Author: Miranda Dickinson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
A wonderfully festive ebook short that will get you excited for the Christmas season, by the author of the bestselling Fairytale of New York. 'This is Miranda at her sparkliest best. Christmas In St Ives is Christmassy perfection; brimming with romance, warmth and magic. But it’s not just a novella, it’s a tantalizing prequel to Somewhere Beyond The Sea and I can’t wait to read that!' Cathy Bramley, author of The Lemon Tree Cafe. Heartbroken Cerrie Austin is doing her best to hold it together in the run up to Christmas. Not easy when her cheating ex works in the same school and everyone’s eyes are on her. The last thing she needs is a new teacher meddling in her beloved nativity play, even if he is charming, handsome and a talented musician. The Christmas performance is her pride and joy, and she won’t be undermined. Seren McArthur has recently returned to her Cornish hometown and is enjoying being close to her family and her oldest friends again. St Ives is at its most magical at Christmas, with fairy lights and tinsel in every shop window, tempting locals and holidaymakers alike as they pick up gifts. But an exciting opportunity is just around the corner: will she stay or will she go? Meanwhile, the St Ives Christmas celebrations are in crisis: plans for a giant lantern parade through the starlit streets have ground to a halt. As the snow starts to fall, can Cerrie, Seren and their friends Kieran and Aggie rally around in time to save the big day? Christmas in St Ives is a charming novella that introduces you to the characters from Miranda Dickinson’s upcoming novel, Somewhere Beyond the Sea. Available for preorder now!
Author: Oscar Hijuelos
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Hijuelos' novel tells the story of Mr. Ives, who was adopted from a foundling's home as a child. When we first meet him in the 1950s, Mr. Ives is very much a product of his time. He has a successful career in advertising, a wife and two children, and believes he is on his way to pursuing the typical American dream. But the dream is shattered when his son Robert, who is studying for the priesthood, is killed violently at Christmas. Overwhelmed by grief and threatened by a loss of faith in humankind, Mr. Ives begins to question the very foundations of his life. Part love story--of a man for his wife, for his children, for God--and part meditation on how a person can find spiritual peace in the midst of crisis, Mr. Ives' Christmas is a beautifully written, tender and passionate story of a man trying to put his life in perspective. In the expert hands of Oscar Hijuelos, the novel speaks eloquently to the most basic and fulfilling aspects of life for all of us.
Author: Miranda Dickinson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Both heartbreaking and affirming, Miranda Dickinson's Searching for a Silver Lining is perfect for fans of Cecilia Ahern and JoJo Moyes. Matilda Bell is left heartbroken when she falls out with her beloved grandfather just before he dies. Haunted by regret, she makes a promise that will soon change everything . . . When spirited former singing star Reenie Silver enters her life, Mattie seizes the opportunity to make amends. Together, Mattie and Reenie embark on an incredible journey that will find lost friends, uncover secrets from the glamorous 1950s and put right a sixty-year wrong. Touchingly funny, warm and life-affirming, this is a sparkling story of second chances. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern, Searching for a Silver Lining by Miranda Dickinson will take you on a trip you'll never forget.
Author: Michael Foreman
Publisher: Hinkler Books Pty Limited
Summer is good for the cat on the hill above the bay. Visitors give him food and the stone steps are warm. But as autumn draws in and the tourists depart, food becomes hard to find. Winter is worse: a cold, lonely time of danger and constant hunger. As the Christmas lights twinkle in the town and delicious cooking smells drift upwards, who will remember the cat on the hill?
Author: Miranda Dickinson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
The gift of a lifetime? Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Her day job as a receptionist in bustling London isn't exactly her dream, yet she has everything she wants. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more . . . When a parcel addressed to Anna Browne arrives, she has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift - one that is designed to be seen. And so begins a series of incredible deliveries, each one bringing Anna further out of the shadows and encouraging her to become the woman she was destined to be. As Anna grows in confidence, others begin to notice her - and her life starts to change. But who is sending the mysterious gifts, and why? A Parcel For Anna Browne is an utterly captivating novel by Sunday Times bestselling author Miranda Dickinson.
