A selection of the best short stories from Paul Jennings' earlier Puffin titles. Everyone is entirely different but all are wacky and extraordinary. Subjects range from the longest kiss ever, to a boy who becomes transparent - and the stories are all unpredictable!
Venetia Aldridge QC is a distinguished barrister. When she agrees to defend Garry Ashe, accused of the brutal murder of his aunt, it is one more opportunity to triumph in her career as a criminal lawyer.
From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines new poems with selections from four previous books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead.
For years actor and author Brian Blessed had an impossible dream - to follow in the footsteps of his childhood hero, George Leigh Mallory, who disappeared near the summit of Mount Everest in 1924. Finally in 1990, aged 53, Brian recreated Mallory's journey dressed only in Twenties clothes, for the award-winning film Galahad of Everest.
George Orwell's 1945 satire on the perils of Stalinism has proved magnificently long-lived as a parable about totalitarianism anywhere and has given the world at least one immortal phrase: "Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others."
A Genius Performance by Ian Carmichael! They plan to have a quiet country honeymoon. Then Lord Peter Wimsey and his bride Harriet Vane find the previous owner's body in the cellar. Set in a country village seething with secrets and snobbery, this is Dorothy L. Sayers' last full-length detective novel.
For Judith Dunbar, her first glimpse of Nancherrow, her friend Loveday's beautiful family estate on the Cornish coast, is love at first sight - after the rigours of boarding school it spells luxury. She falls in love, too, with all Loveday's family. They treat Judith as one of them.
An anthology of poetry accompanied by classical music, based on Lord Owen's "Seven Ages: Poetry for a Lifetime".
The CDs feature over 100 poems read by 40 actors.
They include: Michael Caine reading Rudyard Kipling's "If"; Ralph Fiennes reading Thomas Hood's "I Remember, I Remember"; John Cleese reading "The Owl and the Pussycat"; and Pete Postlethwaite reading "Kubla Khan".
Visiting the English seaside town of Cromer in the summer of 1932, the Doctor happens upon the strange world of the Cromer Palace of Curios. The young Ernestina Scott is unusually beguiled by one of the museum’s exhibits, and when the Doctor befriends her, they unwittingly embark upon a terrifying escapade.
Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son Adam has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate Spencer, they can't help but worry.
13. The breath-taking, explosive finale to the Women of the Otherworld series War is coming to the Otherworld. A sinister cult known as The Supernatural Liberation Movement is hell-bent on exposing the truth about supernaturals to the rest of the world.
A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy is a novel by the Irish-born English author Laurence Sterne, written and first published in 1768, as Sterne was facing death. In 1765 Laurence Sterne travelled through France and Italy as far south as Naples, and after returning determined to describe ....
A Sight for Sore Eyes tells three stories, and for the longest time, the reader has no inkling of how they will come together. The first is a story of a little girl who has been scolded and sent to her room when her mother is brutally murdered; as Francine grows up, she is haunted by the experience .....
The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling novel from one of America’s greatest contemporary writers. Larry Cook’s farm is the largest in Zebulon County, Iowa, and a tribute to his hard work and single-mindedness. Proud and possessive, his sudden decision to retire and hand over the farm to his ..
Although the architect of the White's victory, Auraya's first taste of war has left her sleep filled with nightmares. She walks in fields of blood and gore while the dead rise in accusation. You killed us. You.
In her new role as protector of the Siyee, Auraya investigates sightings of a landwalker stranger in their land. She meets a mysterious woman claiming to be a friend of Mirar's: a woman who makes an offer Auraya is unable to refuse, but which she must conceal or risk the wrath of the gods.
Alice begins her fantastic journey by following an unprecedented White Rabbit with a pocket watch. While in the topsy turvy world of Wonderland, Alice takes advice from a caterpillar and attends a mad tea party. She meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, and participates in a ludicrous courtroom scene.
Adapted by Caroline Wheal and marvelously read by Janet Suzman, this delightful collection of stories is drawn from widely different cultures from all over the continent of Africa. The Chameleon and the Hare; Mfoso's Beautiful Daughters; The Thief Catcher; The Hippo and the Lion; Ears, Eyes, Legs and Arms;
Winner of Best Audiobook of the Year, 2009 Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Biography of the Year, 2009. Dear Fatty is read by Liza Tarbuck at the request of the author. With an introduction from Dawn French.
What happens when an artificial-foot freedom fighter throws a British-made foot at the Chairman of the Communist Party of China? Will Dong Xiao Ping make it to Tower Records to buy the latest Status Quo album?
The shocking true story of the Manson murders, revealed in this harrowing, often terrifying book. Helter Skelter won a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award in 1975 for Best Fact Crime Book. On August 9th 1969, seven people were found shot, stabbed and bludgeoned to death in Los Angeles.
