical relationship manuals. He writes for the Mail on Sunday, The Times, the Guardian and Psychologies. He lives in the UK.

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A Card From Angela Carter Susannah Clapp A unique portrait of Angela Carter by her friend Angela Carter was one of the most vivid voices of the twentieth century. When she died at the age of fifty-one, she had published fifteen books of fiction and essays; outrage at her omission from the shortlists of any Booker Prize led to the foundation of the Orange Prize. February 2012 will be the twentieth anniversary of her death but no biographical work has yet appeared. Susannah Clapp and Angela Carter were friends for many years. The postcards that Carter sent to her form a paper trail through her life and evoke her anarchic intelligence, her fierce politics, the richness of her language, her ribaldry, and the great swoops of her imagination. Intimate, funny, unexpected, this is a miniature portrait of a unique artist.

PRICE: $21.99 NZ$27.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408826904 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012

Susannah Clapp is the author of With Chatwin, an acclaimed portrait of Bruce Chatwin. She helped to found the London Review of Books, has written for the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, the Times Literary Supplement, the New Yorker, the Observer and the Independent on Sunday. She lives in the UK.

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Bird Sense What It’s Like to Be a Bird

Tim Birkhead A lively bird book for the general reader blending personal experience, entertaining stories and cuttingedge science

PRICE: $35.00 NZ$39.99

What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding through the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings and improvises? Bird Sense answers these questions and many more by describing the senses that enable birds to interpret their environment, find food and form relationships. Our affinity with birds is often said to be the result of shared senses, but how exactly do their senses compare with our own? And what about a homing pigeon’s ability to detect the earth’s magnetic field? Or a flamingo’s to detect rain hundreds of kilometres away?

FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408820131 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Tim Birkhead is a professor at the University of Sheffield and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. Among his other books are The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Birds, The Red Canary, which won the Consul Cremer Prize, and The Wisdom of Birds. He lives in the UK.


Physics on the Fringe Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything

Margaret Wertheim Who is Jim Carter? And why isn’t mainstream science paying attention to him? For the past fifteen years, acclaimed science writer Margaret Wertheim has been collecting the works of ‘outsider physicists’. Jim Carter, the Einstein of outsiders, has developed his own complete theory of matter and energy and gravity that he demonstrates with experiments in his backyard. Captivated by the imaginative power of his theories and his resolutely DIY attitude, Wertheim has been following Carter’s progress for the past decade. Margaret Wertheim is a science writer with degrees in physics and matchematics. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian, and is the author of Pythagoras’ Trousers and The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace. She was born in Australia and now lives in the USA.

PRICE: $35.00 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9780802715135 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Survival of the Beautiful Art, Science, and Evolution

David Rothenberg A brilliant investigation of why nature is beautiful and how art has influenced science The theory of evolution as adaptation can’t explain why nature is so beautiful. And the beauty of nature is not arbitrary, even if random mutation has played a role in evolution. What can we learn from the amazing range of animal aesthetic behaviour about animals, and about ourselves? Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary examination of the interplay between beauty, art and culture in evolution. Taking inspiration from Darwin’s observation that animals have a natural aesthetic sense, philosopher David Rothenberg probes why animals, humans included, have an innate appreciation for beauty—and why nature is, indeed, beautiful. PRICE: $32.99 NZ$39.99

David Rothenberg is Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the author of Thousand Mile Song and Why Birds Sing.

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The Puzzler’s Dilemma From the Lighthouse of Alexandria to the Enigma Machine, a Fresh Look at Classic Conundrums of Logic, Mathematics and Life

Derrick Niederman A feast for the problem-solving mind The Puzzler’s Dilemma explores the world of classic logic puzzles, and tells the amazing stories behind them. Here are brain teasers that even math whizzes have never seen explored by a mind is as nimble and playful the author of Number Freak and the New York Times’s near-genius crossword setter.

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‘A man is found dead in a room, hanging from a rope with only a puddle of water beneath him: What happened?’ These are just the things to get your brain working at full speed!

FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9780715642948 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: DUCKWORTH

Derrick Niederman is the author of Number Freak. He has written a series of puzzle books and is regular contributor of crossword puzzles to The New York Times.

The Dreyfus Affair The Story of the Most Infamous Miscarriage of Justice in French History

Piers Paul Read A masterful epic of the scandal that divided France In 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a rising star in the French artillery, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island for treason. His wrongful conviction stunned the world and unleashed violent anti-Semitic passions which offered a foretaste of what would play out in the century to come. The ensuing struggle between a minority seeking justice and a military establishment determined to save face is a story rife with heroes and villains, courage and cowardice. Today, amid charged debates over national and religious identity, it throws into sharp relief the conflicts of the present. PRICE: $45.00 NZ$55.00 FORMAT: ROYAL HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408801390 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Piers Paul Read is an acclaimed novelist, historian and biographer. He is the author of Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors (adapted into the 1993 film Alive), Monk Dawson, winner of the Hawthornden Prize and Somerset Maugham Award, A Season in the West, awarded a James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and his authorised biography of the actor Alec Guinness.He lives in London.


Intel Wars The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror

Matthew M. Aid A shocking, revelatory account of how U.S. intelligence has failed in the War on Terror—and how it can recover Winston Churchill once said that ‘Americans will always do the right thing ... once they have exhausted all the alternatives.’ When it comes to America’s intelligence programs post-9/11, Churchill might be considered an optimist. Hundreds of newly declassified documents and leaked Pentagon and State Department cables show that the U.S. and her NATO allies are making the same mistakes American political and military leaders have been making for generations. Written by preeminent intelligence historian Matthew Aid, Intel Wars has all-new stories from deep sources on not just Afghanistan but the myriad failures of U.S. intelligence and security programs in the past decade.

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Matthew Aid is the author of The Secret Sentry: the definitive history of the National Security Agency, and a regular commentator on intelligence matters for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the National Journal, the Associated Press, CBS News and many others.

ISBN: 9781608194810 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Wooden Books Two new books in this series of small, clear and beautiful books which act as elegant introductions to timeless sciences and vanishing arts.

Feng Shui

UFO

A guide to the ancient Chinese system of aesthetics based on the laws of astronomy and geography

The strange history of unidentified flying objects

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The Lost History of 1914 Reconsidering World War I

Jack Beatty A brilliant new history of the year the Great War began In The Lost History of 1914, Jack Beatty offers a highly original view of World War I, challenging the long-dominant assumption that the conflict was inevitable. This deeply insightful book—as elegantly written as it is thought-provoking—lights a lost world about to be shaken to its foundations by what was perhaps the seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century. Jack Beatty is the author of The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley, Colossus: How the Corporation Changed America, and Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900. He lives in New Hampshire, USA. PRICE: $45.00 NZ$55.00 FORMAT: ROYAL HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408827963 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

A Brief Life of the Queen Robert Lacey A short illustrated life of Elizabeth II by her leading biographer for her diamond jubilee For more than thirty years Robert Lacey has been gathering material from the members of the Queen’s inner circle—her friends, relatives, private secretaries and prime ministers—and the results are distilled in this small elegant hardback. Tracing the Queen’s life through its major stages this book offers the freshness of the first-hand insights and the compelling story-telling for which Robert Lacey’s best-selling biographies are famous. Less is more. Robert Lacey is a British Historian noted for his original research, which gets him close to—and often living alongside—his subjects. He is the author of several international bestsellers including The Kingdom, a study of Saudi Arabia. PRICE: $22.99 NZ$28.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9780715642924 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: DUCKWORTH

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Quilts 1700 - 2010 Hidden Histories, Untold Stories

Sue Prichard Inspiring history of 300 years of quilt-making This groundbreaking book documents the fascinating history of quilt and patchwork production. The hidden histories and personal narratives of some of the most evocative objects in the V&A’s collection are revealed, from the origin of the ‘love poem’ on the Chapman marriage coverlet to the sources of inspiration for the intricately pieced pictorial ‘George III coverlet’. Now available in paperback, this lavishly illustrated book challenges the assumption that stitching is simply ‘women’s work’.

PRICE: $55.00 NZ$69.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781851776085 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012

Sue Prichard is Curator of Contemporary Textiles at the V&A. She is the author of V&A Pattern: The Fifties and Patchwork for Beginners.

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Japanese Street Style Pat Lyttle The first book of its kind to showcase the most innovative and cutting-edge looks in Japan today All the most influential designers such as John Galliano, Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen have looked to Tokyo for inspiration from within its rich visual culture of fine textiles and techniques. Street style in Japan combines this historic sense of style with the most contemporary and cutting-edge looks and this book includes one-of-a-kind photographs of all the major fashion tribes from Gothic Lolita and Harajuku to Dolly Kei, Ganguro and Kigurumi to the popularity of the furry tail, this is the complete contemporary Japanese fashion collection. PRICE: $39.99 NZ$49.99

Pat Lyttle is a photographer specialising in Japanese culture and street fashion. After many years photographing celebrities such as Betty Davis, Joan Collins, Diana Princess of Wales and many others, Pat became a specialist in fashion photography and later set up his own Japanese street fashion website and blog called Jstreetstyle.

FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408156711 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 IMPRINT: A&C BLACK

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Antarctica An Intimate Portrait of the World’s Most Mysterious Continent

Gabrielle Walker A natural history of the continent which also holds the key to all our futures There have been many books about Antarctica in the past, but none, until now, has managed to capture the whole story. Antarctica weaves all the significant threads—from exploration and survival, through astronomy and the science of ice cores, to what it feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people back there again and again—into an intricate tapestry. Antarctica may be the most alien place on Earth—truly like walking on another planet—and yet, in its silence, its agelessness and its mysteries lie the secrets of our past, and of our future. PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408815427 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012

Gabrielle Walker has a PhD in chemistry from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton universities. She is a consultant to New Scientist. She lives in London.

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Gin and Juice The Victorian Guide to Parenting

Tyers & Beach At last, harassed modern-day parents may profit from the wisdom of an era when Britain led the world in matters of industry, empire and child-rearing … Learn the importance of routine from Gina Fjord-Mettöd, How to Have It All from Queen Victoria (mother of nine and Empress of India), and, of course, all about the medicinal benefits of Victorian Superfoods such as Gin and Trifle. Profusely illustrated throughout, including advertisements for Bob the Empire Builder toys (‘Can We Annex It? Yes we can!’) and the amazing steam-powered breast pump (no fatalities since April), Gin and Juice will make parents everywhere wish it were 1896. PRICE: $19.99 NZ$24.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408824344 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Tyers and Beach met at Sir John Paul Getty’s private cricket ground. Tyers was, briefly, opening the batting; Beach was eyeing up the cake stand. A shared love of wordplay and ironic anachronism ensured their collaboration continued beyond the tea interval, onto the acclaimed W. G. Grace Ate My Pedalo and beyond.


City A Guidebook for the Armchair Traveller

P.D. Smith An imaginative guide to what makes cities tick For the first time in the history of the planet, more than half the population—3.3 billion people—are now living in cities. Two hundred years ago only 3 per cent of us were urbanites. Lavishly illustrated and drawing on a wide range of examples from across the world and throughout time, City contains sections on history and development, customs and language, districts and transport, work and money, monuments and markets, communications and nightlife. P. D. Smith has contributed to the Guardian, The Times, Independent and the Times Literary Supplement. His books include Doomsday Men: The Real Dr Strangelove and the Dream of the Superweapon. He lives in the UK.

PRICE: $35.00 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408824436 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY E-BOOK: 9781408811207

Titanic on Trial The Survivor’s Story

Nic Compton A compelling insight into what really happened through the voices of the survivors After the sinking of the Titanic, inquiries into the loss of the 1,517 lives were held in the UK and US, and the 1,000 or more pages of transcripts represent the most complete account of the disaster. In this book, for the first time, these transcripts have been specially edited and arranged chronologically, bringing to life the night of the sinking solely through the testimonies of those who survived it. The witnesses are transformed into characters in a much bigger story and the events are described from the perspectives of people in every part of the ship. Capturing the disbelief, chaos and terror of that fateful night, this unique book gives the story back to the people who were there.

PRICE: $19.99 NZ$24.99 FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK

Nic Compton has written for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Independent, Yachting Monthly and Yachting World. He was the editor of The Official Book of the America’s Cup Jubilee and is the author of another six books.

ISBN: 9781408140284 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 IMPRINT: ADLARD COLES

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Herbs River Cottage Handbook No.10

Nikki Duffy The perfect guide to growing and cooking herbs Herbs are the most liberating and confidence-boosting of ingredients, easy to grow and key to cooking with flair and inventiveness. Nikki Duffy gives a general introduction to choosing and using your own, as well as a catalogue of herbs, each with grow-your-own notes, flavour descriptions and mini-recipes. With an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and full-colour photographs, Herbs is a new kitchen essential. Nikki Duffy wrote a weekly food column in the Guardian and worked for three years as the River Cottage Food Editor. She is now a freelance food writer.

PRICE: $35.00 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408808832 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Every Grain of Rice Fuchsia Dunlop A ground-breaking introduction to Chinese home cooking Every Grain of Rice offers traditional dishes that are adaptable, healthy and startlingly tasty. This is not an imitation of restaurantstyle food—it’s authentic home cooking. Fuchsia Dunlop offers a comprehensive how-to of basic techniques, allowing you to develop your own approach to this varied cuisine. Stunningly packaged, this is the go-to book for beginners and connoisseurs alike.

© JONATHAN PERUGIA

PRICE: $55.00 NZ$69.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408802526 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Fuchsia Dunlop is a food writer specialising in Chinese cuisine. She speaks, reads and writes fluent Mandarin, and has trained as a chef in the Sichuanese capital, Chengdu. Fuchsia is the prize-winning author of Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China and two highly acclaimed Chinese cookery books, Sichuan Cookery and The Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook. She lives in London.


Top Secret: title to be released Ben Macintyre Ben Macintyre, bestselling author of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, is back … Agent Zigzag—the bestselling story of wartime double-agent Eddie Chapman—was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year. Operation Mincemeat—the thrilling true story of the most successful wartime deception ever attempted—was a number one bestseller and shortlisted for the Galaxy British Book Award for Non-Fiction. A major documentary of Operation Mincemeat, presented by Ben Macintyre himself, was aired on the BBC. Now Ben Macintyre is back with another extraordinary wartime story. Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. In 2011 he was the chair of judges for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Ben Macintyre lives in London.

PRICE: $27.99 NZ$35.00 FORMAT: DEMY PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408819913 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Luck What It Means and Why It Matters

Ed Smith To what extent do we control our own destiny? For Ed Smith, as an aspiring cricketer, luck was for other people. Like his childhood hero, Geoff Boycott, the young Ed believed that the successful sportsman made his own luck by an application of will power and the elimination of error. But when a freak accident at Lord’s prematurely ended his cricketing career, it changed everything, prompting him to look at his own life through the prism of luck. Tracing the history of luck and fortune, destiny and fate, from the ancient Greeks to the present day—in religion, in banking, in politics—he argues that the question of luck versus skill is as pertinent now as it ever has been. Ed Smith is a former international cricketer. His previous books include Playing Hard Ball, On and Off the Field and the acclaimed What Sport Tells Us About Life. He is a features writer for The Times, a columnist for GQ, writes for the Spectator and appears regularly on television. He lives in London.

PRICE: $29.88 NZ$36.88 FORMAT: DEMY PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408826577 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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The Ten Commandments And How They Shaped Our World

David Bodanis The story of the ancient code of behaviour that has transcended religion to influence governments, judicial systems, family dynamics and human rights throughout the world for 3,000 years The Ten Commandments first arose around the time of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt as the blueprint for a self-governing society of a recently liberated but fragmented people. Although widely overlooked in modern times, they lie at the root of the contemporary world and still shape our most fundamental habits. The Ten Commandments is not a book about religion, but about how the concepts that form the basis of those famous guidelines underpin the history of human civilisation—East and West, religious and secular. PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408826096

David Bodanis lectured at the University of Oxford. He is author of the bestselling E=mc2 and lives in London.

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This Love Is Not for Cowards Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juárez

Robert Andrew Powell The story of a city ravaged by violence, and the soccer team, fans, and residents who refuse to give up hope Almost ten people are murdered every day in Ciudad Juarez. As Mexico has descended towards a feudal narco-state—one where cartels, paramilitary death squads, the army and local police do battle over billions of dollars’ worth of drug and human trafficking, and where those charged with maintaining law and order are as corrupt and vicious as their enemies—the border city of Juarez has been hit hardest of all. This Love Is Not For Cowards is the first book to examine not why people die in Mexico, but how they live. Powell writes not just about a soccer team, but what it means to live and work in a city where chaos reins. PRICE: $35.00 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: ROYAL HARDBACK ISBN: 9781608197163 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Robert Andrew Powell is the author of We Own This Game. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Play, Slate, Sports Illustrated and Runner’s World. He lives in Miami.


Flat Track Fashion The Roller Derby Look Book

Ellen Parnavelas The essential guide to the fashion of roller derby, the female-dominated sport that is taking the world by storm How many sports can you name that feature players decked out in fishnet tights and miniskirts, gold hotpants and warpaint as well as a showcase of tattoos? Flat Track Fashion is the very first book to feature stunning fashion photographs documenting the visual feast of fiesty fashions from roller derby leagues all over the world, capturing the spirit and the style of roller derby. With a foreword by veteran skater Virginia ‘Cheap Trixie’ Evans of the Texas Rollergirls, this book includes everything from the history and origin of the sport to uniforms and logos, personal styles and fashions from leagues around the world, protective gear and skates to menswear, referees, make up and tattoos.