Author: Paul Denison,Sara Matson,Rachel Smith,Chris Stephens,Michael White
"In this new exploration of modern art and St Ives, works by St Ives artists are looked at in the context of their contemporaries in Europe, North America and beyond. The work of this period includes the utopian ideal of constructivism and the tradition of craft and the handmade. Paintings, sculpture and ceramics - drawn from public and private collections in the UK and abroad - richly illustrate how artists' engagement with St Ives was a part of the global art scene of the twentieth century."--Back cover.
Author: Holly Hepburn
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The brilliant new novel from the bestselling author of A Year at the Star and Sixpence. Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley. All four Picture House novellas in one book! The picture house by the sea is the Palace at Polwhipple – a lovely art deco cinema, nestled in front of azure Cornish seas. But it is long past its heyday now, and its only saving grace is Ferrelli's, the family run ice-cream concession in the foyer, which is widely known as the best ice-cream for miles. So when Ferdie, the owner of Ferelli's, breaks his leg, his granddaughter Gina drops everything to come and help out. But when she arrives she is dismayed by the state of the cinema, which she remembers fondly from summer holidays when she was little, and she is determined to give it the makeover it deserves. Along with local renovation expert Ben, she sets about reviving the Palace to its former glory. But the cinema needs more than a lick of paint. Its very future is under threat from a developer with greed in his eyes. Can Gina save the place before it is too late? 'Fabulously feel-good, funny and fresh, it will sweep you off your feet' Rowan Coleman 'Deliciously romantic and sprinkled with the magic of the movies – it's the perfect treat!' Miranda Dickinson 'Pure pleasure, a delight from opening credits to closing reel' Julie Cohen ** Disclaimer: originally published in four parts as eBooks –Brief Encounter, Singing in the Rain, Dirty Dancing and Some Like it Hot**
Celebrity Recipes and Hollywood Memories from Six Feet Under the Mistletoe
Author: Frank DeCaro
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
The toast of Christmas past is back and not a moment too soon! In The Dead Celebrity Christmas Cookbook, Frank DeCaro serves up culinary delights from Edmund Gwenn's Christmas Cup to Bing Crosby's Sugar Cookies and celebrates the best of the season's movies, TV specials, and music. Recipes from such late luminaries as Natalie Wood, Judy Garland, Burl Ives, Dinah Shore, and even Boris Karloff are featured in chapters saluting fabulous amusements like Miracle on 34th Street, Meet Me in St. Louis, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Plus recipes from singers like Eartha Kitt ("Santa Baby"), Elvis Presley ("Blue Christmas"), and John Lennon ("Happy Xmas (War is Over)") celebrate the best holiday platters.
Author: Lee Wilkinson
It started with a kiss… Bel was planning to marry Roderick, but then Andrew Storm, a complete stranger, turned her life upside down. Andrew skillfully and masterfully seduced Bel in ways she'd only imagined in her dreams. He was a first-class male with a talent for seduction. Slowly Bel found herself drawn into his web until there was no other way out: she had to leave Roderick and marry Andrew. But little did Bel know that Andrew had a secret agenda of his own—and his plans included Bel!
Author: Miranda Dickinson
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
How far would you go to make a new start? Heart-warming and romantic, Take a Look at Me Now will make you laugh, cry and cheer Nell on from start to finish.
