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Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times, By Mark Leibovich, Read by Joe Barrett
HarperCollins Publishers

From the No.1 bestselling author of This Town comes a thrillingly raw and hysterical account of the billionaires, crooks, charlatans and scoundrels that own and run the NFL. American Football – with its celebrity players, billionaire owners, and cheerleaders with flawless teeth – is more American than apple pie. Which is why the celebrated New York Times journalist, Mark Leibovich, has chosen football as the vehicle through which to examine the troubled state of Trump’s America. Big Game chronicles a four-year odyssey that has taken Leibovich deeper inside the NFL than anyone has gone before. From the owners' meeting to the draft to the sidelines of crucial games, he takes in the show at the elbow of everyone from Tom Brady to big-name owners to the cordially despised NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell.Ultimately, this is a story of what may come to be seen as ‘peak football’ – the high point of the sport’s economic success and cultural dominance, but also the moment when the dark side began to show. It is an era of explosive revenue growth, as deluxe new stadiums spring up all over the country, but also one of creeping existential fear. Football was never thought to be easy on the body – players joke darkly that the NFL stands for ‘not for long’ for good reason – but as the true impact of concussions become inescapable background noise, it’s become increasingly difficult to enjoy the simple glory of football without the buzzkill of its obvious consequences. And that was before Donald Trump. In 2016, the NFL slammed headlong into America's culture wars. Big Game is a journey through an epic storm. Through it all, Leibovich always keeps one eye on Tom Brady and his beloved Patriots, through to the 2018 Super Bowl. Pro football, this hilarious and enthralling book proves, may not be the sport America needs, but it is most definitely the sport it deserves.

Political corruption
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Finding Lucy, By Diana Finley, Read by Rachael Beresford
HarperCollins Publishers

Do you know who you really are? A gripping suspense story from Diana Finley. Pre-order now.

Thriller / suspense
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The Legacy of Lucy Harte: A poignant, life-affirming novel that will make you laugh and cry, By Emma Heatherington, Read by Melanie McHugh
HarperCollins Publishers

This beautiful, heartbreaking novel is a must read for fans of bestselling authors Jojo Moyes, Kelly Rimmer and SD Robertson. ‘Sometimes time is all we have with the people we love. I ask you to slow down in life. To take your time, but don’t waste it….’ Maggie O'Hara knows better than most that life can change in a heartbeat. Eighteen years ago she was given the most precious gift- a second-hand heart, and a second chance at life. Always thankful, Maggie has never forgotten Lucy Harte – the little girl who saved her life. But as Maggie's own life begins to fall apart, and her heart is broken in love, she loses sight of everything she has to live for… Until an unexpected letter changes Maggie’s life. It seems Lucy's final gift to Maggie is much more than the heart that beats inside her. It's a legacy that Maggie must learn to live by, a promise to live, laugh, fall in love and heal her broken heart for good. Because as the keeper of a borrowed heart, Maggie's time is more precious than most. She must make every cherished second count…

Modern and contemporary fiction (post c. 1945)
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The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life, By David Quammen, Read by Jacques Roy
HarperCollins Publishers

Our understanding of the ‘tree of life’, with powerful implications for human genetics, human health and our own human nature, has recently completely changed. This book is about a new method of telling the story of life on earth – through molecular phylogenetics. It involves a fairly simple method – the reading of the deep history of life by looking at the variation in protein molecules found in living organisms. For instance, we now know that roughly eight per cent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection. In The Tangled Tree, acclaimed science writer David Quammen chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them – such as Carl Woese, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about ‘mosaic’ creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health. Quammen explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life – including where we humans fit into it. Thanks to new technologies, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition – through sideways insertions, as nature has long been doing. The Tangled Tree is a brilliant exploration of our transformed understanding of evolution and of life’s history itself.

Evolution
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One Little Lie, By Sam Carrington, Read by Rachel Atkins
HarperCollins Publishers

‘Sam Carrington has done it again. One Little Lie is a twisty, gripping read. I loved it.’ Cass Green ‘Expertly written … with plentiful twists and unforgettable characters, it's an insightful and unnerving read.’ Caroline Mitchell ‘My name is Alice. And my son is a murderer.’ Deborah’s son was killed four years ago. Alice’s son is in prison for committing that crime. Deborah would give anything to have her boy back, and Alice would do anything to right her son’s wrongs. Driven by guilt and the need for redemption, Alice has started a support group for parents with troubled children. But as the network begins to grow, she soon finds out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control… They call it mother’s intuition, but can you ever really know your own child? Deeply psychological and suspenseful, One Little Lie is a twisty and unnerving story about the price of motherhood and the unthinkable things we do to protect our children.Perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Laura Marshall.