This title features the Christmas Special, called "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Christmas Carol", broadcast on Christmas Day 2003. Rather than being the normal quiz show, the regulars will be telling the story of Ebenezer Scrumph and his poor assistant Crotchet with the help of the regular guests...
The author of the "Minack Chronicles" has written a tribute to his late wife Jeannie. Following Jeannie's death, Derek has received over 7000 letters from readers who had come to know and love her as the heroine of his biographical Minack Chronicles. The story recounts their life together .....
A biography of Marlene Dietrich, the actress and singer who worked with some of Hollywood's most famous film directors. During the World War II, she established her career as a concert artist, but in her homeland she was branded as a traitor. 15 years later she made a triumphant return to Germany.
Middlemarch is a complex tale of idealism, disillusion, profligacy, loyalty and frustrated love. This penetrating analysis of the life of an English provincial town during the time of social unrest prior to the Reform Bill of 1832 is told through the lives of Dorothea Brooke and Dr Tertius Lydgate ....
Miranda (Miranda Hart) is an unconventional woman. She’s six feet tall, self-conscious and posh. And is frequently mistaken for a man. She’s also invested her inheritance in a joke shop that she runs with her friend Stevie (Sarah Hadland) while trying to deal with her outrageously embarrassing mother ....
Miss Smilla Jasperson isn't prepared to accept the Copenhagen police's verdict of accidental death when a neighbour's six-year-old boy falls from the roof of a block of flats. She's a Greenlander, and her feeling for snow tells her that the footprints in the snow are a clue to what happened.
In 1695, Isaac Newton, already renowned as the greatest mind of his age, made a surprising career change. He left quiet Cambridge, where he had lived for 30 years and made his earth-shattering discoveries, and moved to London to take up the post of Warden of His Majestys Mint.
Exclusive to Brainfood Audiobooks! Esteemed actor Edward (Nicholas Nickleby) Petherbridge uses the story of Symeon Stylites, the 5th century monk who lived on a pillar for thirty-six years, as a framework for an existential inquiry into imagination, belief, doubt, miracles and why one would live 'as I live.'
The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has .....
Millennia of conflict between humans and mechs have driven the human race to near-extinction. Now, as the fierce AI mechs begin their final assault on mankind, it soon becomes apparent that three men of three generations in a family of voyagers are their targets.
"I've experienced a whole lot the last few years, and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed,
Stepping Up argues that almost every problem, from global warming to personal issues to business challenges, can be solved if each of us were to look to ourselves to be the agent of change, rather than looking to others. The more each of us takes responsibility and chooses to step up and initiate change,
With the current financial crisis, high unemployment, and tight credit, you may be saying to yourself: "Who is acting rich these days? We're barely making ends meet." The reality is that the recession may have caused us to take a breather, but every indication is that we will pick up right where we left off ...
The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing .....
A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion. Bertie rescues an orphaned lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus.
Ben accidentally tells the hunter that there are wolves still left in Surrey, so the hunter sets out to track them down. His quest leads him across the country until, just when he thinks the last of the wolves has gone, the trail mysteriously reappears. But this time he is the one being followed.
On Whidbey Island, secrets never stay buried.... Becca's ability to hear the broken thoughts of others has not turned out to be a fabulous gift after all. It has got in the way of her being able to function in the world normally. More seriously, it makes her think she knows things that she doesn't know at all.
One Thursday lunchtime Earth is unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this is already more than he can cope with.
Turning on its head the regimented structure of the traditional novel, TRISTRAM SHANDY uses a bawdy, nonsensical narrator to relate the story of his life in haphazard sequence, using little plot and fragrant digression. Fascinated by the sexual and the bizarre, Tristram focuses on his eccentric .....
It is 1842 and Maria Merryweather, a 13-year-old orphan is on her journey to the mysterious Moonacre Manor. There she finds herself in a crumbling house of secrets and mystery in a world caught up in time. Maria discovers that she is the last Moon Princess and she has only until the next full moon...
Christmas comes but once a year. Luckily ...The Christmas holiday is, traditionally, a time when families gather together. In Ralph's case this means ten or more relatives coming to stay, including assorted aunts and uncles, nutty Great-Aunt Ida (the Home tells them to be careful not to let her out)
This new translation by award-winning translator Robert Fagles captures the energy of Homer's original in bold, contemporary idiom. This is an Odyssey to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who -
What could link the slick world of London boardrooms, an isolated island race in the Maldives and the mysterious voyages of a battered ship skippered by a brooding alcoholic? It falls to Geoffrey Bailey to unlock the mystery, but first he must overcome both family tragedy and the ....
Constantinople, 1203. As the rapacious armies of the Fourth Crusade lay siege to the city, a small band of Templars infiltrate the imperial library. They escape with three large chests filled with explosive secrets - ones they will not live long enough to learn.
So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination,
There is a slight fade during the first minute of this tape but due to it's rarity we have decided to list it at a very low price. This is an excellent short dramatisation of this great novel. A seminal and hugely imaginative work of early science fiction, H.G. Wells's The Time Machine is ...