PRICE: $39.99 NZ$49.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408155011 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 IMPRINT: A&C BLACK

Ellen Parnavelas is the author of the popular roller derby blog Secret Diary Of A Rookier Rollergirl. She plays for London Rollergirls Recreational League and her blog attracts over 3,000 viewers a month.

People Will Talk Why Others Decide How Successful Your Life Is— And What You Can Do About It

John Whitfield Why others decide how successful your life is—and what you can do about it In People Will Talk John Whitfield reveals exactly how far reputation influences human development and behaviour, even your reading of this book, and explains some of the surreal social dynamics behind risk-taking bankers and every obnoxiously-behaved celebrity. In the digital age, where our online profiles may be more recognisable than our mortal selves, the maxim that who we are is, in large part, a consequence of how others see us has never been truer. John Whitfield holds a PhD from Cambridge University. Before becoming a science writer he was an editor at leading journal Nature. His work has been published in New Scientist, London Review of Books, Guardian, Financial Times, Sunday Times and the Independent on Sunday.

PRICE: $39.99 NZ$49.99 FORMAT: DEMY HARDBACL ISBN: 9780715643082 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 IMPRINT: DUCKWORTH

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The Return of a King Shah Shuja and the First Battle for Afghanistan

William Dalrymple The definitive history of the first Afghan war from prizewinning and bestselling historian William Dalrymple In 1842, crudely armed Afghan tribesmen routed an entire army of the most powerful nation of the world, inflicting upon the British one of their greatest military humiliations. The outlines of this first entanglement are well known; less understood are the parallels with the current deepening crisis in Afghanistan. Drawing on an array of previously untranslated Afghan, Indian and Russian sources, this is a powerful and important history of colonial ambition and cultural collision; a parable of folly and hubris for our times.

PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99 FORMAT: C-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408822876 PUB DATE: JULY 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

William Dalrymple’s books include In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, White Mughals, The Last Mughals and Nine Lives. He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the French Prix D’Astrolabe, the Wolfson Prize for History, the Scottish Book of the Year Prize, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Asia House Award for Asian Literature and has been longlisted three times for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in India.

What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty-One Crucial Puzzles Solved

John Mullan For all those who love and enjoy Jane Austen’s work and who would like to know it better From ‘Why is it dangerous to go the seaside?’ to ‘Which important Austen characters never speak?’, the answers to apparently trivial questions reveal essential hidden truths about Jane Austen’s fictional world. In What Matters in Jane Austen?, John Mullan shows that you can best appreciate and understand Jane Austen’s world by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction. Inspired by an enthusiastic reader’s curiosity, based on a lifetime’s study and written with flair.

PRICE: $32.99 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408820117 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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John Mullan writes the Guardian’s weekly ‘Book Club’ column and frequently appears on BBC2’s Review Show. A judge of the ‘Best of the Booker Prize’ in 2008 and of the Man Booker Prize in 2009, he has lectured widely on Jane Austen in the UK and the US. He lives in London.


Everybody, Everyday Alex Mackay Exciting everyday food that everybody can cook, from Delia’s favourite teacher Alex Mackay believes that cooking is an adventure and that good food should be for everyone—the trick is to know a few basic recipes inside-out and to reinvent them so they never grow tired. Everybody, Everyday consists of eighteen adaptable ‘hero’ recipes, each of which has six delicious variations. So, once you know how to bake salmon fillets, it’s a short step to baked salmon with fennel, olives, warm balsamic and tomato dressing or any one of five other options. With Alex’s expert guidance, everyday cooking is both easy and tasty. Let the adventure begin! PRICE: $49.99 NZ$59.99

New Zealander Alex Mackay worked as a chef at Michelin-starred restaurants in France, Italy and the UK. Having run Raymond Blanc’s cookery school and founded an internationally acclaimed cookery school in Provence, he now teaches alongside Delia Smith. His first book, Cooking in Provence, was a winner at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Alex lives in the UK.

FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408810934 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

Kate Summerscale By the bestselling author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize On a winter’s evening in 1850, Isabella Robinson set out for a party in Edinburgh’s New Town. The rich widow Lady Drysdale was a vivacious hostess, the centre of an energetic intellectual scene. In the high, airy drawing rooms Isabella was at once enchanted by Lady Drysdale’s handsome son-in-law, Edward Lane. He was ‘fascinating’, she told her diary, before chastising herself for being so susceptible to a man’s charms … In a compelling story of romance, fidelity, fantasy and the bounds of privacy, Kate Summerscale brings vividly to life a frustrated Victorian wife’s longing for passion and learning, companionship and love, in a society clinging to rigid ideas about marriage and female sexuality. PRICE: $29.99 NZ$36.99

Kate Summerscale is the author of the bestselling The Queen of Whale Cay and The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. She has judged various literary competitions including the Booker Prize. She lives in London.

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Polpo Cookbook

Russell Norman Delicious Venetian dishes from London’s most buzzing restaurant Hidden away in London’s edgy Soho district, Polpo is one of the most irrepressibly buzzing restaurants in town. In this understated bacaro, Russell Norman serves up dishes from the back streets of Venice that are unfussy, innovative and exuberantly delicious. With luminescent photography by Jenny Zarins, capturing the unfrequented corners, the bustling bacari and the sublime waterways of Venice, Polpo is a dazzling tribute to Italy’s greatest hidden cuisine. © LAURIE FLETCHER

PRICE: $55.00 NZ$69.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408816790 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

Russell Norman used to run some of the most venerated restaurants in London, including The Ivy, before turning his back on the high life, tattooing an octopus across his back and starting his own place in scruffy Soho. It was an instant hit and Polpo has been followed in quick succession by Polpetto, da Polpo and Spuntino. He lives in London.

Darwin’s Ghosts In Search of the First Evolutionists

Rebecca Stott Uncovers the history of Darwin’s profoundly dangerous idea … Soon after the publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin received a letter that deeply unsettled him. It accused him of taking credit for a theory that wasn’t his. Yet when he tried to trace his intellectual forebears, he found that history had already forgotten them ... Rediscovering Aristotle on the shores of Lesbos and Leonardo da Vinci fossil-hunting in the Tuscan hills, this is a masterful retelling of the collective daring of a few like-minded men, whose early theories flew in the face of prevailing political and religious orthodoxies and laid the foundations for Darwin’s revolutionary idea. PRICE: $45.00 NZ$55.00 FORMAT: ROYAL HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408809082 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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Rebecca Stott is the author of the bestselling Ghostwalk, shortlisted for the Jelf First Novel Award and the Society of Authors First Book Award. She appears regularly on TV and radio. She lives in the UK.


The Man Within My Head Pico Iyer From one of our most astute observers, a haunting and unexpected investigation of Graham Greene Ever since he first read Graham Greene’s work as a young traveller, Pico Iyer has been fascinated by the writer’s restlessness and interest in questions of faith and belonging. From Cuba to Vietnam—to Berkhamsted—Pico Iyer has found reminders of Greene’s life, fallen into scenes that might have been written by Greene, and written stories that recall Greene. Yet as Iyer traces this obsession, another phantom image begins to emerge, one that he had long banished: that of his father, who comes to seem a deeper, more mysterious presence under his skin.

PRICE: $32.99 NZ$39.99 FORMAT: DEMY HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408828755 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012

Pico Iyer is the author of seven works of non-fiction and two novels. A writer for Time since 1982, he is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Granta Magazine and the Financial Times. He lives in the USA and Japan.

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Cooking for Real Life Joanna Weinberg Flexible and inspirational recipes for cooks with families It’s all in the title: this book is about cooking for real life, for those who need to feed their household quickly, with pleasure and variety. Since life often throws up surprises, Joanna Weinberg explains how to cater for impromptu gatherings as well as cooking for your nearest and dearest. Among the delicious recipes—which offer new flavour combinations using familiar ingredients—are smoky butternut and sage soup; twice-baked cottage pie; tomato, goats cheese and mint salad and molten chocolate pots. Every home cook needs fresh ideas for seasonal, achievable recipes. They need Cooking for Real Life. Joanna Weinberg is a weekly columnist for The Times and the author of How to Feed Your Friends With Relish. She lives in London. PRICE: $55.00 NZ$69.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408801802 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 IMPRINT: BLOOMSBURY

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More Powerful Than Dynamite Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York’s Year of Anarchy

Thai Jones The story of the dramatic struggle between anarchists, progressives, and plutocrats in New York City

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On July 4, 1914, a detonation destroyed a seven-story Harlem tenement. It was the largest explosion the city had ever known. Among the dead were three bombmakers; incited by anarchist Alexander Berkman, they had been preparing to dynamite the estate of John D. Rockefeller Jr., son of a plutocratic dynasty and widely vilified for a massacre of his company’s striking workers in Colorado earlier that spring. More Powerful Than Dynamite charts how anarchist anger, progressive idealism, and plutocratic paternalism converged in that July explosion. It is a fascinating portrait of a city on the edge of chaos coming to terms with modernity.

