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Against All Odds Young Readers’ Edition

Life can lead you to the most unexpected places. In this book, you will read about the extraordinary rescue that Harry and I participated in over a number of tumultuous days in July 2018.

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Nimblefoot

The Moscow Maestro is wearing a nanny goat around his neck like a scarf.

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What About Thao?

‘Just go back to where you came from.’

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The Retreat

Thea’s scream rips through the clearing, startling the birds from the trees in a flurry of flapping wings.

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The Scrap Iron Flotilla

It was 2100 hours, with night drawn in.

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Patting the Shark

A lone figure sits astride their surfboard, like a rider on a horse, calmly balanced, scanning the horizon, searching the vast blue undulations for telltale signs of an approaching swell.

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The Happiest Little Town

It wasn’t the happiest of beginnings. Tilly tried to pretend it would be okay . . .

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Faithless

Even in the summertime the sea here glistens a chill, leaden blue, the late afternoon shadows darkening the water.

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The Orphans

Henry Appleby shook his head and flapped the page with disgust, reaching for his glass of ale nearby.

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Denizen

I was twenty-four when Christian was born, much younger than I’d ever expected to become a father.

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With Love From Wish & Co

Alone in the quiet of Wish & Co after closing time, Marnie Fairchild decided to give it a try.

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All Four Quarters of the Moon

Ah Ma said she could tell if the mooncakes she was making that year for the Mid-Autumn Festival would be perfect or not just by the feel of the yolk.

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When Souls Tear (Time Catchers, #2)

Ava dropped the flowers on Elsie’s grave as if they were newly lit fireworks.

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The Silver Sea (The Golden Tower, #2)

‘Salute,’ said Sophie to her opponent.

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A Reluctant Witch's Guide to Magic

“Not frogs again,” said twelve-year-old Willa Birdwhistle as a large green-and-purple frog landed — splat — on her head.

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Before Mazer invented himself as Mazer, he was Samson Mazer, and before he was Samson Mazer, he was Samson Masur...

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Five Bush Weddings

Six twangy notes of guitar were all it took for every man in a hundred-metre radius to unbuckle his belt, drop his pants and do a dumb dance in his undies.

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Deception

Alice Kent turned up the volume on her car radio as Eric Clapton, playing her favourite number, ‘Layla’, came on.

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