From the creator and star of the ?deeply funny, unexpectedly informative? (The Daily Beast) Netflix mockumentary Cunk on Earth, a helpful guide covering every single topic in the known universe, from Adam and Eve to Top Gun.
Once in a blue moon, a book comes along that changes the world. The Origin of Species. War and Peace. 1984. And now, Cunk on Everything: The Encyclopedia Philomena, by Philomena Cunk.
Philomena Cunk is one of the greatest thinkers of the 21st century, and in Cunk on Everything she turns her attention to our biggest issue: why are there so many books? Wouldn't it be better if there was just one? This is that book ? an encyclopedia of all human knowledge, delving into not only life's greatest mysteries but our most important political figures and cultural touchstones.
Read it, and you'll never have to read another book again.
The million-copy bestselling series
Toshikazu Kawaguchi's poignant Before we say goodbye, translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot, explores the age-old question: what would you do if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?
The regulars at the magical Cafe Funiculi Funicula are well acquainted with its famous legend and extraordinary, secret menu time travel offering. Many patrons have reunited with old flames, made amends with estranged family, and visited loved ones. But the journey is not without risks and there are rules to follow. Travellers must have visited the cafe previously and most importantly, must return to the present in the time it takes for their coffee to go cold.
In the tradition of Toshikazu Kawaguchi's sensational 'Before the Coffee Gets Cold' series, readers will once again be introduced to a new set of visitors:
The husband with something important left to say
The woman who couldn't bid her dog farewell
The woman who couldn't answer a proposal
The daughter who drove her father away . . .
In the hauntingly beautiful Before we say goodbye, Kawaguchi invites us to join his characters as they embark on a journey to revisit one crucial moment in time.
The Skelf women are recovering from the cataclysmic events that nearly claimed their lives. Their funeral-director and private-investigation businesses are back on track, and their cases are as perplexing as ever. Matriarch Dorothy looks into a suspicious fire at a travellers' site, and takes a grieving, homeless man under her wing. Daughter Jenny is searching for her missing sister-in-law, who disappeared in tragic circumstances, while granddaughter Hannah is asked to investigate increasingly dangerous conspiracy theorists targeting a retired female astronaut...putting her own life at risk. With a body lost at sea, funerals for those with no one to mourn them, reports of strange happenings in outer space, a funeral crasher with a painful secret, and a violent attack on one of the family, The Skelfs face their most personal - and perilous - cases yet. Doing things their way may cost them everything...
It's 1957, and three young women are beginning their nursing training at the Florence Nightingale Hospital in London's East End...Winnie is determined to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a nurse, despite her family's desire for her to settle down and marry her sweetheart. Cat has been sent to the Nightingale by her father, who hopes the hospital can instil some discipline into his happy-go-lucky daughter. Diana has spent her life making up for the loss of her beloved sister, Elspeth, by being the perfect daughter. But how long can she go on trying when her mother hardly seems to notice her? With a steep learning curve ahead, will the Nightingale Daughters rise to the challenge?
Former investment banker Johan Golding - Joe - is the newest member of the Hartley and Edwards Investigations team. He's thrilled to be shadowing Kitt Hartley and her right-hand woman Grace Edwards, soon adjusting to the low-level madness of the Hartley and Edwards offices. But Joe is thrown in at the deep end when a man known as Ralph Holmes goes missing. Police refuse to investigate, as his disappearance seems voluntary, but his niece, Carly, is determined to discover the truth. As the team begin to investigate, they deduce there's more to this disappearance than meets the eye. Drawn into a web of international conspiracies and possible murder, they must determine who Ralph Holmes really was - and who he was working for. In their most dangerous case yet, the team are in a race against time to uncover the truth, before anyone else gets hurt. . .
The thrilling retelling of a real-life hostage rescue mission, by SAS hero and million-selling author, Andy McNab.
It is 2012 and in Northern Afghanistan, an international crisis has erupted.
A group of NGO workers have been kidnapped by local insurgents and are now hidden in a winding mountain region. After attempts to negotiate a deal with the bandits fail, and with the lives of the hostages hanging in the balance, there is only one option...