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Historian and journalist Thai Jones is author of A Radical Line.

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A Difficult Woman The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman

Alice Kessler-Harris A provocative revisionist biography of one of the most controversial women of the Twentieth century Lillian Hellman was a giant of twentieth-century letters and one of the most successful female playwrights in Broadway’s history. Yet the author of The Children’s Hour and Toys in the Attic is today remembered more as a toxic, bitter survivor and a literary fabulist. In A Difficult Woman renown historian Alice Kessler-Harris undertakes a reclamation of this combative, controversial woman who straddled so many political and cultural fault lines of her time. A Difficult Woman is a major work of literary and intellectual history.

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Alice Kessler-Harris is a professor of American History at Columbia University. She is one of America’s most renowned scholars, and the author of the classic history of working women, Out to Work. Her In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America won the Joan Kelly, Philip Taft, Herbert Hoover and Bancroft Prizes.


Experiment Eleven Deceit and Betrayal in the Discovery of a Wonder Drug

Peter Pringle A wonder drug, a disputed Nobel Prize, and a patent that shaped modern medicine … In 1943, Albert Schatz, a young American PhD student working in professor Selman Waksman’s lab, was searching for an antibiotic to fight infections on the front lines and at home. On his eleventh experiment on a common bacterium found in farmyard soil, Schatz discovered streptomycin, the first effective cure for tuberculosis, at that time the leading killer among the world’s infectious diseases. As director of Schatz’s research, Waksman took credit for the discovery, belittled Schatz’s work, and secretly enriched himself with royalties from the streptomycin patent filed by Merck, the pharmaceutical company. For the first time, acclaimed author and journalist Peter Pringle unravels the intrigue behind one of the most important discoveries in the history of medicine.

PRICE: $39.99 NZ$49.99 FORMAT: ROYAL HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408814017

Peter Pringle is a foreign correspondent and the author of the bestselling Those Are Real Bullets, Aren’t They? and the New York Times notable, Food, Inc. He lives in New York City.

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A Political Killing The Only Assassination of a British Prime Minister

Andro Linklater On the two hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Spencer Perceval—the riveting, untold story of the murder, the murderer and the dramatic repercussions On 11 May 1812, the British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was shot dead in the lobby of the Houses of Parliament. A week later, after the briefest of trials, his assailant, John Bellingham—a lone madman who made no effort to deny the murder—was hanged. However, under Andro Linklater’s forensic eye, a more complex picture emerges: at a time of global economic disaster, amid intense political argument over trade, security and personal liberty heightened by the Napoleonic Wars and tension with the United States whose commerce was being badly damaged by Perceval’s stance on the slave trade, did Bellingham really act alone when he assassinated the wildly unpopular Perceval?

PRICE: $39.99 NZ$49.99 FORMAT: ROYAL HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408828403 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012

Andro Linklater is the author of Measuring America, The Fabric of America and An Artist of Treason. He lives in the UK.

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Central Park Great Writers on America’s Most Famous Green Space

Andrew Blauner An anthology of literary luminaries on the world’s most famous park

PRICE: $22.99 NZ$28.99 FORMAT: DEMY PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781608196005

Central Park is both a refuge from the city and Manhattan’s very heart. Unsurprisingly, the park also inspires a wealth of great writing, and here Andrew Blauner collects some of the finest fiction and non-fiction—with classics sprinkled among new stories commissioned from great New York writers. Bill Buford spends a wild night in the park; Jonathan Safran Foer envisions it as a tiny, transplanted piece of a mythical Sixth Borough; and Marie Winn answers definitively Holden Caulfield’s question of where the ducks go when the park’s ponds freeze over. There are bird sightings and fish sightings; Jackie Kennedy and James Brown sightings; and pieces by Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster and Francine Prose. This vibrant collection presents Central Park, in all its many-faceted glory, a 51-block swath of special magic.

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Andrew Blauner is the founder of Blauner Books Literary Agency and the editor of two previous anthologies, Coach and Brothers.

Churchill’s Cold War How the Great War Leader Redefined the Uneasy Peace

Philip White How Winston Churchill defined the Cold War and anticipated its resolution Having spent his ‘wilderness years’ in the late 1930s warning of the dangers of diplomatic and military weakness and the growing menace of Nazism, Churchill found himself in 1945 again in the position of herald, sounding the alarm about the Communist threat to the freedom that he and his Allies had won at such a cost. Churchill’s Cold War is the story of his pivotal speech which defined the Iron Curtain as the new threat to world peace and offered a vision for ending it. It is also a portrait of the irrepressible man who delivered the speech, at a moment when many had prematurely marked a plot for him in the political graveyard. PRICE: $45.00 NZ$55.00 FORMAT: ROYAL HARDBACK ISBN: 9780715643075 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 IMPRINT: DUCKWORTH

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Philip lives in Kansas City.


Don’ts for Weddings Anonymous Following the success of Don’ts for Husbands and Don’ts for Wives, a brand new old collection of advice for couples from courtship to honeymoon On The Question: ‘Don’t rush but chose an auspicious moment, A man who tries to propose when a servant is expected to arrive with a scuttle of coals is not likely to meet with much favour.’ On the Engagement: ‘Don’t allow awkward pauses to break the conversation because your thoughts and eyes are hungrily trying to follow your lover, who is manfully assisting the hostess.’ On Planning The Event: ‘Don’t forget that elderly bridesmaids in youthful frocks and girlish hats are ridiculous to the unthinking, and pathetic to those who look below the surface.’

PRICE: $7.99 NZ$9.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408170847 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012

Filled with helpful old-fashioned tips, Don’ts for Weddings is an ideal gift for bride, groom and anyone else involved with the planning of a ‘modern’ wedding.

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The Secret Olympian The Inside Story of the Olympic Experience

Anon The truth about what the athletes go through before, during and after the Games—in all its mind-boggling weirdness Here, for the first time, in all its shocking, funny and downright bizarre glory, is the truth of the Olympic experience. The Secret Olympian talks to scores of competitors from around the world —past and present, from Munich 1960 right through to London 2012—all with a tale to tell. It is an unimaginable world: from the pre-Olympic holding camp with its practical jokes, resentment and fighting, and freaky physiological regimes, through the postcompetition release in the Olympic village that leads to excessive drinking, eating, partying and sex and finally to the hysteria of homecoming celebrations and the comedown that follows as athletes try to adjust to life after the Games.The Secret Olympian reveals what really goes on behind the scenes.

PRICE: $21.99 NZ$27.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408154922 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012

The anonymous author is a former Olympian with friends and contacts in many countries’ Olympic squads.

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The Mysteries of the Greek Detective Anne Zouroudi ‘Lovely, delicious prose and plot—as tasty as one of those irresistible honey-soaked Greek confections’ Alexander McCall Smith

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Anne Zouroudi is the author of five Mysteries of the Greek Detective: The Messenger of Athens (shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Breakthrough Authors and longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize), The Taint of Midas, The Doctor of Thessaly, The Lady of Sorrows and, most recently, The Whispers of Nemesis.

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits Film tie-in edition

Gideon Defoe Now a major motion picture from Aardman Animations and Sony

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It is 1837, and for the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain and his rag-tag pirate crew, life on the high seas has gotten a little dull. With nothing to do but twiddle their hooks and lounge aimlessly on tropical beaches, the Captain decides it’s time they had an adventure. A surprisingly successful boat raid leads them to the young Charles Darwin, in desperate need of their help. And so the pirates set forth for London in a bid to save the scientist from the evil machinations of a diabolical Bishop. There they encounter grisly murder, vanishing ladies, the Elephant Man—and have an exciting trip to the zoo.

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Gideon Defoe lives in London. He is the author of The Pirates! series.

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Mad Love Suzanne Selfors Love makes us all go a little mad! A satisfying and pageturning summer read The daughter of a famous romance writer, Alice dreams of a real life romance of her own. But Alice’s life is complicated. Ever since her mother was secretly hospitalised for mental illness, Alice has been covering for her—answering her fan mail, forging her signature. But the hospital bills are piling up and her mother’s next book is overdue. Money and time is running out! Then help arrives in the unlikely form of Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid. Alice’s problems are only just getting started!

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Suzanne Selfors is the author of Coffeehouse Angel and Saving Juliet. She had a number of jobs before becoming a writer, including children’s photographer, video producer, organic flower grower and marketing director. She lives in Washington, USA.

FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408819623 PUB DATE: JANUARY 2012 AGE: 12+

Hush Eishes Chayil A lyrically written, powerful exploration of a girl’s struggle within a hidden society Inside the closed community of Borough Park, where most Chassidim live, the rules of life are very clear, determined by an ancient script written thousands of years before down to the last detail—and abuse has never been a part of it. But when thirteenyear-old Gittel learns of the abuse her best friend has suffered at the hands of a member of her own family, the adults in her community try to persuade Gittel, and themselves, that nothing happened. Forced to remain silent, Gittel begins to question everything she was raised to believe. A richly detailed and nuanced book, this story portrays a complex world that illuminates the conflict between yesterday’s traditions and today’s reality. PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9780802723321 PUB DATE: JANUARY 2012 AGE: 12+

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Eishes Chayil (a pseudonym meaning ‘woman of valour’) was raised in a world of Chassidic schools, synagogues and summer camps. She lives in New Jersey, USA with her family.


Battle Fatigue Mark Kurlansky In his first teen novel, bestselling author Mark Kurlansky exposes the complexity of war for all generations Growing up in the years following World War II, Joel Bloom always played soldiers with his friends. But by the time he’s eighteen, the Vietnam War is in full swing, and it’s not as simple as the war games he played when he was a child. Old enough to be drafted, Joel loves his country, but he knows that fighting in an unjust war isn’t something he can do. After trying and failing to be a conscientious objector he leaves for Canada—a decision that will help him avoid the physical conflict of the war, but will create another inside of him that will take much longer to resolve. An insightful and compelling novel that explores one boy’s struggle to understand himself and the harsh realities of life during wartime. Mark Kurlansky is the bestselling author of Salt: A World History and Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World for adult readers, as well as their adaptations for children, The Story of Salt and A Cod’s Tale. This is his first novel for teens. Mark lives in the USA.

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Betrayal A Haunting Emma Novel

Lee Nichols The ghostly mystery continues with a traitor in the midst Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great when she’s battling the wraith-master Neos, but terrible when she’s flirting with fellow ghostkeeper (and love interest) Bennett. When ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power, and that’s something Bennett is not willing to accept. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school. A new team of ghostkeepers has arrived—one a snarky teen boy, the other a British scholar—and Emma finds solace in training for the battle against Neos. But as the team grows stronger, they are threatened by an unknown force. As chilling and page-turning as Deception, this sequel will grab readers and hold them to the last page. No one is safe from suspicion as Emma closes in on the traitor.

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Lee Nichols is the author of Deception and Betrayal, as well as five books for adults. She lives in Maine, USA, and is married to novelist Joel N. Ross.

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Out of The Depths Cathy MacPhail A ghostly new thriller from the brilliant Cathy MacPhail When Tyler moves to a new school she is hoping to make a fresh start. But it is very difficult to make a fresh start when a boy who is supposed to be dead appears in your classroom, and statues in the school seem to come alive and point towards the place where the dead boy, Ben Kincaid, was murdered. Will Tyler be able to assist Ben with his pleas for help, or will she be dismissed as an attentionseeking teller of tall tales?

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Secret of the Shadows Cathy MacPhail A ghostly new thriller from the brilliant Cathy MacPhail, featuring Tyler Lawless, heroine to the unlawfully dead Tyler is staying in her grandmother’s cottage to help tidy it up after her death. Why does the spare bedroom that Tyler sleeps in always seem cold, despite bright sunshine? Why does she feel the presence of a frail old lady who is nothing like her grandmother? And why does she sense that the same old lady is asking for her help? Perhaps Tyler will need to use her gifts to help save somebody from a terrible fate ... A companion story to Out of The Depths that also reads well as a stand-alone novel.

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Cathy MacPhail won the Kathleen Fidler Award with her first novel, Run, Zan, Run, the Scottish Arts Council Award with her second novel, Fighting Back, a Royal Mail award and the 2010 Explore Award for Roxy’s Baby and the 2010 Stockport Award for Grass. Cathy MacPhail’s work is enormously popular with young teenagers, her trademarks being a mix of humour and pacy, topical storylines. Cathy lives in Greenock, Scotland 54 CHILDREN ORIGINAL FICTION


How to Get the Friends You Want by Peony Pinker Jenny Alexander The hiliarous Peony Pinker is back! With problems to solve and life lessons to learn. Ideal for fans of Jacqueline Wilson Peony Pinker is not very ‘cool’. She likes animals and messing about, not fitness routines and celebrity news. But when Dad becomes a celebrity agony aunt, the coolest girls in school invite Peony to join their group. Now she’s watching the right films and doing the right activities to fit in ... and she hasn’t got time for her old friends any more. But is the ‘cool’ crowd really where Peony wants to be?

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How to Get the Body You Want by Peony Pinker Jenny Alexander Another funny Peony Pinker tale, with good commonsense advice thrown in as always The Pinkers are out of shape, so Dad decides to use the whole family to test out his ideas for a new fit-in-four weeks diet book. But after a few weeks of early morning runs and cardboard flavoured ready meals, (meaning Peony needs double helpings of lunch and dessert every day to make up) Peony’s become so unfit she can barely walk home. Can Gran’s wise words get the family back on track?

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Jenny Alexander is the author of over 100 children’s books. She has written prolifically on the theme of bullying, and has previously published titles with A&C Black such as The No-Worries Guide to Secondary School and How 2 B Happy, a self-help book for children suffering from anxiety. The Peony Pinker titles are her first fiction books for A&C Black. ORIGINALCHILDREN FICTION 55


Fairy School Titania Woods ‘Twink and her friends enjoy more than a little magical mischief at Glitterwings Academy, the most glimmery fairy school ever! Full of friendship, adventure and fun, this fantastic fairy school series is perfect for young girls’

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Titania Woods is the pen-name for Lee Weatherly. Lee also writes teen fiction, including the novels Child X, Missing Abby and the Angels series and is the winner of a Sheffield Teen Book Award. Lee was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and now lives in the UK. 56 CHILDREN ORIGINAL FICTION


Fracture Megan Miranda A seductive yet chilling thriller about life after death By the time seventeen-year-old Delaney Maxwell is pulled out of the icy waters of a frozen lake, her heart has stopped beating. She is officially dead. Then Delaney starts breathing ... The doctors are mystified. Outwardly she has completely recovered. But Delaney knows something is very wrong. Pulled by sensations she can’t control, she finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her brain predicting death or causing it? Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who lost his whole family in a car accident and emerged from a coma with the same powers as Delaney. At last she’s found a kindred spirit who will understand what she’s going through. But Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature—or something much more frightening?

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Megan Miranda studied biology and anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she twice won a coveted award for research in bioengineering. This is her first novel. She lives in North Carolina, USA.

ISBN: 9781408817391 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 AGE: 12+

In Darkness YA Edition

Nick Lake In darkness, I count my blessings like Manman taught me. One: I am alive. Two: there is no two. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, a boy is trapped beneath the rubble, thirsty, terrified and alone. Shorty is a child of the slums, a boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of gangsters who dole out money with one hand and death with the other. But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge that blazes inside him and a burning wish to find the twin sister he lost seven years ago. And he is marked. Marked in a way that links him to Toussaint l’Ouverture, the Haitian rebel who led the slave revolt and faced down Napoleon to force the French out of Haiti two hundred years ago. As he grows weaker, Shorty hopes to find the strength to survive—perhaps then Shorty and Toussaint can find a way to be free ...

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Nick Lake is the Editorial Director for fiction for HarperCollins Children’s Books and is the author of The Secret Ministry of Frost and Blood Ninja. He lives in the UK.

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Mister Creecher Chris Priestley ‘A dark, moving, creepy, funny tale about the making of a famous monster ... only not the one you think it’ll be. Splendid gothic stuff’ Kim Newman, author of

Nightmare Movies

Billy is a street urchin, pickpocket and petty thief. Mister Creecher is a monstrous giant of a man who terrifies all he meets. Their relationship begins as pure convenience. But a bond swiftly develops between these two misfits as their bloody journey takes them ever northwards on the trail of their target ... Victor Frankenstein. Friendship, trust and betrayal combine to form a dangerous liaison in this moving and frightening new book from Chris Priestley.

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Chris Priestley lives in Cambridge, UK. His novels are brilliantly original additions to a long tradition of horror stories by authors such as M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe. He has been shortlisted for a variety of prestigious children’s book awards.

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Chocolate SOS Sue Limb A new Fred and Jess story, full of Sue Limb’s very funny take on early teenage life and problems Jess has broken up with Fred, though really she is waiting for him to come to her door and beg to get back together again. But is that the sort of thing Fred would do? He has said himself that he has no backbone ... Meanwhile, a gorgeous boy has moved in next door and, to Jess’s mingled horror and delight, is making it very, very obvious that he would like to be a lot closer than next door ... Surely, now, Fred will be driven, in a fit of jealousy, to sweep Jess back off her feet? Won’t he?

