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Two Can Keep A Secret

 “You have four kinds of sparkling water,” Mia reports from the depths of our refrigerator.

The Front Runner

To get to the tiny village of Kittredge, Colorado, which for five days in 1987 became the unlikely center of the political solar system, you have to take the interstate about ten miles west of Denver

We Can See You

Even the most perfect life can shatter in seconds, and Brook Connor’s nightmare began approximately two minutes after she walked through her front door.


On the way home from the hospital, she asked him if he wanted her to stay.

Tom Clancy's Oath of Office

In Mother Russia, secrets did not stay secret for long.

The Whisperer

She wasn’t beautiful, and she was of course perfectly aware of it.

The First Lady

Twenty-one minutes before the ambush, Harrison Tucker is lying on his stomach on a king-size bed in an Atlanta hotel room

Once Upon a River

There was once an inn that sat peacefully on the bank of the Thames at Radcot, a long day’s walk from the source.

How to Make Gravy

In the middle of the journey of my life I found myself inside a tent of mirrors.

Babies & Toddlers

So, you’ve finished reading Up the Duff: The Real Guide to Pregnancy, and now you’ve thrown it at the wall and you’re shouting ‘Yes, but what do I do now the bloody baby has arrived, you dreadful slattern?!’


When I was a kid, my aspirations were simple. I wanted a dog. I wanted a house that had stairs in it— two floors for one family.

The Arsonist

Picture a fairytale’s engraving. Straight black trees stretching in perfect symmetry to their vanishing point, the ground covered in thick white snow.

The Sentence is Death

Usually, I enjoy visiting film sets.

Two Old Men Dying

At the time of the discovery of the astonishingly ancient Learned Man, some decades back, my friend Peter Jorgensen, a scientist from Melbourne, was testing dried lake basins and their sediments for records of ancient rainfall oscillations.

The Wych Elm

I’ve always considered myself to be, basically, a lucky person.

The Children Act

London. Trinity term one week old. Implacable June weather.

Target: Alex Cross

Temperatures that late January morning plunged to four degrees above zero, and still people came by the hundreds of thousands, packing both sides of the procession route from Capitol Hill to the White House.

Sea of Greed

David Ben-Avi walked along a trail on the rocky, windswept island of Jaros.

One Day in December

It’s a wonder everyone who uses public transport in winter doesn’t keel over and die of germ overload.

Let Her Fly

So many people ask me, with love and kindness in their hearts, “What has been your proudest moment, Ziauddin?”