SAS and Navy SEALs are sent in to find and free them.
The Rescue is the action-packed story of their attempts to save the hostages from almost certain death. Drawing on classified sources and using his own personal insight into the inner-workings of the special forces, Andy McNab gives a page-turning account of this incredible mission.
A heart-pounding true story of covert scouting missions, dangerous parachute drops and fighting to survive in the face of impossible odds, this is Andy McNab like you've never read before.
1918. Fleeing from her past, Cathy Carmichael is new to the Sixteen Streets. She has nothing to her name, no plan and nowhere to go. Cathy thinks she's struck gold when she runs into Mrs Sturrocks, an elderly lady who offers her a room at her boarding house. Her son, Noel, might be strange and sulky, but he gives her a job at the Robin Hood pub and before long, Cathy is thriving as the new barmaid. The Sixteen Streets was only meant to be a temporary stop for Cathy...but could it become home instead?
Phoebe, an eight-year-old girl, lies comatose following a car accident. She is a body without a spirit, a stolen child. Ceres, her mother, can only sit by her bedside and read aloud to Phoebe the fairy stories she loves in the hope they might summon her back to this world. But it is hard to keep faith, so very hard. Now an old house on the hospital grounds, a property connected to a book written by a vanished author, is calling to Ceres. Something wants her to enter, and to journey - to a land coloured by the memories of Ceres's childhood, and the folklore beloved of her father, to a land of witches and dryads, giants and mandrakes; to a land where old enemies are watching, and waiting. To the Land of Lost Things.
A surprise reunion...
In this Morgan Family Medics story, paramedic Jonno's memory of Brie is instantaneous when they meet again - and so is their mutual attraction. Whilst Brie can't disguise the flutters of excitement Jonno brings out in her, she knows she now has an opportunity to reveal what she's been longing to tell him: he has a son! Jonno wasn't planning on sticking around, but maybe Brie can give him a reason to stop running...
The family they share...
...brings them together!
In this Morgan Family Medics story, paediatric heart surgeon Anthony Morgan is used to fixing tiny hearts - yet can't mend his own after becoming estranged from his son. When he meets nurse Elsie he learns some shocking news: they share a grandson! Having been alone for so long, Elsie welcomes Anthony's friendship, and is delighted when it develops into something more... But when his family problems seem insurmountable, can she rescue Anthony's heart and heal her own too?
Two babies. One houseguest...
...A for ever family?
Midwife Lisandra panics when the hospital lift gets stuck - just as her waters break! Luckily, she's trapped with obstetrician Malachi, who expertly cares for her. Having lost everything since her fiancé's death, she has nowhere to go, so Malachi offers her and her babies a temporary place to stay. But living with the brooding workaholic is less convenient when a spark ignites between them! Could her knight in shining armour also become a father for her twins?
He loved her once...
Can he risk falling for her again?
Since losing her son, Marcy has had a single focus: researching a cure for cancer. Meeting doctor Dylan again is unexpected, and his compassionate warmth invades the fortress around her heart. Marcy's even more beautiful than he remembers, but Dylan's been abandoned too many times. As they fight for their patients' lives an irresistible passion flares between them. Dare they put themselves on the line again for a shot at happy-ever-after...?
A fresh start...
...with an old friend!
After a bad break-up, Dr Sadie Mills is offered a new job at an exclusive health facility in Scotland with her best friend! It sounds like the perfect escape. Sadie's never worked with Dr Owen Penner before, but why would that be an issue? She loves Owen, but has never been tempted to date such a committed playboy. Yet suddenly she wants to shove him out of the friend zone - straight into her bed!
A nurse to save...
...the single dad!
When neurosurgeon and notorious bachelor Seth becomes guardian to his nephew Noah, for the first time in his life he has no idea what he's doing. Noah hasn't spoken since his mother's passing, so when nurse Andrea gets him to talk Seth enlists her help. Andrea understands what Noah is going through and brings the sparkle back into this little boy's life - and Seth's too! Is she the bright future this fledgling family deserves?
Wearing the Italian's diamond?
Marks the start of her fairytale!