A gorgeous and heartwarming Christmas romance
Author: Jenny Hale
A beautiful, feel-good Christmas story. You’ll laugh, cry, and fall in love with this wonderfully warm and MAGICAL festive romance… Holly McAdams loves spending the Christmas holidays at her family’s cozy cabin, with its little red door and twinkling lights, tucked in the snowy hills outside Nashville. But this year will be different. Someone unexpected is joining them… After Holly and her beloved Nana struggle through a snow storm to reach the cabin, they discover gorgeous and wealthy Joseph Barnes, who has been renting the cabin for the last few weeks, is now snowed in. And it looks like he’ll be staying for the holidays. Determined to make the best of the surprise situation, Holly tries to bring everyone together by baking delicious treats and decorating the cabin with plenty of festive sparkle. She finds herself growing close to handsome Joseph, who is unlike anyone she’s ever met before, even if Nana isn’t so keen on the dashing stranger with the mysterious past. But charming and irresistible musician Rhett Burton is also back in town. Thrown into close proximity with the person who used to be her best friend and the man who broke her heart, Holly realizes it’s time to face her feelings and figure out what she really wants from her life. But to complicate things, both Joseph and Rhett have secrets to reveal… Will Holly be able to find herself and the love she’s always dreamed of this Christmas? Discover the joy of Christmas in this gorgeous novel, celebrating the importance of friendship, the magic of love, and finding happiness by being true to yourself. What readers are saying about Jenny Hale: ‘Wow, I have literally fallen in love with this book, a truly wonderful heartfelt read from start to finish. It was so much more than a romance story, had lots going on and I was pretty much glued to the pages throughout and couldn't turn the pages quick enough. I loved the Christmas cosy feel to it and the bakery and family history behind it was wonderful to read and discover. It really was the perfect read, and I didn't want it to end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘OMG, there are just so, so many things I loved about this book… I can’t actually recall reading a book with so many loveable characters… a mesmerizing story about what really matters in life – family. With Christmas coming soon, I think it’s the PERFECT time to read it.’ This Chick Reads ‘So magical, so heart-warming, and so full of love. Do you think Jenny Hale's fictional characters would mind if I gate-crashed their Christmas? Beautifully written … We'll Always Have Christmas is THE festive treat to read this year.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars ‘This book has brought me so much joy that I can hardly contain myself! This is my first EVER Jenny Hale novel and it will NOT be my last! I loved every minute of it… I couldn't put it down for a moment. The perfect companion to snuggle up with by the fireplace with some hot chocolate or wine.’ Pretty Little Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘No one does feel-good reading full of heartwarming beautiful romance and warm and magical Christmas' better than our very own Mrs. Claus, Jenny Hale.’ The Book Geek Wears Pyjamas, 5 stars ‘Easily the best Christmas book I have read so far this year, and has me really feeling the spirit of Christmas throughout.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars ‘Jenny Hale and Christmas, the perfect combination! I absolutely adore the Christmas vibes in this story… It’s heartwarming, warm, cozy and just MAGICAL!!!’ Simona’s Corner of Dreams, 5 stars
Author: Jane Goodger
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Jane Goodger makes a triumphant return to historical romance with this captivating Christmas tale of an arranged marriage that becomes a passionate union. . . A Christmas wedding to the Duke of Bellingham. Any other socialite in Newport, Rhode Island, would be overjoyed at the prospect, but Elizabeth Cummings finds her mother's announcement as appealing as a prison sentence. Elizabeth has not the slightest desire to meet Randall Blackmore, let alone be bartered for an English title. Her heart belongs to another, and the duke's prestige, arrogance, and rugged charm will make no difference to her plans of elopement. Against his expectations and desires, Randall Blackmore has inherited a dukedom and a vast estate that only marriage to an heiress can save. Selling his title to the highest bidder is a wretched obligation, but to Randall's surprise his intended bride is pretty, courageous, delightfully impertinent--and completely uninterested in becoming a Duchess. Yet suddenly, no other woman will do, and a marriage in name only will never be enough for a husband determined to win his wife in body, heart, and soul. . .
Conflict in Post-War St Ives Art
Author: David Wilkinson
The Alfred Wallis Factor by David Wilkinson is the result of meticulous research, with many hours spent reading and rereading numerous books, journals, letters, records and newspaper articles in order to build a more comprehensive and robust understanding of the significant artistic events, meetings and conversations to contribute new insights on the framework of enquiry about how, why and when things happened in the constantly changing story of St. Ives. This book explores the dominant personalities of Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Adrian Stokes, Bernard Leach, Terry Frost, Roger Hilton, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Patrick Heron in their disputes. Their passion was strong and their ambition was even stronger. David Wilkinson’s sleuth-like endeavors will provide new insights to a number of perennial questions. What were the key issues behind some of the long-running disputes? Who was the instigator, who was the peacemaker? What impact did these feuds and divisions have on professional relationships within the art community – or even the art itself?"
