A Talent for Murder
‘I wouldn't scream if I were you. Unless you want the whole world to learn about your husband and his mistress.’
Agatha Christie, in London to visit her literary agent, boards a train, preoccupied and flustered in the knowledge that her husband Archie is having an affair. She feels a light touch on her back, causing her to lose her balance, then a sense of someone pulling her to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a terrifying sequence of events. Her rescuer is no guardian angel; rather, he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind. Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness and resourcefulness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her genius for murder to kill on his behalf.
Blood Beneath the Skin
When Alexander McQueen committed suicide in 2010, aged 40, a shocked world mourned the loss of its most visionary fashion designer. McQueen had risen from beginnings as the son of a London taxi driver to the heights of fame, fortune and glamour. But behind the bad-boy image lay a sensitive soul who struggled to survive in the ruthless world of fashion.
In Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin, the designer's family, friends and lovers have spoken for the first time about the man they knew, a fragmented and insecure individual, a lost boy who battled to gain entry into a world that destroyed him.
The book will soon be adapted into a film directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Weekend, Looking) with a script by Chris Urch.
Mad Girl's Love Story
On 25 February 1956, 23-year-old Sylvia Plath walked into a party and spotted Ted Hughes. The sensational aspects of their relationship have dominated the cultural landscape to the extent that their story has taken on the resonance of a modern myth. However, before they met, Plath had lived a complex, creative and disturbing life. Drawing on interviews with friends and lovers who have never spoken openly about Plath before and previously unavailable papers, this is the first book to focus on the early life of the 20h century's most enduring female poet. Mad Girl's Love Song reclaims Plath from the tangle of emotions around her relationship and reveals the origins of her unsettled and unsettling voice, a voice that, 50 years after her death, still has the power to haunt and disturb.
Harold Robbins: The Man Who Invented Sex
Harold Robbins, the godfather of the airport novel, changed the face of publishing with classics such as The Carpetbaggers, The Dream Merchants and The Lonely Lady. His readers loved his steamy tales of money, soft porn, drugs, corruption, greed and, just sometimes, redemption. The world's first playboy writer, Robbins reportedly frittered away $50 million on fast cars, loose women and high living. But, obsessed with fame and fortune, Robbins was a deeply complex and often controversial man, and even his closest friends and lovers could only guess at the past of the man behind the perma-tanned mask and gigantic mirrored sunglasses. This is the fascinating story of his extraordinary life.
The Lying Tongue
When Adam Woods takes a job as the assistant to the reclusive bestselling author Gordon Crace he unearths a secret that takes him from the dank canals of Venice back to England, and his own murky past. What follows is a deadly game of cat and mouse, involving deception, blackmail and the cold lust for fame. But it is not until Adam returns to Venice and the two men confront each other that it transpires all is not as it appears to be . . . The Lying Tongue is a deeply atmospheric thriller that will grip you until its shocking climax.
Shadow of the Titanic:
The Extraordinary Stories
of Those Who Survived
We think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - but little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. How did the loss of the ship shape the lives of the people who survived? How did those who were saved feel about those who perished? And how did they remember that terrible night, in effect a disaster that has been likened to the destruction of a small town? Shadow of the Titanic sheds new light on this enduringly fascinating story, by showing how the disaster shaped the lives of passengers who survived.
Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith - author of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY - had more than her share of secrets. During her life, she felt uncomfortable about discussing the source of her fiction and refused to answer questions about her private life. Yet after her death in 1995, Highsmith left behind a vast archive of personal documents - diaries, notebooks and letters - which detail the links between her life and work. Drawing on these intimate papers, together with material gleaned from her friends and lovers, this first biography of the author described by Graham Greene as the 'poet of apprehension', illuminates the dark corners of Highsmith's life, casts light on mysteries of the creative process and reveals the secrets that she chose to keep hidden until after her death.