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Terry Pratchett: BBC Radio Drama Collection - extract from Mort
Penguin Books UK

A collection of the full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of novels by Terry Pratchett, with star-studded casts including Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, Philip Jackson, Alex Jennings and Mark Heap. Now being published for the very first time, the adaptations in this collection are: Mort: Hopeless young peasant Mort is hired as an apprentice to Death. It's a dream job - until he discovers that it can be a killer on his love life.... Wyrd Sisters: Three witches meet on a blasted heath. A king is cruelly murdered, a child heir and the crown of the kingdom are both missing. But Granny Weatherwax finds that meddling in royal politics is a lot more complicated than certain playwrights would have you believe.... Guards! Guards!: In Ankh-Morpork, the Elucidated Brethren of Ebon Night have turned their hands to magic. When Zebbo Mooty is mysteriously vaporised in an alley, Captain Vimes knows it's time to act. Eric: When precocious young Eric Thursley summons a demon from the loathsome pit to fulfil his every wish, he certainly gets what he asked for. Just...not exactly what he asked for. That's the problem with wishes. Small Gods: On the Discworld, Gods are as numerous as herring roe, all elbowing for space at the top. In such a competitive environment, you need an acolyte, and fast.... Night Watch: Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. Commander Sam Vimes of the City Watch is back in his own rough, tough past, and he has a job to do. In addition to these Discworld novels, this collection will also include a full-cast dramatisation of Only You Can Save Mankind, from the Johnny Maxwell series. As an alien fleet crosses his computer screen, Johnny prepares to blow the ScreeWee into a million pieces....

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The Bronte BBC Radio Drama Collection - extract from Wuthering Heights
Penguin Books UK

The complete canon of the Brontë sisters' classic novels, dramatised by best-selling author Rachel Joyce 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë Orphan Jane falls in love with the enigmatic Rochester, but he is concealing a dark secret. 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë On the bleak Yorkshire moors, Heathcliff and Cathy’s elemental passion runs wild – but their obsession has devastating consequences. 'Agnes Grey' by Anne Brontë Determined to make her way in the world, penniless young Agnes Grey becomes a governess. 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Brontë Gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham is powerfully drawn to Helen Graham, the mysterious resident of Wildfell Hall. 'Shirley' by Charlotte Brontë A poignant tale of friendship, romantic entanglements and turbulent times, set in Yorkshire in 1811. 'Villette' by Charlotte Brontë Leaving England to teach in Villette, Lucy Snowe experiences the pangs of unrequited love. 'The Professor' by Charlotte Brontë As a teacher at a boarding-school in Belgium, William Crimsworth encounters trouble and true love. Adapted by Rachel Joyce, these radio dramas boast star casts including Ellie Kendrick, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, Lesley Sharp, Paul Venables, Robert Lonsdale, Anna Maxwell Martin, Ben Batt and Chloe Pirrie. Also included is a one-hour bonus programme featuring Rachel Joyce in conversation with producer Tracey Neale.

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The Bronte BBC Radio Drama Collection - extract from Jane Eyre
Penguin Books UK

The complete canon of the Brontë sisters' classic novels, dramatised by best-selling author Rachel Joyce Adapted by Rachel Joyce, these radio dramas boast star casts including Ellie Kendrick, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, Lesley Sharp, Paul Venables, Robert Lonsdale, Anna Maxwell Martin, Ben Batt and Chloe Pirrie. Also included is a one-hour bonus programme featuring Rachel Joyce in conversation with producer Tracey Neale. 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë Orphan Jane falls in love with the enigmatic Rochester, but he is concealing a dark secret. 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë On the bleak Yorkshire moors, Heathcliff and Cathy’s elemental passion runs wild – but their obsession has devastating consequences. 'Agnes Grey' by Anne Brontë Determined to make her way in the world, penniless young Agnes Grey becomes a governess. 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Brontë Gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham is powerfully drawn to Helen Graham, the mysterious resident of Wildfell Hall. 'Shirley' by Charlotte Brontë A poignant tale of friendship, romantic entanglements and turbulent times, set in Yorkshire in 1811. 'Villette' by Charlotte Brontë Leaving England to teach in Villette, Lucy Snowe experiences the pangs of unrequited love. 'The Professor' by Charlotte Brontë As a teacher at a boarding-school in Belgium, William Crimsworth encounters trouble and true love.

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William Boyd with Nihal Arthanayake
Penguin Books UK

Bestselling author William Boyd tells Nihal Arthanayake about his writing methodology; years of research before he even sits down to write. Known for writing novels which span continents and timescales, commissioned by the Fleming Estate to write a James Bond novel and working with David Bowie, Boyd is something of a phenomenon. He’s in the studio to talk about his latest novel, Love Is Blind, and brings with him objects that have inspired him, including a piano tuning hammer and a pistol. #PenguinPodcast

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The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
Penguin Books UK

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn and Lark represent the natural world of childhood, a rich landscape of discovery and imagination that is fading from children's minds. The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of the poetry of nature words and the living glory of our distinctive, British countryside. With acrostic spell-poems by peerless wordsmith Robert Macfarlane this enchanting audiobook captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages. Across a rich and vivid natural soundscape, Edith Bowman, Guy Garvey, Cerys Matthews and Benjamin Zephaniah, iconic voices of modern Britain, bring the magic of nature and language to listeners. Through captivating readings, wonderful natural recordings and more, the audio edition of The Lost Words is a stunning celebration of the nature and the power of language.