Author: David Ives
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Known for his skills as a writer, sixteen-year-old Billy Christmas, a.k.a. Scrib, builds an impressive reputation that soon has him writing letters for friends, foes, and outlaws alike, putting him in the midst of dangerous happenings, including narrowly escaping a public hanging and surviving a near-death river ride through the canyon rapids.
Author: Helen Stephens
Publisher: Scholastic UK
Category: Juvenile Fiction
How does a very small girl hide a very large lion? It's not easy, but Iris has to do her best, because mums and dads can be funny about having a lion in the house. Luckily, there are lots of good places to hide a lion - behind the shower curtain, in your bed, and even up a tree. A funny, heart-warming story about a very special friendship.
Author: Ian Michael Addicoat
Publisher: History PressLtd
A collection of new and well-known spooky tales from around St Ives in a handy A-Z format.
The Heart-warming Sunday Times Bestseller
Author: Cathy Bramley
Publisher: Random House
"It's gentle good humour and optimism will warm the stoniest of hearts." Daily Express When Rosie Featherstone finds herself unexpectedly jobless, the offer to help her beloved Italian grandmother out at the Lemon Tree Cafe – a little slice of Italy nestled in the rolling hills of Derbyshire – feels like the perfect way to keep busy. Surrounded by the rich scent of espresso, delicious biscotti and juicy village gossip, Rosie soon finds herself falling for her new way of life. But she is haunted by a terrible secret, one that even the appearance of a handsome new face can't quite help her move on from. Then disaster looms and the cafe’s fortunes are threatened . . . and Rosie discovers that her nonna has been hiding a dark past of her own. With surprises, betrayal and more than one secret brewing, can she find a way to save the Lemon Tree Cafe and help both herself and Nonna achieve the happy endings they deserve? The complete four-part serial. Your favourite authors have loved reading bestseller Cathy Bramley: 'Delightful!' Katie Fforde 'Full of joy and fun' Milly Johnson 'Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns' Trisha Ashley
A Biography of Place and Time
Author: Michael Bird
Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers
St Ives is unique in British art history. Between the Second World War and the 1970s, many progressive artists chose to work and often settle around this small port in the far west of Cornwall. The careers of Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Naum Gabo, Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton, Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, Bryan Wynter and other artists associated with St Ives have received much individual attention. Yet in the broader historical picture, St Ives art is often isolated from the spirit of the times. Michael Bird has created a fascinating and highly readable account of St Ives and its artists. The question 'What was St Ives art really about?' is often asked. This book provides some authoritative, provocative and entertaining answers.
Author: Marcia Willett
Publisher: Random House
The eagerly awaited novel from the bestselling author - a gorgeous Christmas read for fans of Lucy Diamond, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews As Christmas approaches, everything seems to be falling into place for Dossie. Her son Clem and his adorable four-year-old son Jakey have moved to Cornwall to be closer to her. She runs her own successful catering business. All she needs now is for the run of bad luck in her romantic life to end... But while little Jakey helps to put away the decorations after another cosy Christmas surrounded by friends and family, an avaricious property developer starts prowling around. The Cornish home which he has known all his life is in danger of being sold up, and everything is changing. Will this close-knit unit who so depend on each other still be together next Christmas? And what will they have learnt about having somewhere you truly belong? With unforgettable characters, charming romance and plenty of warmth, The Christmas Angel is the perfect Christmas read.
Author: Elizabeth Hawksley
Cornwall 1808: in Selwood Priory the dying Sir Walter is watching a cockfight on his bedroom floor. His daughter, Dorothea, is planning the next Selwood smuggling venture, which the sinister Gunthorpe is manoeuvring to take over. Into this situation comes the new heir, the Reverend Selwood, a religious don with very rigid notions of propriety.