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Legend Press is an independent publishing company set-up in 2005 and has been shortlisted for numerous awards. Backed by an international sales, licensing and acquisitions network, it now publishes around 30 titles per year focused on literary, women's, historical and crime fiction.
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    'A glorious, emotional novel… I can't recommend it enough' Louise BeechOn Yorkshire’s gradually-crumbling mud cliffs sits an Edwardian seaside house. In the bathroom, Jacob and Ella hide from their parents’ passionate arguments by playing the ‘Underwater Breathing’ game — until the day Jacob wakes to find his mother and sister gone.  Years later, the sea’s creeping closer, his father is losing touch with reality and Jacob is trapped in his past. Then, Ella’s sudden reappearance forces him to confront his fractured childhood. As the truth about their parents emerges, it’s clear that Jacob’s time hiding beneath the water is coming to an end. Cassandra Parkin stuns in her latest dark fiction, focusing on what constructs family dynamics and what happens when they fall apart. What Reviewers and Readers Say:'A dark, powerful and emotional novel with hauntingly beautiful prose. It will compel you to read on even as it send chills up your spine'. Nicola Moriarty'This is a glorious, emotional novel about who we really are, where we belong in the world, and how truly at mercy we are to the events that shape us. I can't recommend it enough'. Louise Beech
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    'Ruth Dugdall's novels
    are intelligent and gripping, with a sophisticated psychological sensibility.
    She is a huge talent.' -Sophie
    Hannah
    Delve into the world of probation officer Cate Austin with The Ruth Dugdall Collection —
    an ebook exclusive. This box set contains four psychological crime thrillers by an internationally bestselling author at one bargain price: The Woman
    Before Me, The Sacrificial Man, Humber Boy B, and Nowhere Girl.
    The Woman Before
    Me:
    They came for me, just
    like I knew they would. Luke had been dead for just three days.
    Rose Wilks life is
    shattered when her newborn baby Joel is admitted to intensive care. Emma
    Hatcher has all that Rose lacks. Beauty. A loving husband. A healthy son. Until
    tragedy strikes and Rose is the only suspect.
    Where is the line
    between love and obsession, can justice be served and, if so… by what
    means?
    The Sacrificial
    Man:
    What I want to say is that suicide is my choice. No-one else is to blame. Man seeks beautiful woman
    for the journey of a lifetime: Will you help me to die?
    When Probation Officer
    Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest-profile case of her career. Alice Mariani is charged with assisted suicide and Cate must recommend
    a sentence.
    Alice insists her story
    is one of misinterpreted love, forcing those around her to analyse their own lives. Who is to decide what is normal and when does loyalty turn to obsession?
    Humber Boy B:
    A blur in the sky, a brick — no, a trainer, red — falls to the water… There seems to be a scuffle… a hand grabbing at the dangling child. Then, with the awfulness of inevitability,
    the hanging child drops, gravity takes him.
    A child is killed after
    falling from the Humber Bridge. Despite fleeing the scene, two young brothers
    are found guilty and sent to prison. Upon their release they are granted one privilege only, their anonymity.
    Probation officer Cate
    Austin is responsible for Humber Boy B’s reintegration into society. She must
    ask herself if a child is capable of premeditated murder. Or is there a greater
    evil at play?
    Nowhere
    Girl:
    From the top of the
    Ferris wheel, Ellie can see everything. Her life, laid out beneath her. Ellie
    looks up. She wants freedom.
    Down below, her little
    sister and mother wait, watching as people bundle off the wheel and disappear
    into the crowd. No Ellie. Must be the next box.
    But the Ferris
    wheel continues to turn.
    When Ellie goes missing
    on the first day of Schueberfouer, the police are dismissive, keen not to attract negative attention on one of Luxembourg’s most important
    events.
    Probation officer, Cate
    Austin, decides to investigate matters for herself. She discovers Luxembourg
    has a dark heart. With its geographical position, could it be the centre of a
    child trafficking ring?
  • Legend Pressadded a book to the bookshelfLegend Press7 days ago
    Book 3 of the Smart Skills series: practical guides to mastering vital business skills and techniques. Using proven strategies from business experts, these essential smart skills can empower anyone with the tools to get ahead.
    Gain a competitive edge at work with your business writing skills
    Effective business writing skills can help you win that million-pound contract, earn a promotion, resolve a dispute or generate a significant increase in business leads. Our Smart Skills book offers proven, practical advice on how to put over a clear and impressive message in a style that's deceptively simple and even enjoyable to read. These guidelines will teach you how to:

