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Jed is back in London, where it all began. But there’s no time to draw breath. The hunt continues: by the River Thames, during New Year’s Eve fireworks, and into the secret heart of St Paul’s Cathedral. If Jed can’t complete his quest within the year, he will die. Is his time really up – or just beginning?
Jed needs a miracle. If he can’t complete his quest within a year, he will die. If he can, he will become immortal. Jed and Kassia know that time is running out. And when their enemies hunt them down in Paris, the friends flee to Istanbul to reveal its age-old secrets. But they know that the biggest clue to the mystery is Jed himself. Who is he? And what is hidden in his past?
Jed must confront the revelation of his true identity: he is the alchemist Fulcanelli who discovered the elixir of life and used it to become young again. He must take the elixir one more time in order to live for ever. If he doesn’t take it he will die. But Jed only has nine months left to take the elixir. And he has absolutely no idea how to make it. The challenge is clear. Jed, Kassia and co. must hunt down the secret recipe. Their quest takes them to Prague and then on to Paris – but hot on their heels are NOAH, the secret organisation that will do anything to get their hands on the secret to eternal life. Jed has everything to live for. But who can he trust?
Stuart Horten, ten-years-old and small for his age, moves to the dreary town of Beeton, far away from all his friends. And then he meets his neighbours, the unbearable Kingley triplets, and things get even worse. But in Beeton begins the strangest adventure of Stuart’s life as he is swept up in a quest to find his great-uncle’s lost workshop.
Snegurochka is a story about motherhood, from the perspective of young Englishwoman Rachel, living in Ukraine in 1992. Mykola the racketeer, Stepan the watcher and Elena the caretaker behave with depth and complexity as they respond to Rachel and a profound and emotive backstory is revealed that nevertheless keeps menace on a knife edge.
Gil’s wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years. A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their mother. Is Ingrid dead? Or did she leave? And do the letters hidden within Gil’s books hold the answer to the truth behind his marriage, a truth hidden from everyone including his own children?
‘The law seems to be very interested in widows and lesbians. Both are hanging on to the edges of society, begging to be recognised.’ It’s the end of a millennium. India has made tremendous progress in science and technology, but in these times of economic boom can a friendship between two women give them the power to defy society?
April 1941, Romsey, England. Josephine ‘Jo’ Fox hasn’t set foot in Romsey in over 20 years. As an illegitimate child, her family found her an embarrassment. Now, she wants to return to what was once her home and uncover the secret of her parentage. Who was her father and why would her mother never talk about him? Jo arrives the day after the Luftwaffe have bombed the town. The local pub, The Cricketers’ Arms, has been completely destroyed and rescue teams are searching for the remains of the seven people known to have been in the pub at the time the bomb hit. They are shocked to uncover eight bodies, not seven. The eighth, unidentified, body is that of a teenage girl, who no one in the town claims to know. Who is she, how did she get there – and who killed her? Teaming up with local coroner and old friend, Bram Nash, Jo sets out to establish the identity of the girl and solve the riddle of her death.
Voices of the Mayflower tells the story of a handful of religious fanatics, brave souls, crooks and cowards who sailed from Europe to New England 400 years ago – some in pursuit of religious freedom but most, adventurers in the quest for riches.