WINNER OF THE THURBER PRIZE
The compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
One of the comedy world’s brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving readers a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him.
Noah was born a crime, son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the first years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, take him away.
A collection of eighteen personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man’s fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother – a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.
Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah’s own hilarious stand-up. Born a Crime is a must read.
Eve wasn’t sure what it said about her that she was more comfortable in the morgue than a baby boutique. And she didn’t care. The scent of death was the familiar.
Rushing to the murder scenes of a tortured young woman, Eve is far more at home than when organising best friend Mavis’s baby shower.
And then one of Mavis’s guests – the young, pregnant Tandy – disappears into thin air. Eve steps in, but when the facts begin to blur with the earlier murders, she unearths a chilling trail of deception and cold-blooded greed, leading to a terrifying hunt to find Tandy before time runs out.
‘Fast-paced, superbly crafted’ Library Journal
*** From the acclaimed author of THE LAST THING TO BURN comes a new thriller about identity, rivalry and deceit. ***
‘Tiptoes into Highsmith territory here. Pacy, exhilarating and jaw-dropping, it’s a meditation on identity and loneliness as well as a bloody good pageturner. New York buffets the characters about its ruthless streets, just as the reader is propelled from one twist to the next’ ERIN KELLY
‘Will Dean writes a mean thriller, with a keen ear for what scares us. The streets of New York shine off the page, and the action rarely lets up. Highly recommended’ SARAH HILARY
‘Will Dean manages to accomplish the rare blend of excellent writing and intriguing, ingenious plotting‘ LIZ NUGENT
THE LAST THING A TWIN EXPECTS IS TO BE ALONE …
Molly lives a quiet, contained life in London. Naturally risk averse, she gains comfort from security and structure. Every day the same.
Her identical twin Katie is her exact opposite: gregarious and spontaneous. They used to be inseparable, until Katie moved to New York a year ago. Molly still speaks to her daily without fail.
But when Molly learns that Katie has died suddenly in New York, she is thrown into unfamiliar territory. Katie is part of her DNA. As terrifying as it is, she must go there and find out what happened. As she tracks her twin’s last movements, cracks begin to emerge. Nothing is what it seems. And a web of deceit is closing around her.
Delivering the same intensity of pace and storytelling that made THE LAST THING TO BURN a word-of-mouth sensation, FIRST BORN will surprise, shock and enthral.
‘Shiveringly good suspense!’ Lisa Gardner
THE THIRD BOOK IN A GRIPPING SERIES FROM 30 MILLION COPY SELLING AUTHOR.
At first Kacey Lambert thinks it’s a sad, strange coincidence that two women with an amazing resemblance to her have died suddenly.
But detective Selena Alvarez suspects otherwise. An autopsy confirms that one of the women had traces of poison in her blood…
And Kacey has started to notice ties between the dead women’s lives and her own. They were all close in age. They were born within a few miles of each other. And they all have ties with Trace O’Halleran, the single father Kacey is dating.
Soon more lookalikes are dying and as the body count rises, the killer gets bolder and more brutal. All Kacey knows is that it’s only a matter of time before hers is the next name on a list of those who were born to die.
‘She is one of the best’ Harlan Coben
THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES, AFRAID TO DIE, IS AVAILABLE NOW
The second most infamous member of the shadow organisation called Sentella, Kere, an explosives engineer, is known for striking terror in the hearts of all enemies. The bounty on his head is truly staggering, and no one outside the Sentella knows his real identity.
Zarya Starska grew up hard on the back streets of hell. Labeled a traitor because of her father’s political beliefs, she dreams of a different life and a different world. A world where the harsh hand of the Caronese government doesn’t destroy the lives of its citizens. As a resistance leader, her goal is to topple to government that took her father’s life, along with her mysterious right-hand man, known only as Kere.
But Kere has a dark secret. He’s out for revenge for past crimes against his family, and plans to annihilate all those he feels guilty, along with every resistance member he can find . . . including Zarya.
ADAPTED FOR YOUNG READERS
The host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, tells the story of growing up mixed race in South Africa under and after apartheid in this young readers’ adaptation of his bestselling adult memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
BORN A CRIME IS SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING OSCAR-WINNER LUPITA NYONG’O!
Trevor Noah, host ofThe Daily Show, shares his remarkable story of growing up in South Africa, with a black South African mother and a white European father at a time when it was against the law for a mixed-race child like him to exist. But he did exist — and from the beginning, the often-misbehaved Trevor used his keen smarts and humour to navigate a harsh life under a racist government.
This compelling memoir blends drama, comedy and tragedy to depict the day-to-day trials that turned a boy into a young man. In a country where racism barred blacks from social, educational, and economic opportunity, Trevor surmounted staggering obstacles and created a promising future for himself, thanks to his mom’s unwavering love and indomitable will.
It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime not only provides a fascinating and honest perspective on South Africa’s racial history, but it will also astound and inspire young readers looking to improve their own lives.
A young woman struggles to escape her past, in order to find the happiness she so desperately craves…
Born to Trouble by Rita Bradshaw is a compelling saga guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings. Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin and Kitty Neale.
