Loosely based on the lives of real 17th-century figures, Minique is a fierce outsider narrative, a feminist fable, a survival story, and a turbulent romance rolled into one utterly captivating novel.
The buzzing in her head gets louder, like there are more bees, and the itching on the top of her mouth is everywhere now, all across her tongue and teeth and the inside of her cheeks, hot, hot, hot. She takes a breath and she sees these men in the forest, sees their hands covered in blood as they skin beavers, ripping the fur from the shiny meat.
Montréal, 1680s: Minique has a secret she can’t ever tell. She knows there are horrific consequences for girls and women who do not conform. She saw it with her own eyes when Anne, the aubergiste, was viciously marched through town and charged with crimes she didn’t commit. Besides, Minique has never had family members to tell. She remembers little of her mother, a fille du roi, who arrived in Montréal on a ship; she rarely sees her father, a coureur des bois who is often away; and she barely speaks with her Tante Marie, a stern, hard woman.
Years later, after a string of tragedies, Minique has abandoned the hostility of the town and its people. She has built a home for herself in the woods, outside the boundary of Montréal. But her solitary existence is interrupted when she learns that Antoine de Cadillac, an ambitious Frenchman with a violent past, is after a monopoly of the fur trade in New France. Though initially repulsed by his greed, Minique is powerfully drawn to him. Soon, their paths start to cross in unpredictable ways as Cadillac’s determination to learn more about the “witch in the wood” intensifies. They forge a reckless, passionate connection with an ever-shifting dynamic that Minique welcomes until she realizes that everything—down to the core of who she is and the secret she carries—is at stake.
By turns fierce, gripping, poignant, and menacing, Minique is historical fiction with a contemporary twist. Here is a one-of-a-kind story about a woman’s reckoning with her own power and what she will do to protect it.
Fangirl. Volume 2
The Twilight World
A National Bestseller!
The great filmmaker Werner Herzog, in his first novel, tells the incredible story of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who defended a small island in the Philippines for twenty-nine years after the end of World War II
In 1997, Werner Herzog was in Tokyo to direct an opera. His hosts asked him, Whom would you like to meet? He replied instantly: Hiroo Onoda. Onoda was a former solider famous for having quixotically defended an island in the Philippines for decades after World War II, unaware the fighting was over. Herzog and Onoda developed an instant rapport and would meet many times, talking for hours and together unraveling the story of Onoda’s long war.
At the end of 1944, on Lubang Island in the Philippines, with Japanese troops about to withdraw, Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda was given orders by his superior officer: Hold the island until the Imperial army’s return. You are to defend its territory by guerrilla tactics, at all costs. . . . There is only one rule. You are forbidden to die by your own hand. In the event of your capture by the enemy, you are to give them all the misleading information you can. So began Onoda’s long campaign, during which he became fluent in the hidden language of the jungle. Soon weeks turned into months, months into years, and years into decades—until eventually time itself seemed to melt away. All the while Onoda continued to fight his fictitious war, at once surreal and tragic, at first with other soldiers, and then, finally, alone, a character in a novel of his own making.
In The Twilight World, Herzog immortalizes and imagines Onoda’s years of absurd yet epic struggle in an inimitable, hypnotic style—part documentary, part poem, and part dream—that will be instantly recognizable to fans of his films. The result is a novel completely unto itself, a sort of modern-day Robinson Crusoe tale: a glowing, dancing meditation on the purpose and meaning we give our lives.
Around the World in 80 Musical Instruments
How on Earth do you play a bass that's 3.5 metres tall?
How can you play a theremin without touching it?
Can you turn a cave's stalactites into an organ? (spoiler alert: yes, you can!)
This beautifully-illustrated book is a visual celebration of the huge variety of instruments played across the world, from those you know to those you almost certainly don't. Grouped into percussion instruments, wind, and string, as well as the weird and wonderful that defy categorization, readers will discover how they are all related to each other in 'families', and enjoy exploring the musical family tree as a fold-out poster.
Around the World in 80 Musical Instruments covers traditional instruments from various cultures, such as the gamelan and mbira, as well as the creations of modern artists and musicians, such as the Wintergatan Marble Machine and the eerie-sounding yaybahar. Readers will even discover a band that plays exclusively on instruments fashioned from fresh vegetables, and makes the offcuts into soup to serve to the audience!
- Percussion: Cajon, Maraca, Mbira, Monkey stick, Stalactite organ, Piano, Steelpan, Gong, Standing bell, Skrabalai, Castanets, Treshchotka, Cantaro, Taiko, Talking drum, Shekere, Daf, Jaw harp, Cimbalom, Ferrinho, Guiro, Gamelan, Xylophone
- String: Violin, Cello, Erhu, Imzad, Jouhikko, K'ni, Earth harp, Celtic harp, Begena, Koto, Appalachian dulcimer, Ukulele, Guitarron, Charango, Guitarron chileno, Mouth-bow, Balalaika, Bouzouki, Oud, Sitar, Tanbur, Kora, Hurdy-gurdy
- Wind: Dizi, Nose flute, Siku, Ateneben, Ocarina, Calliope, Algaita, Balaban, Nadaswaram, Trumpet, Serpent, Alphorn, Digeridoo, Putatara, Vuvuzela, Saxophone, Mijwiz, Alboka, Kazoo, Sheng, Hulusi, Bagpipes, Accordion
- Weird and Wonderful: Wheelharp, Yaybahar, Vegetables, Melody road, Marble machine, Adapted instruments, Glass armonica, Hydraulaphone, Sea organ, Theremin, Moog synthesiser, Zeusaphone
Do Baby Elephants Suck Their Trunks?
