From The Dead

It has been a decade since Alan Langford’s charred remains were discovered in his burnt-out car. His wife Donna was found guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband and served ten years in prison. But just before she is released, Donna receives a nasty shock: an anonymous letter containing a photo of her husband.

The man she hates with every fibre of her being – the man she paid to have murdered – seems very much alive and well. How is it possible that her husband is still alive? Where is he? Who sent the photo, and why? DI Tom Thorne becomes involved in a case where nothing and no one are what they seem. It will take him much further from his London beat than he has ever been before – and closer to a killer who will do anything to protect his new life.

Waterloo : The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles

From the internationally bestselling author of the Sharpe novels and in the bicentenary year of the battle – this is the true story of Waterloo. On the 18th June, 1815 the armies of France, Britain and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels. In the previous three days the French army had beaten the British at Quatre Bras and the Prussians at Ligny.

The Allies were in retreat. The blood-soaked battle of Waterloo would become a landmark in European history, to be examined over and again, not least because until the evening of the 18th, the French army was close to prevailing on the battlefield. Now, brought to life by the celebrated novelist Bernard Cornwell, this is the chronicle of the four days leading up to the actual battle and a thrilling hour by hour account of that fateful day.

In his first work of non-fiction, Cornwell combines his storytelling skills with a meticulously researched history to give a riveting account of every dramatic moment, from Napoleon’s escape from Elba to the smoke and gore of the battlefields. Through letters and diaries he also sheds new light on the private thoughts of Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, as well as the ordinary officers and soldiers. Published to coincide with the bicentenary in 2015, Waterloo is a tense and gripping story of heroism and tragedy – and of the final battle that determined the fate of Europe.

Walking Home : My Family, and Other Rambles

I am at home with my brother Andrew banging on about the joys of walking. Suddenly he says, ‘You should do the Wayfarer’s Walk. We always talked about it, do you remember?’ So I start thinking about it seriously.

It is 71 miles in total. It will be a great family adventure. Won’t it? In Clare Balding’s family, walking just took too long – she galloped through the countryside and she galloped through life.

There was certainly no time to get to know Britain beyond its racecourses. Then, in 1999, Clare took a call out of the blue from a BBC producer looking for a presenter for a new radio series. ‘Do you walk?’ she asked.

‘Well, I walk the dog…’ That series, Ramblings, is still going strong – and Clare’s caught the walking bug. Since then she’s covered fifteen hundred miles of footpaths, from the Pennine Way to the South West Coastal Path. She’s tackled apocalyptic thunderstorms, struggled with blisters and a twisted ankle, and seduced fans of ‘erotic radio’ by getting changed in a bus stop.

She’s walked with historians, geologists, twitchers, botanists and poets, who’ve told her things they never thought they would reveal. Now she wants her family to share some of that pleasure. She and her brother Andrew are determined to conquer the Wayfarer’s Walk, a route which runs past their family stables Kingsclere.

What could possibly go wrong? This is a story of paths and people, of discovering the glories of Britain and Ireland, and of (mis)adventures with the family. Along the way there are charming diversions and life-changing rambles, including her take on the 2012 Olympics. And, finally, this is Clare’s story of Walking Home…Clare Balding’s first book, My Animals and Other Family, was a runaway number one bestseller and won Autobiography of the Year at the 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards.

Clare broadcasts on TV and radio for the BBC, Channel 4 and BT Sport. In 2013 she received an OBE for services to broadcasting and journalism. She lives in West London with her partner Alice, their wayward Tibetan Terrier Archie and a cat who couldn’t give a damn called Itty.

Praise for My Animals and Other Family: “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want a horse”. (Caitlin Moran). “Moving, funny, and larger than life”.

(Michael Morpurgo). “Simply fabulous”. (Jilly Cooper).

“Stonking anecdotes …sharply charming’ Guardian ‘Magical, enchanting, riotously eccentric”. (Daily Mail).

WRITING ON THE WALL

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