    Write and format business reports, proposals or presentations
    Recognise the dangers of poor writing
    Write effectively under time pressure
    Use persuasive techniques and structures
    Deal with all types of documentation from a “simple” email to a long report

    Accessibly written, it includes checklists, templates and exercises to help you work through even the most basic building blocks of good writing. Business Writing provides an antidote to the dangers of 'gobbledegook' and 'business-speak' and allows you to generate any kind of document with confidence. After reading this guide, your writing will be effective, engaging and memorable— a vital skill for all professionals.
    ***

    Contents
    Preface: The dangers of poor writing and the opportunities of good
    1. Introduction: Good writing is the business equivalent of an open goal
    2. Getting it down right
    3. Making language work for you
    4. Making it persuasive
    5. Horses for courses: linking style to method
    6. The brief, the very brief and the ubiquitous email
    7. At length: reports and proposals
    Postscript
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    ‘Once you start Catherine Burns’s dark, disturbing, and enthralling debut novel, it’s hard to stop. The Visitors is bizarrely unsettling, yet compulsively readable.’ Iain Reid, Internationally Bestselling Author of I’m Thinking of Ending ThingsMarion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar.Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden.As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn't the only one with a dark side.
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    Inception meets Black Mirror for the YouTube generation.
    The idea behind MindCast is simple. We insert a small chip into your skull and then every thought, every feeling, every memory is streamed live, twenty-four hours a day. Trust me — within a few months you'll be the most talked about person on the planet.
    When David Callow is offered the lead role in a revolutionary new online show, he snatches at the opportunity.
    Rapidly becoming a viral sensation, David is propelled to stratospheric levels of celebrity. However, he soon realises the downside of sharing every secret with the world.
    A prisoner to both his fame and his own thoughts, David seeks to have the chip removed, only to discover the chilling secret lurking at the heart of MindCast, and the terrifying ambition the show's creator has for him.