Queen Victoria's reign is in full flourish, her Empire expanding and her colonies stretching across the globe. In Africa, the land proves rich with minerals, and the trading companies continue to cross the seas and grow. On the banks of the river Nile, two families meet: the Courtneys and the Ballantynes.
This performance of T.S. Eliot's works is of exceptional quality.
It is a mono recording and the tapes are over 30 years old, but the beauty with which Sir Alec Guinness brings these poems to life is sablime. A must for anyone interested in T.S. Eliot or Sir Alec Guinness!
The Woodlanders is vintage Hardy. The story revolves around the young woman Grace Melbury, who returns to the leafy world of Little Hintock and soon finds herself at the centre of a number of tragic events. In penetrating, incisive and beautiful prose, Hardy tells a moving tale of unrequited love ....
A final volume of the classic Gormenghast novels, produced from recently discovered manuscripts written by Peake's wife and based on his outlines, follows Titus's nightmarish departure from Castle Gormenghast.
As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library.
Completely revised and expanded edition of one of today s most popular and practical books on treating depression. Updated throughout. Like heart disease, says psychotherapist Richard O Connor, depression is fuelled by complex and interrelated factors: genetic, biochemical, environmental.
Inspector Zen has a problem: an impossible murder, recorded on the closed-circuit video of Oscar Burolo's top-security Sardinian fortress. As Zen gets to work, he is once again plunged into a menacing and violent world where his own life is soon at risk.
One of the greatest novels of all time, War and Peace explores historical, social, ethical and religious issues on a scale never before attempted in fiction, and reflects the panorama of life at every level of Russian society during the 19th Century.
The hijacking of a jumbo jet off the Seychelles galvanizes anti-terrorist chief Peter Stride into the action for which he has spent a lifetime training. But even in the hail of bullets that follows, he knows that this is only the beginning of a nightmare.
When Mr Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity and retribution, the effects of which ...
Precious Ramotswe has always idolised her father, the late Obed Ramotswe. She feels that she knows all about his life – but does she? Sometimes our parents surprise us, and we discover that things were not quite what we thought them to be.
Across the country, the revolutionary MindUP program, which was developed under the auspices of the Hawn Foundation, established by Goldie Hawn, is teaching children vital social and emotional skills. By understanding how their brains work, children discover where their emotions come from....
On the hot Texas army base she calls home, Katie spends the lazy days of her summer waiting: waiting to grow up; waiting for Dickie Mack to fall in love with her; waiting for her breasts to blossom; waiting for the beatings to stop. Since their mother died, Katie and her older sister, Diane....
A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave...
Agatha has fallen in love - again. This time it's the local gardener, George Marston, she has her eye on. But competition for his attention abounds. With her shameless determination Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball in town just for the chance to dance with him.
Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut's words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation.
An exciting approach to learning German with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. Over 12 hours of easy-listening. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure. For all those who have struggled to learn German in the past. For all those who think they’re just not a linguist.
The Responsible Decision: The buck stops here. I accept responsibility for my past. I am responsible for my success. I will not let my history control my destiny. The Guided Decision: I will seek wisdom. The Active Decision: I am a person of action. The Certain Decision: I have a decided heart.
Every summer for generations, three families intertwined by history, marriage, and career have spent “the season” at their beach cottage compounds on an island in Puget Sound. Today, Martha “Pete” Petersen, married to Tyler Strong, is the lynchpin of the “summer people.”
This 2 CD set contains everything you need to accompany any surgery you are undergoing. Forty years of research has shown that patients who are psychologically prepared for surgery have improved outcomes. Hypnosis, when used in addition to anesthesia, can decrease anxiety and pain....
James Blakely is a good man who has done some bad things in his time. So when he's viciously gunned down in his sleep, he's faced with a choice: Proceed immediately to an afterlife of eternal damnation or haunt the world of the living in search of redemption - and one last shot at heaven.
What is young Alex MacBuff to do? 'I will buy your castle,' declared Hiram C. Hopgood. 'But only if there are no ghosts!' Alex MacBuff can't afford to keep his beloved Castle Carra - and an American millionaire has made him an offer he can't refuse. But the castle is full of ghosts!
In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth - a widow whose sons work abroad - lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's been sent by the authorities to be Ruth's carer. At first, Ruth is happy to have the company.
Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner's confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny's disgraced father. Sonny wants revenge.
Stuck in a job he doesn't want - but can't afford to lose - as nominal Head of the Communications Department at Fenland University, Wilt is still subject to the whims of The Powers That Be, both in and outside of work. The demands of his snobbish wife Eva, and the stupendous school fees....
These two stories are the second and third parts of T.H. White's classic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. Arthur has become king, Guinevere and Lancelot fall in love, and the kingdom is threatened from the north.