Thriller / suspense
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Where Has Mummy Gone?: A young girl and a mother who no longer knows her, By Cathy Glass, Read by Denica Fairman
HarperCollins Publishers

The true story of Melody, aged 8, the last of five siblings to be taken from her drug dependent single mother and brought into care. When Cathy is told about Melody’s terrible childhood, she is sure she’s heard it all before. But it isn’t long before she feels there is more going on than she or the social services are aware of. Although Melody is angry at having to leave her mother, as many children coming into care are, she also worries about her obsessively – far more than is usual. Amanda, Melody’s mother, is also angry and takes it out on Cathy at contact, which again is something Cathy has experienced before. Yet there is a lost and vulnerable look about Amanda, and Cathy starts to see why Melody worries about her and feels she needs looking after. When Amanda misses contact, it is assumed she has forgotten, but nothing could have been further from the truth…

Memoirs
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The Queen’s Fool, By Philippa Gregory, Read by Yolanda Kettle
HarperCollins Publishers

*A stunning new unabridged recording of one of Philippa Gregory’s bestselling novels of the Tudor court – available on audio download* 1553. Hannah Green, the young daughter of a Jewish bookseller, is forced out of Spain by the Inquisition, and becomes an unlikely player at the fractious Tudor Court. Her gifts of foresight mean that she is given as a Holy Fool to the newly crowned Mary I. But as Mary’s grip on the throne loosens, threatened by the ambitions of her sister, Elizabeth, Hannah is trapped in the deadly rivalry between the daughters of Henry VIII. As a secret Jew and unwitting spy in the struggle between a Catholic queen and a Protestant princess, Hannah must hide her own identity. And as a girl watching a passionate queen and her cold-hearted sister, Hannah must learn how to be a woman. With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind Hannah Green’s story.

Historical fiction
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The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp: ‘A razor-sharp retelling of Vanity Fair’ Louise O’Neill, By Sarra Manning, Read by Aysha Kala
HarperCollins Publishers

A hilarious contemporary retelling of the classic society novel, VANITY FAIR, featuring the irrepressible Becky Sharp Beautiful, brilliant, ruthless – nothing can stop Becky Sharp. Becky Sharp has big dreams and no connections. Determined to swap the gutters of Soho for the glamorous, exclusive world behind the velvet rope, Becky will do anything to achieve fame, riches and status. Whether it’s seducing society’s most eligible bachelors, or befriending silly debutantes and rich old ladies, Becky Sharp is destined for great things. Because it might be tough at the top but it’s worse at the bottom. From London to Paris and beyond, Becky Sharp is going places – so get the hell out of her way…

Adult and contemporary romance
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The Big Cash Robbery, By Andrew Clover, Read by Andrew Clover
HarperCollins Publishers

Meet RORY BRANAGAN – he eats bad guys for breakfast. Well, not ACTUALLY. But he IS the best detective in town. Third in a hilarious comedy-crime series for readers of 8+. Hello. I am Rory Branagan. I am ACTUALLY a detective. This week, my school put on the BIGGEST, BEST school fete the world has ever known. We are raising money to make St Bart's BOOMTASTIC, with adventure playgrounds and even a DRAGON. But now the cash has GONE, and my Accomplice Cassidy 'the Cat' Callaghan has been BLAMED for stealing it. I'm thinking… I must use my detectiving to find the real thief and RESCUE the Cat! Join Rory as he LEAPS into a new crime-fighting adventure with a dastardly theft, the biggest crime lord ever, head teachers that look like turkeys, and a real live KOMODO DRAGON. There are seven books in the RORY BRANAGAN (DETECTIVE) series and this is the third.