    What Reviewers and Readers Say:
    'Delivers a brilliant, ice-cold rush of horror … Truly a morality tale for our digital age' Daily Mail
    ‘I couldn't put Broadcast down. I think Liam has the narrative temperature just right here between a compulsive read and a clever Ballardian dystopian prophecy. I'll be thinking about this book for a while, and, to me, that's the sign of something really special.’ Kerry Hadley
    'A thriller that's both hugely entertaining and immediately relevant to the current social media culture… An unsettling tale for our times Broadcast is thriller, commentary, and really very good.' Luke Marlow, The Bookbag
    'A relentlessly thrilling selfie-induced panic attack. Broadcast isn't about the future, it's about right now.' Socrates Adams, author of 'Everything's Fine' and 'A Modern Family'
    'short, fast-paced and un-put-downable … the story made all the more terrifying because of its proximity to reality, only a small step away from what could be.' Mari Ellis Dunning
    'Broadcast is a riotous victory for speculative live entertainment, delivering a sleek, alternative diversion for our appreciate… Not only is this book highly imaginative, it's also one of my favourite reads this year. Terrific stuff!' Wendy Smart, Little Bookness Lane
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    'As worlds collide, a gripping story of belonging, identity, memory, culpability and forgiveness unfolds, creating a poignant and profound novel for our times.' Deborah AndrewsTheo, a young Rwandan refugee fleeing his country’s genocide, arrives in Dublin, penniless, alone and afraid. Still haunted by a traumatic memory in which his father committed a murderous act of violence, he struggles to find his place in the foreign city.Plagued by his past, Theo is gradually drawn deeper into the world of Dublin’s feared criminal gangs, plagued by racism, fear and drugs. But a chance encounter in a restaurant with Deirdre offers him a lifeline.Joined together through survival instincts Theo and Deirdre’s tender friendship is however soon threatened by tragedy. Can they confront their addictions to carve a future out of the catastrophe that engulfs both their lives?Clar expertly aligns countries and cultures in this spellbinding and tough novel. Drawing on authentic inspiration the tumultuous settings come alive as you are drawn into the multi-faceted lives of Theo and Deirdre.What Reviewers and Readers Say:'Clar's book is a gripping thriller which manages to bring two very different worlds into synergy. She succeeds in creating a truly three dimensional African protagonist — a rare thing in popular fiction — helping us to feel both compassion and frustration at Theo's choices.' Celeste Hicks'A fast-paced, powerful and emotional novel deftly crafted and shot through with insight, empathy and poetic beauty. As worlds collide, a gripping story of belonging, identity, memory, culpability and forgiveness unfolds, creating a poignant and profound novel for our times'. Deborah Andrews, author of 'Walking the Lights''Powerful, thought-provoking, and at times horrifying; yet also a compelling story of friendship against all the odds.' Nick Brownlee'Sex, drugs and….Irish poetry meets deep Africa in the most unusual of settings. This visceral novel's imagery will stay with you for a while.' Rosie Garthwaite'With the same assured touch that we saw in her debut novel, Clár Ní Chonghaile here weaves a vivid, moving but never sentimental tale, with deft characterisation, luminous detail and generous flashes of humour. From the very first page I knew I was in good hands.' Léan Cullinan, author of 'The Living''It is undoubtedly a clever novel, a novel that explains much while keeping forward momentum.' Joules Barham, Northern Reader'Rain falling on everyone suggests that death and misfortune are indiscriminate but it is how we deal with the vagaries of nature and life that gives the individual hope and control over their future.' Rich Jones, Rich Reviews'Rain Falls On Everyone was a unique and deeply touching novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.' Pages and Print'This is such an impressive book… It was a pleasure to read and can highly recommend it!' Butterfly in the Sky
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    '…hilariously observed… a much-welcomed comedy of manners.' Jane Green, New York Times Bestselling authorPerfect for fans of Rachel Johnson and Claire Sandy, The Brazilian offers a much-needed dose of celeb scandal for fans of Love Island and other reality TV shows.Following a sensational scandal at one of London's most desired postcodes, Jane and Patrick decide to escape the gossip with a family holiday to Ibiza, their eight-year-old son George in tow.Also on the island that week is a TV reality show involving an eccentric artist, a horny It Girl, a Brazilian footballer and a famous magician.As hapless celebrities are picked off one by one, Jane is desperate to be on the programme, leaving childcare in the not so capable hands of a teenager.One lesbian escapade and an explosive row over hair removal later, the contestants of Ibiza or Bust leave the island with more than sand in places they never knew existed…What Reviewers and Readers Say:'Quirky… and real fun too!' The Independent'Worthy of Trollope, Austen and Arnold Bennett' Mature Times'Pin-sharp and wickedly funny' Adam Foulds'Shot through with wit… Punctures the tawdry and vacuous world of Reality TV with a racy, pacy wit. ' Jonathan Maitland
    'A hilarious bit of escapism. The perfect accessory forany beach vacation.' Jo Piazza'Packed with sun, scandal and crackling humour, this is a beach read full of belly laughs.' Chrissie Manby
    'The Brazilian is what happens when Wish you were here? meets I’m a Celebrity: Rosie Millard’s well-observed island romp depicts the ultimate all-inclusive fortnight in Ibiza. A fun, fast-paced read ideal for a summer getaway' Simon Calder, Travel Journalist & Broadcaster'Hilarious naughty fun — The Brazilian could not have been a more perfect companion for the beach!' Lucy Sykes'An irresistible energy pulsates through Rosie Millard's latest novel. She capture the foibles and follies of her characters with a wry humour that is hard to resist.' Mark Palmer, Daily Mail
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    Top tips and handy hints from Prince Harry to every second sibling
    around the world. An open letter to Princess Charlotte, this book will have you in stitches as the Prince uses
    his past 30 years of experience to give the new Royal Baby a head’s up on how to be the ideal Spare Heir.
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    Investors' Guide to the United Kingdom highlights the positive features and practical benefits that continue to make the UK an attractive location for foreign investors. Key industry and services sectors and their business outlooks are profiled in the context of the Government's economic development programme and incentives for industry. These chapters are authored by the editor based on reports and data provided by the private sector, government ministries and agencies, principally the Ministry of Business, Industry and Skills. This is the fifth edition of the vital guide for foreign investors.
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    Dream of becoming a Welsh language square-dance caller? Know your lucky vitamin?

    Look no further for the answers. 12 Good Reasons to Look Up Uranus is a hilarious collection of horoscopes as read out on Sir Terry Wogan's radio show that will brighten and enlighten every day of the months ahead. Whether a long-standing offer of marriage from Jim Davidson or a surprise offer from a small man with a firm handshake, you need to know what your stars have in store for you.