There are babies everywhere! Some babies can fly and some babies can swim. Most animal babies are very different to us, but there are lots of special ways that we might be the same. Especially when we were very little. This book encourages children to think about what makes them unique while learning about amazing similarities they might share with babies in the animal kingdom. From giraffes wobbling as they walk to puppies losing their baby teeth, each spread is fully illustrated with artwork that captures the love between parent and child.
Basher Science Mini: Green Technology
• Did you know that our planet is choking in greenhouse gases?
• That 2020 was the hottest year EVER?
• And that more than one million species are at risk of extinction?
Climate change is here right now and the superheroes of the Green Tech world want to do something about it. Tidal Lagoon, Smart Grid, and Carbon Capture are just three of the amazing technologies coming to the rescue. They will find sustainable ways to create, use, and store energy. They will show us how to clean up our air and our oceans. And they will help us to put Nature first. Why, even now, Solar Panel, Wind Turbine, and Geothermal Power are hard at work to make polluting fossil fuels a thing of the past.
Perfect for home or school, Basher's highly original books make difficult concepts tangible, understandable, and even lovable. Chatty first-person text and stylish, contemporary character illustrations give a voice, personality and story to each topic—a brilliant way to communicate science.
La véritable histoire de Timmy, petit enquêteur au Far West
The No-B.S. guide to breastfeeding: advice for the new mom from an experienced lactation consultant
Les hôtesses de l'air. 1, L'embarquement
Quatre histoires de famille : nouvelles
A brilliant American president is also a psychopath. He has his finger on the red button. And he’s about to start a world war with our most dangerous enemy. Put your finger on the order button. Push it to read James Patterson’s best and scariest novel yet.
“Pure Patterson… Blowback asks us to imagine what would happen if a narcissistic psychopath were elected to the White House [and] to experience the terror of the world hanging in the balance at a moment when only a handful of determined patriots can save us.” –Ron Charles, Washington Post
US President Keegan Barrett has swept into office on his success as Director of the CIA. Six months into his first term, he devises a clandestine power grab with deadly consequences.
Barrett personally orders CIA agents Liam Grey and Noa Himel to execute his plan, but their loyalties are divided. The CIA serves at the pleasure of the president, yet they’ve sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
When the threat comes directly from the Oval Office, that’s where the blowback begins.
On a warm August evening, Brenda Missen, a 37-year-old single, unattached writer, pitches her tent beside a lake in Canada's 7,600 square-kilometre [3,000 square-mile] Algonquin Provincial Park. She is on a four-night reconnaissance mission, an hour's paddle from the parking lot, to find out if she has the capability>--and nerve>--to one day take a real canoe trip in the park interior by herself. Paddling and portaging from her campsite by day and surviving imaginary bear attacks by night, she decides she's ready. Then a ranger arrives to check her permit, and an inexplicable, powerful intuition tells her this is the person she's meant to marry. Going solo may not be necessary after all.
But the fairy tale unravels. In the wake of a broken engagement to her One True Paddling Partner, Brenda ventures into the near wilderness on a series of solo canoe trips that blow all her perceptions of romance, relationships, God, and her own self (gently) out of the water. In our high-tech, urban age, when so many people are disconnected from the natural world, Tumblehome--part spiritual memoir, part travel adventure, and great part ode to the Earth--is a timely and important exploration of where our real roots lie.
Just Like Home
'Come home.' Vera's mother called and Vera obeyed. In spite of their long estrangement, in spite of the memories - she's come back to the home of a serial killer. Back to face the love she had for her father and the bodies he buried there, beneath the house he'd built for his family.
Coming home is hard enough for Vera, and to make things worse, she and her mother aren't alone. A parasitic artist has moved into the guest house out back and is slowly stripping Vera's childhood for spare parts. He insists that he isn't the one leaving notes around the house in her father's handwriting . . . but who else could it possibly be?
There are secrets yet undiscovered in the foundations of the notorious Crowder House. Vera must face them and find out for herself just how deep the rot goes.
READERS LOVE JUST LIKE HOME:
'If you are a fan of Stephen King, then this book will be the one for you'
'Along with an engaging plot, the writing is compelling and beautiful. This is a book that I feel will stick with me for a long time to come'
'A creepy and dark read and definitely not what I was expecting. I could not put this book down and finally turned the last page in the wee hours'
'I was actually terrified while reading it, and the emotion lingered long after I finished it. It kept me up all night'
'A slow burn thriller with an unnerving protagonist and an atmospheric setting? Yes, please!'
'It was dark, creepy and haunting and made me sleep with a light on'
PRAISE FOR THE ECHO WIFE:
'An edge-of-your-seat tale . . . a unique, thrilling adventure, with truly unexpected twists and turns the whole way through' Independent
'It's an unpredictable story . . . chilling . . . for an escape from our current stuck-at-home situation, The Echo Wife could be for you' Daily Record
'Looking for one of the best science fiction books wrapped up in a mystery? Look no further . . . Gloriously inventive and full of surprises' Woman & Home Online
Hell and Back
A new novel in the beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series.
What if you woke up lying in the middle of the street in the infamous town of Fort Pratt, Montana, where thirty young Native boys perished in a tragic 1896 boarding-school fire? What if every person you encountered in that endless night was dead? What if you were covered in blood and missing a bullet from the gun holstered on your hip? What if there was something out there in the yellowed skies, along with the deceased and the smell of ash and dust, something the Northern Cheyenne refer to as the Éveohtsé-heómėse, the Wandering Without, the Taker of Souls? What if the only way you know who you are is because your name is printed in the leather sweatband of your cowboy hat, and what if it says your name is Walt Longmire . . . but you don’t remember him?
In Hell and Back, the eighteenth installment of the Longmire series, author Craig Johnson takes the beloved sheriff to the very limits of his sanity to do battle with the most dangerous adversary he’s ever faced: himself.
Like a Rolling Stone: a memoir