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The Penguin Podcast: Colm Tóibín with Katy Brand
Penguin Books UK

Bestselling author Colm Tóibín tells Katy Brand why he returns to the theme of home again and again in his work and what it’s like writing about violence for the first time. Colm wrote ‘Brooklyn’, which was made into a feature film starring Saoirse Ronan, and has been nominated for the Booker three times. He brings objects into the Penguin studio that have inspired his new novel ‘House of Names’ including a Greek play and an opera CD. #PenguinPodcast The unabridged audiobook of ‘House of Names’ is available on iTunes and Audible and Kobo. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/house-of-names-unabridged/id1226591494

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Drug Wars by Neil Woods and J S Rafaeli, Read by Neil Woods
Penguin Books UK

An observation van is running surveillance on a high-level Bradford gangster. Suddenly the van is surrounded by men in balaclavas and tied shut. Out comes the can of petrol. It is set alight and the two cops inside barely escape with their lives. This incident is never reported. The gangsters clearly have informants inside the police and alerting the public would undermine the force. Everyone shrugs it off – with so much money in the drugs game, corruption is part and parcel of the whole deal From the bestselling author of Good Cop Bad War, Neil Woods, comes the first inside history of Britain’s War on Drugs told by those who were there. Calling upon the gripping first-hand accounts from those on both sides of the battle – the cops and the gangsters – as well as Neil Wood’s experiences as an undercover drugs detective, Drug Wars will build a complex, authentic and terrifying picture of the reality of the drug war in Britain. Beginning with the Misuse of Drugs Act in 1971, we watch decades of violence, racial tension, organised crime and a monumental increase in addiction unfold. We see the birth of rave music and dance culture, and yet even more tabloid hysteria. And throughout, we look at the huge numbers of civilians that have fallen victim to Britain’s war on drugs.

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Thrawn: Alliences (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn, Read by Marc Thompson
Penguin Books UK

“I have sensed a disturbance in the Force.” Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine. On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root—its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs—including the Death Star project—the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission. But the Emperor knows it’s not the first time Vader and Thrawn have joined forces. And there’s more behind his royal command than either man suspects. In what seems like a lifetime ago, General Anakin Skywalker of the Galactic Republic, and Commander Mitth’raw’nuruodo, officer of the Chiss Ascendancy, crossed paths for the first time. One on a desperate personal quest, the other with motives unknown . . . and undisclosed. But facing a gauntlet of dangers on a far-flung world, they forged an uneasy alliance—neither remotely aware of what their futures held in store. Now, thrust together once more, they find themselves bound again for the planet where they once fought side by side. There they will be doubly challenged—by a test of their allegiance to the Empire . . . and an enemy that threatens even their combined might.

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The Reinvention Of Martha Ross by Charlene Allcott, Read by Jennifer Saayeng
Penguin Books UK

Meet Martha Ross. She dreams of being a singer, but she’s been working in a call centre for far too long. She’s separating from her husband, the father of her eighteen-month-old son. And she’s moving back home to her parents, toddler in tow. Life has thrown her a few lemons . . . but Martha intends to make a gin and tonic. It’s time to become the woman she’s always wanted to be. And at least her mum’s on hand to provide free childcare – along with ample motherly judgement, of course. But Martha’s attempts at reinvention – from writing a definitive, non-negotiable list of everything she’s looking for in a new man, to half-marathons, business plans and meditation retreats – tend to go awry in the most surprising of ways. And soon she comes to realise that in order to find lasting love, happiness and fulfilment, she needs to find herself first . . . Who said starting over was easy? A warm, vibrant and painfully funny novel that will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had their heart broken, hasn’t quite got their sh*t together yet, or who finds themselves wide awake at 3am thinking, ‘How did I get here?’

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Dead Man's Gift and Other Stories by Simon Kernick, Read by Paul Thornley and Bea Holland
Penguin Books UK

One book. Five thrillers. No holds barred. including: DEAD MAN'S GIFT MP Tim Horton arrives home to find his seven-year-old son has been abducted – and the nanny brutally murdered. The kidnapping gang’s demands are simple: Tim must sacrifice his own life to save his son’s. A dead man’s gift… ONE BY ONE Six former school-friends have been reunited on a remote island. Separated since a fateful night twenty-one years ago, when their friend Rachel was killed, they're afraid for their lives – because the man arrested for Rachel's murder has been released. They think he's coming for them. They're almost right. Plus three more thrillers guaranteed to keep you gripped to the page. Can you withstand five full-strength doses of Simon Kernick?