Humorous stories (Children’s/YA)
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You Let Me In: A chilling, unputdownable page-turner for summer 2018, By Lucy Clarke, Read by Laura Kirman
HarperCollins Publishers

‘The very definition of a page-turner’ Clare Mackintosh Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house . . . I’M IN YOUR HOUSE There’s a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows. I’M IN YOUR HEAD Maybe it’s all in Elle’s mind? She’s a writer – her imagination, after all, is her strength. And yet every threat seems personal. As if someone has discovered the secrets that keep her awake at night. AND NOW I KNOW YOUR SECRET As fear and paranoia close in, Elle’s own home becomes a prison. Someone is unlocking her past – and she’s given them the key… Spine-tingling, chilling, and utterly compulsive, YOU LET ME IN is the stunning new novel from Richard & Judy Book Club author, Lucy Clarke ‘Brilliantly creepy’ Sabine Durrant ‘Clever, tense, twisty’ C.L. Taylor ‘A tour de force’ Gillian McCallister

Thriller / suspense
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Power of a Woman, By Barbara Taylor Bradford, Read by Laurel Lefkow
HarperCollins Publishers

The essential read for Spring – the story of a remarkable woman who discovers that her success, prestige and wealth cannot help when tragedy strikes. At forty-seven, Stephanie Jardine is at the apex of her career and her life, running the American branch of Jardine’s, the prestigious Crown Jewellers of London. Having fully come to terms with her long widowhood, Stevie now draws emotional strength and contentment from her work and her family. Then, one day, an unexpected act of violence committed by a stranger on the other side of the world plunges Stevie into turmoil and despair. In order to save her injured daughter’s life and ensure her future, Stevie must go back to her own past and confront a relationship which has only ever brought her heartbreak. As she battles to save her daughter, Stevie comes to understand how fragile life really is, and how it can be ineluctably changed by others when we least expect it.

Romance
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The Skills: From First Job to Dream Job - What Every Woman Needs to Know, By Mishal Husain, Read by Mishal Husain
HarperCollins Publishers

In The Skills award-winning broadcaster Mishal Husain inspires, champions and encourages women to make their ambitions a reality by focusing on practical skills that make a difference. Gathering together advice for women of all ages, whether they are new graduates, working mothers or simply seeking a career change, The Skills explains: How to present yourself to maximum effect, in person and online How to prepare for quick wins, big moments and plan for long-term goals How to gain confidence and authority How to navigate the ups and downs of a long working life and build resilience Drawing on Mishal’s own experience, interviews with experts and with inspirational figures from Martha Lane Fox to Malala Yousafzai, The Skills will guide women in honing the abilities they need to thrive in whatever field they choose.

Gender studies: women
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The Memory Collector, By Fiona Harper, Read by Sophie Roberts
HarperCollins Publishers

From the author of The Other Us ***THE WINNER OF THE 2018 SPECULATIVE ROMANTIC NOVEL AWARD*** Praise for Fiona Harper: ‘Sweet and romantic, a story guaranteed to have you smiling’ Milly Johnson ‘This is a pure joy’ Heat HEATHER LUCAS LIVES HER LIFE THROUGH OTHER PEOPLE’S MEMORIES. Heather doesn’t want to remember her childhood, not when her mother’s extreme hoarding cast her family life into disarray. For Heather’s mother, every possession was intimately connected to a memory, so when Heather uncovers a secret about her past that could reveal why her mother never let anything go, she knows there’s only one place she’ll find answers – behind the locked door of her spare room, where the remains of her mother’s hoard lie hidden. As Heather uncovers both objects and memories, will the truth set her free? Or will she discover she’s more like her mother than she ever thought possible? A POWERFUL, UPLIFTING STORY ABOUT LOVE, LOSS AND THE THINGS WE LEAVE BEHIND.

Modern and contemporary fiction (post c. 1945)
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In Another Time, By Caroline Leech, Read by Eilidh Beaton
HarperCollins Publishers

A captivating World War II romance from the author of WAIT FOR ME, perfect for fans of CODE NAME VERITY and SALT TO THE SEA. It’s 1942, and Maisie McCall is in the Scottish Highlands doing her bit for the war effort in the Women’s Timber Corps. As Maisie works felling trees alongside the enigmatic John Lindsay, Maisie can’t help but feel like their friendship has the spark of something more to it. And yet every time she gets close to him, John pulls away. It’s not until Maisie rescues John from a terrible logging accident that he begins to open up to her about the truth of his past, and the pain he’s been hiding. Suddenly everything is more complicated than Maisie expected. And as she helps John to untangle his shattered history, she must decide if she’s willing to risk her heart to help heal his. But in a world devastated by war, love might be the only thing left that can begin to heal what’s broken.