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Sue Limb is the bestselling author of the Jess Jordan stories for Bloomsbury. Her other children’s books include Come Back, Grandma, which was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. Sue lives on a remote organic farm in Gloucestershire, UK.


Aftershock H.I.V.E. 7

Mark Walden A new era is beginning in the villainous world as civil war looms, forcing Otto and his friends to take sides – perhaps against each other! Young criminal mastermind Otto Malpense is a student at the Higher Institute of Villainous Education (H.I.V.E.), the top secret school of villainy where scheming and extorting are expected behaviour. But there were always some codes of conduct—until now. As Otto and his friends attempt their most feared exercise, The Hunt, in the icy wastes of Siberia, there’s a traitor in their midst ... and time is running out to discover who it is. A gripping new H.I.V.E. adventure with a shocking twist. Collect the whole series with exciting new covers. PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408815649 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 AGE: 8.14

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Mark Walden worked as a video games designer and producer for ten years. Writing had always been a hobby for him but it was only when he came up with the idea for H.I.V.E. that he finally dedicated himself full-time to the world of villainy! The film rights to his H.I.V.E. series have been optioned by Paramount. ORIGINALCHILDREN FICTION 59


The Weight of Water Sarah Crossan First love, friendship and quiet courage combine in this spare and beautiful story that will leave you sad, happy and wanting more

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Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat. The Weight of Water is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408823002 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 AGE: 8-12

Originally from Ireland, Sarah Crossan trained as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. She teaches English at a small private school near New York. In 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.

Avery McShane and the Silver Spurs Greg Lyons An action-packed adventure set in the Venezuelan jungle Avery McShane and his friends Billy and Todd are the Machacas gang. They have their own tree house in the jungle, away from girls, parents and other nosy adults. Each week they set themselves a dare, and the latest dare is to grab some ripe bananas from scary Pablo Malo’s banana plantation. When Pablo Malo catches the Machacas and sets his terrifying guard dogs after them, the friends have got themselves into a thrilling and explosive adventure. Why is Pablo Malo so keen to keep them off his farm?

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Greg Lyons was five weeks old when his parents brought him to live in an oil camp in Venezuela. The adventures of Avery are an embellishment of his life as a boy there. Greg has lived in Ecuador, Bolivia, Iran, and California. He loves football and once played professional football against Diego Maradona’s team from Argentina. He has worked in the oil business for many years, travelling to Russia, North Africa, the Middle East and his beloved Latin America. He is now a full-time writer and lives in Washington.


Little Nelly’s Big Book Pippa Goodhart illustrated by Andy Rowland An elephant has an identity crisis and is helped out by a mouse! When Nelly reads a description of herself in a book, she is convinced that she is a mouse. After all, she is grey, has big ears and a thin tail. When she meets some mice, the confusion only grows in this delightfully funny tale about mixed messages and taking everything you read in books just a little too literally. Pippa Goodhart is the author of many books for children, including Three Little Ghosties and Arthur’s Tractor. She lives in the UK..

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Andy Rowland lives in the UK. This is the first book he has illustrated for Bloomsbury. Andy is also published by Ladybird, HarperCollins and Usborne, among others.

ISBN: 9781408818459 PUB DATE: FEBRUARY 2012 AGE: 3-5

Stolen Away Alyxandra Harvey Enter the world of faery in another irresistible dark romance from Alyxandra Harvey For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was only meant to rule for seven years, as Faery tradition dictates, and then give up his crown to another. But he won’t comply, and now chaos threatens both worlds. The only one who can break his stranglehold on the Faery court is his wife, Eloise’s aunt, Antonia. Using Eloise to lure Antonia, Strahan captures his wife, desperate to end the only threat to his reign. Together with her best friends Jo and Devin, Eloise must trust Lucas, her handsome protector, and Strahan’s mysterious son, Eldric, and forge alliances with other Fae in a dangerous attempt to free Antonia forever. Alyxandra Harvey is the author of Haunting Violet and the Drake Chronicles series. When not writing, she is a bellydancer and jewellery maker. Alyxandra lives in Canada.

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This Is Not Forgiveness Celia Rees Compelling contemporary drama is an exciting new direction for acclaimed author Celia Rees Everyone says that Caro is bad ... but Jamie can’t help himself. He thinks of her night and day and can’t believe she wants to be his girlfriend. As Jamie falls deeper under her spell, he realises there is more to Caro—much more. There are the times she disappears and doesn’t get in touch, the scars on her wrists, and her talk about direct action. And then always in the background there is Rob, Jamie’s older brother, back from Afghanistan injured and traumatised. Jamie wants to help him, but Rob is living in a world of his own and is increasingly difficult to reach. With Caro the summer should have been perfect, but that isn’t how things work out in real life ... and Jamie is going to find out the hard way. PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408817698

Celia Rees lives in the UK. She has been shortlisted for both the Guardian and the Whitbread Children’s fiction awards. Her novels have been translated into over twenty languages.

PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 AGE: 12+

The Broken Road B.R. Collins A powerful new novel based around the Children’s Crusades, by prize-winning author B.R. Collins Rufus is an apprentice in his father’s goldsmith workshop in Cologne, Gemany. One day he hears a boy, Nick, preach in the city centre. Nick’s message and words are mesmerising and Rufus is spellbound. He is overcome with the desire to follow the flawed yet charismatic young Crusade leader on his journey to the Holy Land. And Rufus is not alone. Many children are captivated just as Rufus is, and leave their homes and families, having fallen under Nick’s spell. But what begins as a journey of innocence turns, terribly, into a journey of sorrow and despair. An extraordinary tale based on a historical event that has resonated through the ages.

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B.R. (Bridget) Collins is a graduate of both university and drama school. Her first novel, The Traitor Game, was published to much acclaim. It won the Branford Boase Award in 2009 and was longlisted for the 2009 Carnegie Medal. Bridget lives in the UK.


STAR FIGHTERS Max Chase Beast Quest meets Star Wars. A mega-commercial series for 7+ from the creators of Beast Quest and Dinosaur Cove This stellar series guarantees young readers non-stop action, giant aliens, cosmic warfare and courageous new characters. Each book will feature a double cover with two push-out, stand-up figures and alien statistics to compare, plus super-cool space facts. It is the year 5012 and the Milky Way galaxy is under attack. The planets have banded together to create the Intergalactic Force—an elite fighting team sworn to protect and defend the galaxy. Only the brightest and most promising eleven-year-olds are accepted into the Intergalactic Force Academy and only the very best cadets reach the highest of their ranks and become … STAR FIGHTERS! Max Chase is a freelance journalist with a black belt in karate and a red belt in Wing Chun. He has always dreamed about being an astronaut or a cowboy. Now, with Star Fighters, he gets to be a little bit of both.

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A fun-filled animal identification book for infants from Mike Terry, the bestselling illustrator of The Selfish Crocodile. Flaps, animals and discovery—a perfect book for learning about the animal world.

PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 AGE: 0-5 FORMAT: HARDBACK ISBN: 9781408819432 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012

Buffalo always has an itch and in this charming rhyming story finds the perfect partner to help scratch that spot …

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Wanda Wallaby has lost her bounce. Try as she might, she can’t find it. She asks all her fellow animals but no one can help. Until, that is, she meets the crocodile— whose advice has a remarkable effect on the innocent wallaby Wanda! A fun pre-school animal behaviour story with the great theme of ‘being yourself’!

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Join the Nightingale family, who live on a barge on the canal near London Zoo, in this brilliant new series of pacy adventure stories with two courageous children and lots and lots of fascinating animal facts.

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Thrilling, fact-based stories for the adventurous! Two intrepid young children join their parents as they travel the world helping animals on the verge of extinction.

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Dragon Spear Jessica Day George Dragons, quests and evil adversaries! Perfect reading for story-hungry children. Will the adventure end with a dragon war or a royal wedding? Humans and dragons are finally at peace, and Creel is busy planning her wedding to Prince Luka. Then dragon queen, Velika, is kidnapped by rogue dragons in need of their own queen. Creel and Luka join Shardas, King of the Dragons, on a journey to the land of the dark forests to save their friend. Can they stop the kidnappers from imprisoning Velika for ever? And will Creel get her dream wedding after all? Funny, heartfelt and action-packed, new readers and returning fans alike will dive headlong into this wonderful dragon-filled adventure. PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408817407

Jessica Day George is the author of Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow and Dragonskin Slippers, and its sequel, Dragon Flight. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 AGE: 8-12

Too Princessy! Jean Reidy illustrated by Genevieve Leloup This is the perfect antidote for all those children rebelling against the princess deluge! Budding fashionista? Check. Young gourmet? Check. PRICE: $14.99 NZ$18.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408826942 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 AGE: 0-5

In this third book in the series, we meet a cooped-up child on a rainy day, who has a box full of toys but nothing to play with ... or so she thinks! Stylish, bold art and a playful rhyming text make this picture book series stand out in a tight market. This latest instalment perfectly captures another one of those all-too-common moments of early childhood! Jean Reidy and Geneviève Leloup are the team behind Too Purply! and Too Pickly!. Jean works from her home in Colorado, USA. Geneviève is a textile designer and lives in New York City.