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Now You See Her by Heidi Perks, Read by Susie Scott, Kirsty Dillon and Julie Maisey
Penguin Books UK

Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second. Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching. Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again. Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface. Someone is hiding the truth about what really happened to Alice.

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The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, Read by Rachel Kushner
Penguin Books UK

Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy’s estranged mother. Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive. The deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner details with humour and precision. Daily acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike. Allegiances formed over liquor brewed in socks, and stories shared through sewage pipes. Romy sees the future stretch out ahead of her in a long, unwavering line – until news from outside brings a ferocious urgency to her existence, challenging her to escape her own destiny and culminating in a climax of almost unbearable intensity. Through Romy – and through a cast of astonishing characters populating The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner presents not just a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, but an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex.

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The Beautiful Cure by Daniel M. Davis, Read by Jot Davies
Penguin Books UK

The immune system holds the key to human health. In The Beautiful Cure, leading immunologist Professor Daniel Davis describes the scientific quest to understand how it works – and how it is affected by stress, sleep, age and our state of mind – and explains how this knowledge is now unlocking a revolutionary new approach to medicine and well-being. The body's ability to fight disease and heal itself is one of the great mysteries and marvels of nature. But within the last few years painstaking research has resulted in major advances in our understanding of this breathtakingly beautiful inner world: a vast and intricate network of specialist cells, regulatory proteins and dedicated genes that are continually protecting our bodies. Far more powerful than any medicine ever invented, it also plays a crucial role in our daily lives. Already we have found ways to harness these natural defences to create breakthrough drugs and so-called immunotherapies that help us fight cancer, diabetes, arthritis and many age-related diseases, and we are starting to understand whether or not activities such as mindfulness might play a role in enhancing our physical resilience. Written by an expert at the forefront of this adventure, The Beautiful Cure tells a dramatic story of detective work and discovery, of puzzles solved and of the mysteries that remain, of lives sacrificed and saved, introducing the reader to this revelatory new understanding of the human body and what it takes to be healthy.

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Open Your Eyes By Paula Daly, Read by Julie Maisey
Penguin Books UK

Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine? Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she’ll let her husband, Leon, fight their battles. She’d prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life. But when bestselling crime author Leon is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. With her husband in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband – and why. Maybe it’s time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find . . .

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A Match Made In Devon by Cathy Bramley, Read by Colleen Prendergast
Penguin Books UK

Sometimes you have to play a part to realise who you really are… Nina has always dreamed of being a star. Unfortunately her agent thinks she’s more girl-next-door than leading lady and her acting career isn't going quite as planned. Then, after a series of very public blunders and to escape a gathering storm of paparazzi, Nina is forced to flee from London. Her plan is to lay low with a friend in Devon, in beautiful Brightside Cove. But soon Nina learns that more drama can be found in a small village than on a hectic television set. And when a gorgeous man (and his adorable dog) catch her eye, it’s not long before London and showbiz start to lose their appeal. Will Nina choose to return to the bright lights or has she met her match in Brightside Cove?

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An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena, Read by Hillary Huber
Penguin Books UK

We can’t choose the strangers we meet. As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance. Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid. With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run. Until we find ourselves in a situation we can’t escape. Trapped. **********

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Liar Liar by James Patterson and Candice Fox, Read by Federay Holmes
Penguin Books UK

Detective Harriet Blue is clear about two things. Regan Banks deserves to die. And she’ll be the one to pull the trigger. But Regan – the vicious serial killer responsible for destroying her brother’s life – has gone to ground. Suddenly, her phone rings. It’s him. Regan. ‘Catch me if you can,’ he tells her. Harriet needs to find this killing machine fast, even if the cost is her own life. So she follows him down the Australian south coast with only one thing on her mind. Revenge is coming – and its name is Harriet Blue …

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Ordinary People by Diana Evans, Read by Jennifer Saayeng
Penguin Books UK

‘You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It’s your last chance, and most people miss it.’ South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn’t want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can’t quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian’s father has thrown him into crisis – or is it something, or someone, else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap? Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.

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The Playground Mafia by Sarah Tucker, Read by Julie Teal
Penguin Books UK

Meet Caroline Gray: divorcee and newly-single mother. Firmly closing the door on her acrimonious divorce, Caroline and son Ben have moved to trendy Frencham where they join Caroline's long-time best friends, Heather and Eva. Settling into their new life is easy, but nothing has prepared Caroline for the demands of motherhood at The Sycamore, the school the trio's beloved offspring attend. Forget classroom bullies, forget trips to the head's office, this is full-scale adult playground politics. This is battle with the mothers who won't take no for an answer -- the Playground Mafia. Amidst the four-wheel drives, Ben's complicated afterschool play-date schedule and her friends' perilous extra-marital affairs, Caroline tries to keep a low and very single profile. But it's not long before she too finds herself under the mafia's scandal-radar, and her life takes an unexpected turn ...

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