A traumatic past event means that shy Maude's job is the only place she feels safe to shine. So when she needs a last-minute plus one she strikes a deal with the one man she trusts - her boss! But claiming to date ultra-rich Mateo Moreno makes avoiding the limelight impossible...
Mateo is horrified that innocent Maude's name is being dragged into the headlines. He's even prepared to make convenient vows to protect her. But whilst Mateo thinks he can maintain iron-clad control over his emotions, their sudden, all-encompassing passion has other plans!
Is this forbidden Cinderella...
...the key to his redemption?
Rumours surround the reclusive Alessio, Conte Dal Lago, but Charlotte Symonds isn't intimidated - housekeeping for such a prestigious aristocrat will help fulfil her dreams of running her own business. Although she isn't prepared for her unexpected attraction to her new boss...
Racked with guilt since his tragic loss, Alessio runs his billion-euro empire from a secluded Italian castello. Charlotte opens his eyes to the world he's been missing - and to a long-forgotten desire. But can he hope to maintain his impenetrable emotional walls once their powerful chemistry is unleashed?
The one thing they both agree on?
Artist Willow Jacobs's latest high-society portrait is set to make her career. Until the subject's son, Leonidas Stanhope, demands it never sees the light of day! He's everything she isn't: uptight, reserved, and richer than sense. But that won't stop her standing her ground.
And yet their negotiations can't halt her red-hot reaction to the Greek - especially when she sees the same heat reflected in Leo's fierce gaze! This could be innocent Willow's chance to experience the pleasure she believes impossible... Her next move? Asking for a night between his billion-dollar sheets!
When their worlds collide...
They become tied for ever!
Flora Bick once strayed from her carefully scripted life and lost herself in the uninhibited kisses of a stranger. Overwhelmed, she fled his bed and returned to her risk-free existence. Now he's found her, and together they discover the unimaginable - she's pregnant!
After demanding Flora accompany him to Sicily, Raffaele Russo finally reveals his vast wealth...and his determination to give their child the stable upbringing he never had. But for the time being their secret remains theirs alone. And it will bind them even closer than their ever-present desire...
The woman in his bed...
Must now become his bride!
Desert Prince Kamal must find a wife or forfeit his crown. No one seems less suitable than headstrong Princess Kaliah - until they clash at an opulent event and their animosity is transformed into raw, intimate passion!
Discovering Liah was a virgin, Kamal feels honour-bound to offer marriage. But that's the last thing independent Liah wants! There's one way to fix matters: steal her away to his private oasis and make her see reason. Instead, their time alone forces Kamal to admit that desire might have been just as much a factor in his proposal as duty...
Fleeing her very public divorce, socialite Vienna is shocked to find her private hideaway already occupied. Gruff and brooding Jasper is presumed dead - just like Vienna's love-life! - so her instant connection to him is unexpected. Yet completely undeniable...
One night is all Jasper can offer Vienna. The people closest to him always get hurt. But then scandal strikes, forcing them to fly to Chile as a couple, for the whole world to see! And when Jasper learns Vienna is carrying his baby he must take things one step further to protect them both...with his diamond ring!
Then: a forbidden encounter
Now: a binding consequence!
After working undercover at Alessandro Rossi's company for two years, Amelia Seymore is still trying to prove that the Italian billionaire stole her birthright. But the only thing she's been able to prove is her incendiary off-limits attraction to him - which explodes into life at Alessandro's irresistible touch!
When Amelia tries to reignite her revenge plan it quickly comes crashing down, as she learns that she's expecting her enemy's heir! Avenging her family means everything to Amelia. Yet as she's whisked away to Alessandro's Tuscan villa is it still what she wants the most?
She's playing the role of his princess
Is he playing with fire?
To avenge his parents' murder, Greek billionaire Lysias hires renowned spy Al to pose as a long-lost royal - and his fiancée. When an unruly spark flares between them, Lysias knows there's only one way to master it. By indulging it...
Al is transported from her hardscrabble days on the streets to a luxurious kingdom, where she experiences breathtaking pleasure in Lysias's arms. She knows it isn't real. Still, she can't shake the feeling that somehow she belongs within these palace walls. And perhaps even by Lysias's side...
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