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How To Be A Good Cat Gail Page Can an old dog teach a new cat a few tricks? Bobo is a very good dog. So when Mr Hiccup needs someone to watch Bonkers, his new kitten, Bobo eagerly volunteers. He can’t wait to teach his young friend a few tried-and-tested tricks. But Bonkers doesn’t want to sit or stay or fetch. He’d rather shred the curtains or terrorise the goldfish. Luckily, Cat knows all about cat things, like stretching, pouncing and landing on his feet. But even with lessons, can a good dog really teach a bad cat how to behave? Gail Page is a fine artist and textile designer whose work has been exhibited in shows and galleries throughout the USA. She has painted murals in hospitals and orphanages. Gail lives in the USA.

PRICE: $14.99 NZ$18.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408826188 PUB DATE: MARCH 2012 AGE: 0-5

Drive By Jim Carrington The story of secrets and a guilty conscience, with ghostly twists and turns that will keep readers guessing right to the very end, from a Carnegie Medal nominated author Johnny and his friends have finished school for the summer. On their way back from a water fight at the park, they spot an old lady who has wound them up previously by bursting their football. The boys pedal up to her parked car and commit a drive-by soaking before speeding away. When Johnny discovers that the old lady suffered a heart attack after the drive-by and subsequently died, he is totally guilt-stricken. And when he wakes up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, feeling a spooky presence in his room, the strain starts to show ... Is he being haunted by an old lady bent on revenge? A spine-tingling tale about what can happen to a guilty conscience. PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99

Jim Carrington is fast establishing himself as an accomplished writer for teens. New and existing fans alike will devour his latest offering. His first novel, Inside My Head, was nominated for the 2011 Carnegie Medal. Jim is a teacher and lives in London.

FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408822784 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 AGE: 12+

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Titanic Unclassified Secrets of the Titanic Revealed

The National Archives Titanic Unclassified takes readers on a journey back in time to uncover the events of one of the most tragic disasters at sea in history, with amazing full-colour graphics and photographs

PRICE: $24.99 NZ$29.99 FORMAT: HARDBACK

From the infamous night that saw the sinking of the Titanic to the investigation that followed, readers are taken behind the scenes to follow the sequence of events. Real-life artefacts and documentation produced at the time of the event enables readers to build a true and real account of what happened and the causes behind it. Includes feature spreads about what life was like on board the ship and how it was constructed.

ISBN: 9781408160527 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 AGE: 9+

Titanic Death on the Water

Tom & Tony Bradman A fascinating, fictional retelling of the events that led to the tragedy of the Titanic, based on documents from the National Archives A boy works in the dockyard where the Titanic is being built, then gets a job on the ship. As he witnesses a series of mistakes, shortcuts and bad decisions, he becomes more and more worried about what could happen. But he’s preoccupied by his rivalry with a fellow ship’s boy and doesn’t realise the full scale of what’s happening until it’s too late ...

PRICE: $14.99 NZ$18.99 FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408155813 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 AGE: 9+

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Tony Bradman is an award-winning writer for children of all ages whose books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Tony now writes in partnership with his son Tom Bradman. Their first titles as a father-and-son writing team were the Space School series for A&C Black. Tony and Tom both live in the UK.


How Many Baby Pandas? Sandra Markle How much can you learn about baby pandas? Join a photo-filled exploration of a panda’s journey from birth to adulthood, featuring sixteen adorable pandas from China’s Wolong Giant Panda Breeding Centre. Readers of all ages can count their way through the lives of these cuddly cubs, as they eat, sleep and play their days away. Sandra Markle is the bestselling and award-winning American author of more than five dozen non-fiction projects for young readers. She is a former primary school science teacher whose books in her popular Outside and Inside series have earned several starred reviews and many awards. She lives with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery, in New Zealand.

PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9780802722478 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 AGE: 2-6

The Wombles Audio Edition Elisabeth Beresford Read by Bernard Cribbins

Classic and much-loved characters are brought to life in this complete and unabridged audio edition read by Bernard Cribbins, the original voice of The Wombles The Wombles is the first ever Wombles book and introduces many of the familiar Wombles characters, including the stern but kindly Great Uncle Bulgaria, and also Orinoco, Tobermory, Tomsk, Madame Cholet, and last but not least, Bungo, one of the youngest and cheekiest Wombles of all, who has much to learn and is due to venture out on to the Common on his own for the very first time ... Elisabeth Beresford was awarded an MBE for her services to children’s literature in 1998. Bernard Cribbins was recently awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2011 for his services to drama.

PRICE: $22.99 NZ$28.99 FORMAT: AUDIO CD ISBN: 9781408825655 DOWNLOADABLE: 9781408825686 PUB DATE: APRIL 2012 AGE: 5-10

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The Horse Road Troon Harrison A thrilling adventure perfect for horse-mad girls Kallisto loves horses and is an excellent horsewoman. One day she sees from a mountain pass that the Chinese army is approaching her city—clearly planning to steal their horses! She races back home to find a deserted city and her favourite horse, Swan, taken by the Chinese, along with all the other horses. Kallisto must find a way to get the horses back for her city, including her beloved Swan ....

PRICE: $14.99 NZ$18.99

Set in the Ferghana Valley, Central Asia, in 102 BC, this is a thrilling tale that weaves in real events. The Chinese did invade and besiege towns to acquire the famed and beautiful Akhal-Teke horses—which led eventually to horses being traded for silk and the Silk Route being formed. A fascinating taste of another culture and another time, couched in a richly descriptive and very pacy narrative. The Horse Road is the first in a trilogy.

FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408819357 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 AGE: 9-12

Troon Harrison has written many books for children and teens, including historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy and contemporary fiction. The Horse Road is her first book for Bloomsbury. Troon lives in Canada.

The Invisible Assassin The Malichea Quest

Jim Eldridge An action-packed historical sleuth thriller for fans of The Da Vinci Code—the beginning of a fast-paced series

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As a Junior Press Officer for the government, Jake is sent to cover a ‘non-story’—a demonstration against the construction of a laboratory on the supposed site of an ancient fairy ring. But what Jake sees there is shocking and terrifying and leads him to investigate a clandestine organisation—the Order of Malichea. And then sinister things start happening: Jake is ‘accidentally’ pushed, almost falling under a tube train; Lynette, Jake’s girlfriend, has all her notes on the Order stolen; and then Jake returns home to find a dead body in his flat and is accused of murder. Who is trying to scare Jake? Is it the government? Or other, more sinister agencies? Either way, Jake and Lynette must fight for their lives ...

ISBN: 9781408817193 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 AGE: 12+

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Jim Eldridge’s writing credits include episodes for Grange Hill and more recently the novelisation of Noel Clarke’s Kidulthood and 4.3.2.1. He lives in the UK.


Brilliantly bright and bold books, full of fantastically fun sounds to roll off the tongues of toddlers and parents. Perfect for teaching little readers fun words and sounds

Bear Boar Michelle Robinson illustrated by David Sim Meet Bear and Boar, friends who work out how to share a pear by passing it from paw to paw! The rhyming text and wonderfully colourful illustrations are guaranteed to delight and engage young readers.

PRICE: $12.99 NZ$15.99 FORMAT: BOARDBOOK ISBN: 9781408817049 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 AGE: 0-5

Yak Yuk Michelle Robinson illustrated by David Sim Meet Yak and a duck who likes all things mucky. It’s lovely weather for ducks, but Yak finds the rain and the muddy puddles rather yucky! The rhyming text and wonderfully colourful illustrations are guaranteed to delight and engage young readers.

PRICE: $12.99 NZ$15.99 FORMAT: BOARDBOOK ISBN: 9781408817032 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 AGE: 0-5

Before she started writing funny stories for children, Michelle Robinson wrote copy and devised websites for some of the world’s biggest brands. She always dreamed of becoming an author like her hero, Roald Dahl. She shares his birthday and his love of chocolate, but she is much, much shorter. Michelle lives in the UK. David Sim studied graphic design and illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art, followed by illustration at the Royal College of Art, London. He now works mainly for children’s publishers, illustrating, designing and writing children’s books. He lives in Scotland. ORIGINALCHILDREN FICTION 71


Moo Hoo Candace Ryan illustrated by Mike Lowery A clever, delightfully simple picture book that celebrates old and new friendships alike Cow and Owl are friends. MOO HOO. HOO MOO. They do everything together—like make music. TWO COO. And trick-or-treating. BOO! BOO! But when a strange playmate shows up ... ROO NEW. They discover that three is better than two. NEW TRUE CREW ... PRICE: $14.99 NZ$18.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK

Moo Hoo combines another effortlessly clever text with unique and fresh illustrations from designer Mike Lowery.