Romance and relationships stories (Children’s/YA)
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When The Lights Go Out, By Mary Kubica, Read by Jayme Mattler and Julia Whelan
HarperCollins Publishers

‘Creepy and oh so clever, with a brilliant twist I did not see coming!’ Alice Feeney, bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie Mary Kubica is back with a bang in this compulsively gripping tale of obsession and desperation. As far as the world’s concerned, she’s already dead Jessie Sloane is getting her life back on track after caring for her sick mother. But she’s stopped short when she discovers, that according to official records, ‘Jessie Sloane’ died seventeen years ago. So why does she still feel in danger? Thrown into turmoil and questioning everything she’s ever known, Jessie’s confusion is exacerbated by a relentless lack of sleep. Stuck in a waking nightmare and convinced she’s in danger, she can no longer tell what’s real and what she’s imagined. The truth lies in the past… Twenty years ago, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret history. Has her whole life been a lie? The truth will shock her to the core…if she lives long enough to discover it. Why readers love Mary Kubica: ‘One of the very best thrillers I’ve read – ever.’ ‘Kept me guessing the whole way through. Sheer genius.’ ‘Messed with my mind (in a good way). I want more!’ ‘Totally riveting and all-consuming’ ‘The ending is a real twist of the knife – it doesn’t get much better than this.’

Thriller / suspense
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The Towering Sky, By Katharine McGee, Read by Phoebe Strole
HarperCollins Publishers

The final book in Katharine McGee's epic The Thousandth Floor series. It's New York City, 2118. In Manhattan’s glamorous thousand-story supertower, millions of people are living scandalous lives. Leda, Watt, Rylin, Avery, and Calliope are all struggling to hide the biggest secrets of all, secrets that could destroy everything, and send their perfect worlds toppling over the edge. Because every rise has a fall. With all the drama, romance and hidden secrets from The Thousandth Floor and The Dazzling Heights, this explosive finale will not disappoint.

Romance and relationships stories (Children’s/YA)
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The Governess Game, By Tessa Dare, Read by Mary Jane Wells
HarperCollins Publishers

‘I absolutely adored it. I laughed out loud numerous times… Love her writing.’ Jodi Picoult The addictive new Regency read from the New York Times bestselling author that’s perfect for fans of Georgette Heyer! The accidental governess… After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart . . . without risking her own. The infamous rake… Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling . . . and he’s in danger of falling, hard.

Historical romance
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Vox, By Christina Dalcher, Read by Laurence Bouvard - Extract 2
HarperCollins Publishers

‘This book will blow your mind.’ PRIMA ‘Intelligent, suspenseful, provocative, and intensely disturbing – everything a great novel should be.’ LEE CHILD ‘A novel ripe for the era of #MeToo.’ VANITY FAIR ‘Thought-provoking and set to dominate dinner party chats.’ COSMOPOLITAN ‘A dazzling debut.’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING ‘A truly compulsive novel.’ STYLIST ‘Thought-provoking and thrilling. I was left speechless!’ WOMAN & HOME ‘The book of the moment!’ MARIE CLAIRE Silence can be deafening. Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins. Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman. Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write. For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning… [100 WORD LIMIT REACHED]

Speculative fiction*
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Vox, By Christina Dalcher, Read by Laurence Bouvard - Extract 1
HarperCollins Publishers

‘This book will blow your mind.’ PRIMA ‘Intelligent, suspenseful, provocative, and intensely disturbing – everything a great novel should be.’ LEE CHILD ‘A novel ripe for the era of #MeToo.’ VANITY FAIR ‘Thought-provoking and set to dominate dinner party chats.’ COSMOPOLITAN ‘A dazzling debut.’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING ‘A truly compulsive novel.’ STYLIST ‘Thought-provoking and thrilling. I was left speechless!’ WOMAN & HOME ‘The book of the moment!’ MARIE CLAIRE Silence can be deafening. Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins. Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman. Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write. For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning… [100 WORD LIMIT REACHED]

Speculative fiction*
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I Invited Her In, By Adele Parks, Read by Joanne Froggatt
HarperCollins Publishers

‘Wow! What a read. Intense, clever and masterful.’ Lisa Jewell 'Original and compelling. I read it in one sitting.’ Jane Fallon A gripping story of friendship and betrayal from international best-selling author Adele Parks ‘I invited her in… and she took everything.’ When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life, until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies. Now, seventeen years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children. Abi, meanwhile, followed her lover to LA for a glamorous life of parties, celebrity and indulgence. Everything was perfect, until she discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Seventeen years wasted, and nothing to show for it. So what Abi needs now is a true friend to lean on, to share her grief over a glass of wine, and to have some time to heal. And what better place than Mel’s house, with her lovely kids, and supportive husband… This dark, unsettling tale of the reunion of long-lost friends is thoroughly gripping exploration of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy and revenge from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks.

Thriller / suspense
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