    The only book to guide you through the coming year.
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    'Remarkable first novel… vividly written, almost painterly'The New York Times Book ReviewOn her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live at their home. Lily becomes infatuated with this wild, bohemian lifestyle and longs to truly be a part of the family.But as the years pass, Lily observes the way the lives of these artists come to reflect their art. Yet it's not Evan, but his own daughters, who pay the price for his radicalism. Almost 30 years later, Lily contemplates the ordinary path her own life took, how she has played it safe, but does freedom come at a cost?Shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown 2017Winner of the Stella Prize 2015Winner of the Tina Kane Emergent Writers AwardUniversity of Canberra 'Book of the Year' 2016Longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary AwardShortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished ManuscriptShortlised for the Dobbie Literary AwardShortlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut FictionShortlisted for the NSW Premier's Prize for New WritingShortlisted for an Amazon Rising Star AwardWalter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction ‘Academy Recommends’ ReadWhat Reviewers and Readers Say:'…full of lush, mesmerizing detail' -- The New Yorker'Emily Bitto writes so well about art, childhood, infatuation, loneliness--you name it. The Strays is a knowing novel, and beautifully done.' — Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings'…an immensely pleasurable read.' -- Bookseller + Publisher'Emily Bitto has written a very stylish and enjoyable debut novel.' -- The Sunday Mail'…a marvellously accomplished and assured debut… Rich in atmosphere and beautifully observed.' — Caroline Baum, Booktopia
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    Maia is leaving London to paint in the bright sunlight and exotic setting of Morocco. Working as an assistant to a once famous Historian, she is lured in by her new surroundings, promising excitement and, more importantly, freedom.
    In the final days of a North African summer, a sense of boredom and unease pervades the city. Maia is drawn unwillingly into the ways in which the clientele of the renowned Grand Tazi pass their increasingly long, hot evenings.

    As the intense heat wears down her resistance, Maia succumbs to vice. The light that she once sought becomes eclipsed by shadowy dealings. Can Maia take back control of her new life and, if so, does she even want to?
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    THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER'Authentic… diverting debut' The Daily MailA clever, sophisticated, psychological crime thriller with dark twists you won’t see comingPerfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie HannahThey came for me, just like I knew they would. Luke had been dead for just three days.Rose Wilks' life is shattered when her newborn baby Joel is admitted to intensive care. Emma Hatcher has all that Rose lacks. Beauty. A loving husband. A healthy son. Until tragedy strikes and Rose is the only suspect.Now, having spent nearly five years in prison in Ipswich, Rose is just weeks away from freedom. Her probation officer Cate must decide whether Rose is remorseful for her crime, or whether she remains a threat to society. As Cate is drawn in, she begins to doubt her own judgement.Where is the line between love and obsession, can justice be served and, if so… by what means?New Edition includes exclusive material and author Q&AREVIEWS'Dark, disturbing and authentic' CWA Judging Panel
    'Ruth Dugdall's novels are intelligent and gripping, with a sophisticated psychological sensibility. She is a huge talent.' Sophie Hannah'A chilling tale of betrayal and obsession… keeps its secrets well' Publishers Weekly'Well-plotted… The author understands how to build suspense and create atmosphere' Kirkus'Tense, taut, almost claustrophobic… full of emotion and suspense' The Bookbag'A young British crime-writer who uses her career in the Probation Service to stunning effect… gripping and powerful' Mike Ripley, Shotsmag'An absolute tour de force that left me thinking for days.' Alex Marwood
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    For Jeff Brennan, juggling multiple identities is a way of life. Online he has dozens of different personalities and switches easily between them. Offline, he shows different faces to different people: the caring grandson, the angry eco-protester, the bored IT consultant.

    So when the beautiful Marie mistakes him for a famous blogger, he thinks nothing of adding this new identity to his repertoire. But as they fall in love and start building a life together, Jeff is gradually forced into more and more desperate measures to maintain his new identity, and the boundaries between his carefully segregated personas begin to fray.

