Holiday picks from Penguin
Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
Over the course of ten previous novels, #1 New York Times - bestselling author Daniel Silva has established himself as one of the world's finest writers of international intrigue and espionage. In Moscow Rules, his eighth thriller to feature Gabriel Allon, the death of a journalist leads Allon to Moscow - not the grim grey Moscow of Soviet times but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and choked with bulletproof Bentleys. A Moscow where a new generation of Stalinists is plotting to reclaim a lost empire and to challenge the global dominance of its old enemy, the United States. One such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel who is about to deliver Russia's most sophisticated weapons to al- Qaeda. Unless Allon can learn the time and place of the delivery, the world will see the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11-and the clock is ticking fast. Published by Penguin in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
DK Eyewitness Travel Visual Phrase Books
Going abroad on holiday and need to brush up on your Spanish? Or Italian? The new DK Eyewitness Travel Visual Phrase Books give you the chance to look before you speak, with an innovative visual approach to using and learning basic phrases, accompanied by a 60-minute audio CD. They come in four different languages (French, Spanish, German and Italian) and provide galleries of words and pictures which make it easy to find key vocabulary at a glance and remember what you've seen. Learn phrases to help you find your way about, eat out, shop and go sightseeing. Plus the easy-to-use pronunciation guide and the CD which contains key words and phrases to help you speak like a native.
Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong
Winner of the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, Jian Rong's extraordinary debut novel Wolf Totem broke all sales records in its native China. Published in English by Penguin in the UK, US, China and Australia, South Africa and India, Wolf Totem is a meticulously researched, semiautobiographical tale about the struggle for life on the Mongolian grasslands during the Cultural Revolution. An epic tale in the vein of The Last Emperor, it depicts the dying culture of the Mongols and the parallel extinction of the animal they believe to be sacred: the fierce and otherworldly Mongolian wolf.
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
New from Penguin India, Sea of Poppies is an epic saga from the bestselling author of The Shadow Lines and The Glass Palace. It is the mid nineteenth century and an old slaving ship, the Ibis, is set for a tumultuous voyage from Calcutta across the Indian Ocean to the Mauritius Islands. Fate has thrown together on the ship a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners - sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts. Ghosh evokes the smells, rituals and squalor of India in the 1830s in this gripping adventure which spans the lush poppy fields by the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of China at the time of the Opium Wars.
Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks
Written by acclaimed novelist Sebastian Faulks to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth, the new James bond novel sees 007 take on the evil Dr Julius Gorner, a man who knows no master but his own power-crazed ego. A tide of lethal narcotics threatens to engulf Sixties Britain, a British airliner goes missing over Iran and a mysterious woman disappears as nuclear war threatens the nation. Action-packed and slick, this thriller will delight old and new Bond fans alike. Published by Penguin in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Europe and Ireland.
Breath by Tim Winton
Breath by the twice Booker-shortlisted author Tim Winton, published by Penguin in Australia, has been the biggest selling fiction title the country has ever seen. Winton's first novel for seven years, Breath is a gripping and deeply moving story of Bruce 'Pikelet' Pike and Ivan 'Loonie' Loon, two boys living on the coast of Western Australia who spend their time daring each other to take risks in the ocean - simple things like seeing who can stay underwater the longest. Then they team up with Sando - a once-famous surfer. Under his guidance, they test themselves even further, becoming consumed by the thrill of surfing and finally risking life and limb while riding the big waves. A story about the wildness of youth - the lust for excitement and terror, the wounds that heal and those that don't - and about learning to live with its passing.