Born into the worst of families in Sunderland’s filthy, crime-ridden East End, Pearl Croft’s childhood is miserable. Shortly after her violent, drunken father is killed in a fight, Pearl’s elder brothers are sent to prison leaving her, still a child herself, to care for her baby brothers. Pearl’s mother brings her ‘clients’ to the house, one of whom has a penchant for little girls…
Terrified and hurt, Pearl runs away from home and is found, feverish and near death, by Romany gypsies. But this is far from the end of Pearl’s struggles. Years pass, and as Pearl reaches womanhood she begins to wonder if she is simply born to trouble or will she find happiness one day?
What readers are saying about Born to Trouble:
‘Love, loss, poverty, family and success – even touched on WW1‘
‘Loved it from beginning to end. Lovely, romantic story of rags to riches’
‘I loved this book, it kept me enthralled right to the end. I couldn’t put it down‘
Switching continuously between 1984 and the present day, Born Under Punches follows the intertwined lives of a small group of characters, all linked in various ways to the 1984 miners’ strike: Tony Woodhouse, a professional footballer who can’t escape his shady past; Tommy Jobson, cruising the streets of Newcastle, violently collecting debts, about to be sucked into something far more dangerous; Mick Hutton, a striking miner, increasingly desperate to find ways to support his wife and growing family; Stephen Larkin, an idealistic young journalist, determined to expose the truth about the strike – as he sees it; Stephen’s sister, Louise, in love with Tony Woodhouse, stalked by a shadowy figure from her past. As the lives of these five characters unfold, it becomes clear the strike will have devastating repercussions – not only for those directly involved, but for future generations too.
‘Deeply layered, fiendishly clever and absorbing’ Matt Hilton, author of the Joe Hunter series
The first gritty thriller in the Avison Fluke series by M. W. Craven, the acclaimed author of The Puppet Show.
Detective Inspector Avison Fluke is a man on the edge. He has committed a crime to get back to work, concealed a debilitating illness and is about to be made homeless. Just as he thinks things can’t get any worse, the body of a young woman is found buried on a Cumbrian building site.
Shot once in the back of the head, it is a cold, calculated execution. When the post-mortem reveals she has gone to significant expense in disguising her appearance, Fluke knows this is no ordinary murder.
With the help of a psychotic ex-Para, a gangland leader and a woman more interested in maggots than people, Fluke must find out who she was and why she was murdered before he can even think about finding her killer…
Praise for M. W. Craven:
‘Dark, sharp and compelling’ PETER JAMES
‘Fantastic’ MARTINA COLE
‘Britain’s answer to Harry Bosch’ MATT HILTON
‘Thrilling’ MICK HERRON
‘Brilliantly inventive’ WILLIAM SHAW
‘A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent’ DAVID MARK
Some men are born to be murdered
Classic crime from one of the greats of the Detection Club
Lewis Bishop was born to be murdered – the perfect victim, a man whom many had every reason to hate and fear. When he is suddenly shot dead one night he leaves behind him only unpleasant memories, a flood of relief, and a pretty puzzle for the police – and a case for the irrepressible detective Arthur Crook . . .
Welfare worker Paul Gunther is killed when he looks into the blackmailing of some of his cases. Lieutenant George Shaw leads the murder investigation, which touches on the jazz community and beatnik culture of Oakland in the early 1960’s.
The House on Lily Street is the story of a corrupt and narcissistic young man, born to privilege, who dallies among the poor-and gets in over his head.
Some fairy tales are born of dreams . . . and some are born of nightmares.
‘I loved Path of Needles. Dark but satisfying like the best chocolate’ ELLY GRIFFITHS, bestselling author of The Postscript Murders
Chrissie Farrell is young, beautiful and about to be crowned Queen of the Dance. But on the evening of her triumph she is abducted and murdered, her body left for the police to find.
With no other clues, the disturbing way in which Chrissie’s body has been posed has PC Cate Corbin at a loss – until university lecturer Alice Hyland is called in. An expert on fairy tales, Alice quickly notices a connection between the murder and an obscure version of Snow White.
When a second body is found, Alice is dragged further into the investigation – and only then realises that she is becoming a suspect.
‘Psychologically complex hybrid of magical realism and police procedural’ Publishers Weekly
Now Alice must fight, not just to prove her innocence, but to protect herself: because the body count is growing and it’s looking like she might be next . . .
When a friend’s sixteen-year-old daughter goes missing, investigative reporter Stephen Larkin is enlisted to help find her. Following a trail of warring drug dealers, child prostituion, and born-again Christian gangsters, it soon becomes clear that they are not the only ones looking for the girl, and that others don’t care if she is found dead or alive.
Paul Henderson is a big time jewel thief on a run of bad luck. He has a seven-year-old daughter to support, so when he’s offered a partnership in the biggest heist of all time he decides to try to take the baubles and run.
He reaches Switzerland, where the crime is to take place, and wangles an invitation to a gala only to be confronted by a double threat, a double cross and a kidnapping. And all this is before the night of the burglary arrives . . .
‘Donald MacKenzie is a born storyteller’ Guardian
When a bent London policeman carries out two ruthless murders, it is with the goal of making himself rich through the sale of stolen diamonds. And to cover his tracks he sets up an ingenious labyrinth of false covers and alibis.
But when ex-cop John Raven is brought into the case by accident, it becomes a whodunit with Raven as detective in an exhilarating race against time.
‘Donald MacKenzie is a born storyteller’ Guardian