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Immersive tale of three siblings growing up in a country house near the Dorset coast amusing themselves with amateur theatricals in a makeshift theatre as the threat of war looms.
Hugely entertaining addition to the series of rediscovered gems of crime classics, this was made famous by its adaptation as Hitchcock’s film The Lady Vanishes.
Enchanting, large-format gift edition of Kenneth Grahame’s classic riverside adventures, skilfully retold by Lou Peacock and beautifully illustrated by Kate Hindley.
Age guide: 6-9
For collection from the event with Katherine Rundell, please select ‘Collect from Shop’ in the checkout screen, and then put your name, your child’s name, and whether they are from The Hall or Rosary Catholic Primary School.
Impressive chronicle of world history told through the lives of great and infamous families from the Pharaohs to present day tycoons with diverse tales of power, politics, war, religion, migration and technology to extraordinarily powerful effect.
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.
Join Mink, an intrepid dog, a baby zebra and a squirrel on an exuberant rescue mission to save a menagerie of animals from the evil Mr Spit.
Age guide: 5-8
Brilliantly constructed story of Alice, about to turn 40, and her father, a writer of best-selling science fiction, who is ill in hospital. Full of clever shifts of time and perspective, thought provoking, witty and tender.
Signed by the author.
Time to Think goes behind the headlines to reveal the truth about the NHS’s flagship gender service for children. The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), based at the Tavistock and Portman Trust in North London, was set up initially to provide – for the most part – talking therapies to young people who were questioning their gender identity. But in the last decade GIDS has referred more than a thousand children, some as young as nine years old, for medication to block their puberty.
In the same period, the number of young people seeking GIDS’s help exploded, increasing twenty-five-fold. The profile of the patients changed too: from largely pre-pubescent boys to mostly adolescent girls, who were often contending with other difficulties. Why had the patients changed so dramatically? Were all these distressed young people best served by taking puberty blockers and then cross-sex hormones, which cause irreversible changes to the body? While some young people appeared to thrive after taking the blocker, many seemed to become worse.
Was there enough clinical evidence to justify such profound medical interventions in the lives of young people who had so much else to contend with? This urgent, scrupulous and dramatic book explains how, in the words of some former staff, GIDS has been the site of a serious medical scandal, in which ideological concerns took priority over clinical practice. Award-winning journalist Hannah Barnes has had unprecedented access to thousands of pages of documents, including internal emails and unpublished reports, and well over a hundred hours of personal testimony from GIDS clinicians, former service users and senior Tavistock figures. The result is a disturbing and gripping parable for our times.
A virtuosic mashup of Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler by way of Marvel – the story of a detective investigating the murder of a Titan, one of society’s most powerful, medically-enhanced elites.
Cal Sounder is a detective working for the police on certain very sensitive cases. So when he’s called in to investigate a homicide at a local apartment, he is surprised at first to see that the victim appears to be a rather typical techie. But on closer inspection, he finds the victim is over seven feet tall. And even though he doesn’t look a day over thirty, he is actually ninety years old. Clearly, he is a Titan – one of this dystopian, near-future society’s genetically-altered elites. There are only a few thousand Titans worldwide, all thanks to Stefan Tonfamecasca’s discovery of the controversial T7 genetic therapy, which elevated his family to near godlike status. A dead Titan is big news .. . a murdered Titan is unimaginable.
But Titans are Cal’s specialty. In fact, his ex-girlfriend, Athena, is a Titan. And not just any Titan – she’s Stefan’s daughter, heir to the Tonfamecasca empire. As Cal digs deeper into the murder investigation, he begins to unravel the complicated threads of what should have been a straightforward case, and it soon becomes clear he’s on the trail of a crime whose roots run deep into the dark heart of the world. Titanium Noir is a tightly woven, intricate tale of murder, betrayal, and vengeance.
From a first meeting in an LA hospital in 1987 to the heights of tech stardom, this moving and immersive novel charts the 30-year relationship of shared passion and creativity between two childhood friends in the computer games industry.
From a first meeting in an LA hospital in 1987 to the heights of tech stardom, this moving, immersive novel charts the 30-year relationship of shared passion and creativity between the two childhood friends in the computer games industry.
Discover the secret weapons used to defy predators, subdue prey or deliver poison in this astonishing illustrated survey.
Age guide: 7+
Great fun to be had testing your knowledge of the UK’s railway system and enjoying a cornucopia of colourful and enlightening facts, figures and anecdotes.