JAuthor: Nafida Mohamed Publisher: Harper, 278 pages AMA is a 10-year-old boy who grew up on the streets of Aden, a vibrant and ancient seaport filled with ragamuffins and vagabonds. He can barely remember his father.
When his mother dies and he loses everything he has in his life, he realises that his only chance of survival lies in finding his father. He knows that his father is well and alive in Britain, and so he sets out on a journey that will take him through war-torn Sudan, Eritrea, Egypt and Palestine.
This is a story of the scars war leaves behind, and of a little boy’s long walk to freedom. Author: Lee Carroll Publisher: Bantam Press, 396 pages GARET James is a 26-year-old jewellery designer who lives with her father in a town house that also houses his art. As the economic crisis threatens to ruin them, she stumbles across a strange antique shop and is told to open a silver box that has been soldered shut. The moment she does it, thieves break into her house and steals the box and some valuable paintings.
The police suspect her father of attempting an insurance fraud. Setting out to clear his name, she discovers that she is descended from a long line of women who guard the barriers between this world and the supernatural realm. Author: Lindsey Kelk Publisher: Harper, 312 pages ANGELA is in the City of Love, but romance is taking a nose-dive ... She should have known it sounded too good to be true when boyfriend Alex suggested a Parisian holiday at the very the same time as fashion magazine Belle asks her to write an article.
Because, as she is wandering around the quaint city, she spots Alex cosying up to his ex. With London and her old life only a train ride away, Angela is more than ready to flee for the comfort of home. But should she stay and
fight for her man instead? Author: Cate Tiernan Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 407 pages FOR one whole century, the immortal Nastasya has been living life as an extremely spoiled party girl. She has almost forgotten about the violent and fatal tragedy that robbed her of her family and her birthright. But when she witnesses her best friend, a dark immortal, torture a human, she flees the scene.
Seeking refuge at a rehabilitationtion centre, she meets a sexy immortal who seems linked to her past. She knows that danger lurks close but it doesn’t stop her from falling for him. This is the first of a new trilogy from this fantasy and young adult fiction writer. Author: Glenn Plaskin Publisher: Centre Street, 254 pages JOURNALIST and New York City resident Glenn Plaskin shares the story of how his beloved cocker spaniel, Katie, brought him closer to his neighbours and turned an apartment building of strangers into a family.
Katie charms everyoneone she comes into contact with: an elderly couple, a single dad and his young son, a dog-phobic guy. She accompanies Plaskin on his interviews, receives a Christmas gift from Ivana Trump herself, stars as Toto in a theatre production of The Wizard Of Oz and makes it into page six of The New York Post! Author: Claudia Carroll Publisher: Avon, 411 pages IN this reverse Cinderella tale, Jessie Woods lives in a pink mansion and has a dream boyfriend. She’s a daredevil TV host and has more than enough shoes to last a lifetime.
To her horror, she wakes up one morning to find that her prince isn’t quite so charming and her party-loving friends have all disappeared. Heartbroken and jobless, Jessie is forced to return home to live with her stepmother and two evil stepsisters.
Is there a happy ending for our damsel in distress or is she doomed to scrub the fireplace forever? Author: Anjali Joseph Publisher: Fourth Estate, 261 pages THE city of Bombay never sleeps, but you can still find little enclaves of peace and quiet if you search hard enough.
In one such place, Mohan, a middle-aged letter writer sits under a banyan tree and collects old books. He lives with his wife, Lakshmi, who leaves to mourn the death of a sibling.
Their nephew, 19-year-old Ashish, puts up at their place. He embarks on an affair with a rich boy in college and then becomes the toy boy of his English tutor.
As Mohan scribbles away in the margins of the books he collects, he wonders what is to become of Ashish’s life and whether his wife will ever return. Author: Tess Gerritsen Publisher: Bantam Press, 322 pages SOMETHING very strange is going on in the snowbound village of Kingdom Come, Wyoming. Twelve identical houses are abandoned and meals remain untouched on dining room tables. Maura Isles finds herself trapped in this place while a snowstorm rages outside.
A few days later, she disappears. Her friend, Jane, comes looking for her, but everyone thinks it is too late: a crashed vehicle has been found with four badly burned bodies inside.
The authorities assume that one of the women is Maura. But Jane thinks that the truth lies in Kingdom Come, buried under six feet of snow.