ISBN: 9781408825228 PUB DATE: MAY 2012 AGE: 0-5

Candace Ryan is also the author of Ribbit Rabbit and Animal House. She spent nine years as a special education teacher and now lives in southern California, USA. Mike Lowery is an illustrator, fine artist and graphic designer. He is the illustrator of Ribbit Rabbit and Jo Nesbo’s novel Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder, as well as a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He lives in Atlanta, USA.

The Selfish Crocodile Faustin Charles, illustrated by Michael Terry What better way to get to grips with numbers and words than in the company of the selfish crocodile! Case-bound, luxury edition board books featuring the bestselling selfish crocodile and a host of his animal friends

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ISBN: 9781408814512 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 AGE: 0-3

ISBN: 9781408814529 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 AGE: 0-3

Faustin Charles is the author of Bloomsbury’s bestselling picture book The Selfish Crocodile. Michael Terry has illustrated The Selfish Crocodile and many other firm favourites for Bloomsbury. ‘Faustin and Michael both live in the UK.

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Burn Marks Laura Powell An action-packed and magical modern-day drama full of East End gangs and witches—think Spooks meets The Sopranos meets Witch Child Cleo is from a family of witches. She is desperate to develop the ‘Fae’ and become a witch herself. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition and his privileged life is very different to the world of witches that he lives alongside. And then on the same day, Cleo and Lucas both develop the Fae. In one fell stroke, Cleo and Lucas’s lives are inextricably bound together, whether they like it or not ... Laura Powell grew up in the Brecon Beacons and spent most of her childhood with her nose in a book. She went on to study classics at Bristol and Oxford, then spent five years working in the editorial departments of both adult and children’s publishers. Burn Marks is her third novel. She now lives in London.

PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408815229 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 AGE: 12+

Endure Carrie Jones It’s all-out war (and no-holds-barred romance!) in the fourth book in Carrie Jones’s bestselling series Zara is back from Valhalla after successfully rescuing Nick. Bedford needs their best warrior now more than ever, as the evil pixie regime is causing mass destruction and chaos everywhere. Though Nick’s job is clear, Zara’s role is a lot more uncertain. She’s not just fighting for her friends – she’s also a pixie queen. And to align her team of pixies with the humans she loves so much will not be as easy as she hopes. Especially since she can’t even reconcile her growing feelings for her pixie king ... In addition to the New York Times bestsellers Need and Captivate, the third book in the series, Entice, and the stand-alone novel After Obsession, Carrie Jones is also the award-winning author of the YA novel Tips on Having a Gay (Ex-)Boyfriend. She now lives in the USA.

PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408821190 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 AGE: 12+

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Dead Time The Murder Notebooks

Anne Cassidy A stylish thriller that grips from the first page, from the author of Looking for JJ Rose and Joshua first met when Joshua and his dad came to live with Rose and her mum. Their world turns upside down when their parents go out for dinner one evening and never return. Rose is dispatched to live with her grandmother. Joshua is sent to live with his uncle. When Joshua returns to London to study, Rose is witness to not one, but two murders. Why is this happening to Rose? Can it be anything to do with the investigations Joshua has been doing into the disappearance of their parents? A taut and pacy thriller and the start of a stylish new series. Anne Cassidy lives in the UK. She was a teacher for twenty years. She is the author of Looking for JJ, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2004 and the Carnegie Medal 2005 and was winner of the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Book Award. The Murder Notebooks series is Anne Cassidy’s first publication with Bloomsbury.

PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408815502 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 AGE: 12+

The A Circuit Georgina Bloomberg & Catherine Hapka Welcome to the A Circuit, an exclusive world of friendships, drama and privilege, set against the backdrop of elite horse shows. For all horse-mad girls and fans of Gossip Girl The A Circuit is the top of the top when it comes to horse shows, a world with its own rules and horses that cost as much as houses. Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite teen competitors on the circuit. Tommi is a billionaire heiress, Kate is a working student, Zara is the wild child of a famous rockstar—and Fitz is the barn’s resident hot guy (and major distraction). An exciting new series about privileged teens and fiercely competitive horse shows.

ISBN: 9781599906348

ISBN: 9781599906423

PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK PUB DATE: MAY 2012 AGE: 12+

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Georgina Bloomberg is the daughter of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. An accomplished equestrian, Georgina is on the board of directors of the Equestrian Aid Foundation and founder of the charity Rider’s Closet. Catherine Hapka is a lifelong horse lover and has published many books for children and young adults. Georgina and Catherine both live in the USA.


The Bonehill Curse Jon Mayhew Arabian Nights meets Indiana Jones in this superlative adventure packed with vengeful Djinni, flying carpets and a breathtaking race against time Anthony Bonehill plans to outwit a Djinn with his seven accomplices. Six will make their wish, and the seventh must wish the Djinn dead. But the seventh accomplice, Carlos Grossford, double-crosses them and now he can wield whatever tyranny he chooses. Necessity Bonehill is a tomboy. Being sent to a boarding school for girls has honed rather than tamed her wild side. She fears her parents were keen to get rid of her, and feels abandoned. So when Uncle Carlos starts sending her food parcels, she is happy that someone cares. Then one day he sends a stoppered bottle. Ness is perplexed, but surely there can’t be any harm in opening an empty bottle? Ness unwittingly launches herself into a dangerous world of flying carpets and exotic lashkars as the powerful Djinn is set free, hell-bent on revenge. Jon Mayhew was an English teacher for twenty years, and now works as a specialist teacher for children with autism. His debut novel, Mortlock, was shortlisted for the 2011 Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize. He lives in the UK.

PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 FORMAT: B-FORMAT PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408803974 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 AGE: 9-11

On My Way to the Bath Sarah Maizes illustrated by Michael Paraskevas A humorous picture book about the ups and downs of bathtime The way to the bath is a long journey fraught with obstacles that only a young child can imagine. There are cartwheels to perform, a jungle to explore and a world to rule—all while their mother or father waits with the bath bubbles ready. In this hilarious story, the delaying tactics of one little girl are so imaginative it’s a wonder she ever makes it all the way to the bath!

PRICE: $15.99 NZ$19.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408825884 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 AGE: 0-5

Sarah Maizes is a freelance writer and comedian. Her work has been featured in Los Angeles Magazine. This is her first picture book. She lives in Los Angeles, USA. Michael Paraskevas is best known for creating Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon. With his mother Betty, he has authored twenty children’s books and created three popular animated series for Canadian television. He lives in the USA. ORIGINALCHILDREN FICTION 75


In the Snow Monkey and Robot

Felix Hayes illustrated by Hannah Broadway Another fresh and funny picture book featuring the charming and cheeky Monkey and Robot PRICE: $14.99 NZ$18.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408806562 PUB DATE: JUNE 2012 AGE: 3-6

Monkey and Robot are very excited when it starts to snow. They cannot resist going out to play and have fun. But when they start making a snowball, the snowball becomes bigger and bigger and BIGGER until it is out of control! Monkey and Robot end up rather wet and snowy, but a big mug of hot chocolate helps to cheer them up. Includes press-out figures and an activity page for extra fun. Felix Hayes trained as an actor and ran a theatre company for ten years. He is also the voice of The Gruffalo in theatre productions. Hannah Broadway’s first picture book was called Dog Day, and Monkey and Robot are her first books for Bloomsbury. Felix and Hannah are married and live in Bristol, UK.

Florentine and Pig Have A Lovely Picnic

Eva Katzler Introducing Florentine and Pig—the cutest new duo to hit the picture book scene!

PRICE: $14.99 NZ$18.99 FORMAT: PAPERBACK ISBN: 9781408824375 PUB DATE: JULY 2012 AGE: 3-7

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Join Florentine and Pig on a picnic and explore a world of friendship, play and food! Whether tackling a problem or planning a party (or both!) Florentine and Pig are always busy and always creative-—especially when it comes to food and crafts. Each book in the exciting new Florentine and Pig series will feature a themed recipe, craft and activity, encouraging families to read, play, learn and create together. Working with children of all ages in summer camps, London-based singer-songwriter Eva Katzler became aware that many kids had forgotten—or had never known—the simple pleasures of getting a little messy with their hands. She devised the delightful partnership of Florentine and Pig as a way of encouraging children (and adults!) to rediscover the joys of making things together.


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Bloomsbury January to June 2012 New Books Catalogue