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How to be a Gentle Woman
By Lotte Jeffs

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publisher: Cassell (Octopus Books)

'Part memoir, part manual - this is the type of book every modern woman can take something from' Grazia

Learn to navigate the harshness of life with soft power. In her debut book, Lotte Jeffs weaves powerful life experience with practical advice and a psychological deep-dive into what truly constitutes an emotionally rich and meaningful existence. She speaks to everyone from agony aunts and archaeologists, to pop stars and novelists, to explore a diverse picture of what it is to truly live life well.

How to be a Gentlewoman will teach you how to slow down, lean out, recognize good relationships and let go of the bad, create a space you love, find your people and construct a happy and 'joined up' sense of yourself.

The gentle antidote to a brutal world.

Lotte Jeffs is a journalist who’s been published in the Independent, the Guardian, the Saturday Times, the Sunday Times, the Evening Standard, ES Magazine, High Life, ELLE and more. In 2016 Lotte won Writer of The Year at the Press and Publishing Association Awards and in 2017 was shortlisted for Columnist of the Year for her eponymous ELLE Magazine column Lotte’s Lexicon. Lotte has been a features writer and columnist for the past 15 years, with previous roles including Features Editor and Acting Deputy Editor of ES Magazine and Deputy Editor and Acting Editor in Chief of ELLE. Lotte is now Creative Director at global advertising agency Ogilvy and continues to write a column for the Evening Standard, in addition to writing for the national press and newspaper and magazine supplements.
Purged (Matt Hunter Series Book 1)
by Peter Laws

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Allison & Busby

Three Book Series

Foreign Rights Sales: Germany

Three times under the water: in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but then they must die. They’ll thank him for it one day because when they finally open their eyes they will see the glory of heaven…He kills because he cares.

Matt Hunter is a disgraced ex-vicar turned atheist. Now he’s a Professor of Sociology, writing a book debunking religious faith. He’s also an expert in religion and cults, who sometimes helps the Met with religiously-motivated crimes. When his architect wife, Wren, is invited to tender for a church renovation project in Hobbs Hill, Oxfordshire, the family decide to make a holiday of it. The village is idyllic, with a serene lake and beautiful waterfall. But Matt is instantly suspicious of the wooden crosses that hang in shop windows and homes. And what are the bizarre therapy sessions being run by the church on the hill? The holiday takes a darker turn, when he helps out with a search for a missing anorexic, teenage girl. When a second woman disappears, and then a third, Matt must draw on his theological knowledge to protect his family and catch a killer. But who keeps sending him pictures of the victims, even before the police know they’re missing?

Purged is the first novel in a gripping and unique crime thriller series about a man solving religious crime while wrestling with questions of his own abandoned faith.

‘Welcome to the future of crime chiller fiction – Purged is a spooky murder-em-up which comes on with massively unsettling supernatural elements that feel like James Herbert at his best… I haven’t been this creeped out by a novel since Let The Right One In‘ Darkmatters
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Keeping Mum (aka Bear Necessity)

by James Gould-Bourn

The Babes in the Woods

By Paul Cheston Genre: True Crime, Non-Fiction Publisher: John Blake Publishing (Bonnier Zaffre) The heartbreaking true story of two families' thirty-year fight for justice for their murdered daughters On 9 October 1986, Russell Bishop sexually assaulted and strangled nine-year-old Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway, in woods near Brighton. He did not answer for his crimes for over thirty years. Bishop - a petty criminal known to both girls' families - was charged after his suspiciously close involvement in the search for the bodies. But a last-minute change of testimony from his then-girlfriend allowed him to go free, and the Babes in the Woods murders became one of Britain's most infamous cold cases. In this first book on the case, veteran crime reporter Paul Cheston brings to life this thirty-year saga of murder, betrayal and injustice - before three decades of hurt led, at last, to healing, justice and hope for the parents of two murdered girls. Written with the approval and cooperation of the Fellows family, The Babes in the Woods Murders sheds light once and for all on the awful truth behind what happened on 9 October 1986, and how the courtroom dramas that unfolded over a generation finally brought down one of Britain's most depraved killers.