    In a world where truth is a matter of perspective and identities are interchangeable, Jeff finds himself trapped in his own web of lies. How far will he go to maintain his secrets? And even if he wanted to turn back, would he be able to?
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    The latest in the acclaimed Short Story Reinvented Series, 10 Journeys offers a unique array of poignant journeys both literal and psychological. Evocative and highly engaging, the stories transform everyday accounts into the most accessible yet powerful collection possible. Presenting a host of talented writers, each story compares and contrasts to encapsulate the individuality of short fiction. Sometimes dark and stimulating, other times charming and simply beautiful, these stories illustrate a portrait of unexpected wealth in ten bite-size chunks.
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    Silence () n. 1. complete absence of sound. 2. the fact or state of abstaining from speech. v. 1. make silent. 2. (silenced) fitted with a silencer.’ Jackie Harris, prison counsellor and ex-drag king, kills her lover's rapist
    in what she insists is self-defence.
    A literary novel with changing narrators, strong agendas and intertextual sequences, Silence is an examination of sexual violence and its repercussions. It questions the right of the media to scrutinise and pronounce judgement on a person’s life choices.
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    She achieved something momentous: writing by hand, she composed a novel that has become the talk of Swiss Literary Circles. New York Times

    A compelling, edgily atmospheric portrait of an uneasy city and a young woman's struggle to find her place in the world. With quiet understated assurance, The Sky is Changing asks big questions about our fragmented society. C. J. Schuler, The Independent

    London: A group of thirty-somethings meet to celebrate a birthday. All seems normal. But, after two years of trying, Claire and Anthony have still not conceived a child, and pulsing with the fear of terrorist attacks, the city is crackling with tension. Befriending a young girl, Nora, Claire finds herself drawn as her maternal instincts begin to blur.
    Meanwhile, Anthony is forced to question his job as a City Analyst as their safe and secure existence begins to fracture. As Claire retraces the journey she has made since an accident ended her promising career as a ballet dancer in Berlin, she realises her life has moved beyond her control.
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    THE POP MOGUL Simon Cowell as you've never seen him before.
    Here and in his own words, Cowell spills the beans on his superstar chums, including Madonna, Cheryl Cole and Piers 'Magnificent' Morgan — and not forgetting, of course, his secret passion for Angelina Jolie.

    Gunned down by a fan, Cowell wakes up in hospital to find he's got no money, no home and no mates. Worse still, his face looks like it's been through a blender; a tough blow indeed for the vainest man in Britain.

    Cowell is on a quest for fame and fortune. But will he ever be able to win back his elusive Mojo — The Sex Factor?
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    ‘A truly compelling read with a shocking climax. Well written and incredibly descriptive, the author of this particular work has clearly done homework about the field of gastronomy to produce a wonderful and memorable read.’ Publishers Weekly'I was going to say a brilliant debut novel, but it needs no qualification. A brilliant novel, full stop.' Paula LeydenWhen a group of food-obsessed academics at Oxford University form a secret dining society, they happily devote themselves to investigating exotic and forgotten culinary treasures. Until a dish is suggested that takes them all by surprise. Professor Arthur Plantagenet has been told he has a serious heart problem and decides that his death should not be in vain. He sets out his bizarre plan in a will, that on his death, tests the loyalty of his closest friends, the remaining members of this exclusive dining society. A dead Japanese diplomat, police arrests and charges of grave robbing. These are just some of the challenges these culinary explorers must overcome in tackling gastronomy’s ultimate taboo: cannibalism.
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    'Potentially… one of the best; or at least one of the most intriguing Obama books to be published'. Robaroundbooks.com

    A mixture of anecdotes about the author's own growing up in one of America's most formidable Black communities, mixed in with observations on the origins and progress of the music of the South Side: gospel, blues, soul and jazz, and Barack and Michelle Obama's relation to the sound of their community. The Guardian
    Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, London based author and playwright Bonnie Greer seeks to demonstrate that Barack Obama's Presidency is what she calls a 'South Side Presidency'. And that it is only the South Side of Chicago, with its history and culture and institutions that could have sent an African American, in this day and age, to the White House.
    'Obama Music' is a mixture of anecdotes about her own growing up in one of America's most formidable Black communities, mixed in with observations on the origins and progress of the music of the South Side: gospel, blues, soul and jazz, and Barack and Michelle Obama's relation to the sound of their community. All of this is woven in with history ranging from the Great Migration at the end of World War One, to the and of the 60's, an era Obama himself has stated that he feels close to.
    This is not a conventional history book, nor a reporter-on-the campaign-trail account. 'Obama Music' is one African American woman's account of watching, from the other side of the ocean, history being made, a history rooted in the community of her birth, right in her own home town. Small, opinionated, personal, anecdotal and full of music and insights, this book can sit alongside the more heavyweight tomes as a footnote to the phenomenon that is Obama Music.
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