Danielle Steele New Covers
Steel, Danielle9780751543889 Sphere A 416pp S$15.95
At twenty-one Annabelle Driscoll was the acknowledged beauty, but it was her sister Audrey – four years older –who had the spine and spirit. She had talent as a photographer; she had the restless urge of a born wanderer.Inevitably it was Annabelle who was the first to marry, leaving Audrey to wonder if life was passing her by.Sometimes she would dream of a man like her father, someone with adventure in his soul and exotic places in hisheart. The men she met in California were dull. Even in New York they failed to interest her. Only when she sailedfor Europe aboard the Mauretania did she mingle with others more like her. Only when she boarded the OrientExpress did she realise she was beginning a journey that would take her farther than she had ever dreamed pos-sible: deep into China, Tibet, the magic of the Orient and later NorthAfrica and Europe. Her life would never be thesame again.
Steel, Danielle9780751543933 Sphere A 416pp S$15.95
One woman’s odyssey through a century of tur-moil . . . St Petersburg: one famous night of vio-lence in the October Revolution ends the lavishlife of the Romanov court forever – shattering thedreams of young Countess Zoya Ossupov. Paris:under the shadow of the Great War, émigrésstruggle for survival as taxi drivers, seamstress-es and ballet dancers. Zoya flees there in pover-ty – and leaves in glory. America: a glitteringworld of flappers, fast cars and furs in theRoaring Twenties; a world of comfort and cafésociety that would come crashing down withoutwarning. Zoya, living through it all, faces chal-lenges and triumphs with an indomitable spirit. InZoya, Danielle Steel has created a true heroinethrough masterful storytelling.
Steel, Danielle9780751543834 Sphere A 288pp S$15.95
As the stars of the screen they shared their secrets with millions. Offstage they were ordinarypeople with homes and dreams, lives and loves,every bit as real...When Manhattan was con-ceived as a new TV series it offered more than just a chance for a network to make the ratings.For the stars involved it meant the chance of alifetime - if they were prepared to pay the price.Sabina Quarles saw a second chance to lovewhen it had seemed her life was over. For BillWarwick it meant salvation from a tangled web of unhappiness he'd been powerless to escape.Andas the viewers watched the drama unfold, theactors shared their passion and pain in the per-formance of their lives.
STAR TREK (film tie-in)
Foster, Alan Dean9781439194874 Pocket Books A 288ppS$15.95
Directed by J.J. Abrams, creator of cutting-edgecult television shows Lost and Alias, the filmlaunched the Star Trek franchise into a new stel-lar era. Going back to the very beginnings of theclassic Star Trek, the film tells how James T. Kirk,the half-Vulcan Spock, Dr McCoy, engineer Montgomery Scott and crew members Chekov,Sulu and Uhura first came together as rookieStarfleet recruits, and how they embraced thedestiny that would later send them out across thegalaxy accompanied by the immortal words:'These are the voyages of the StarshipEnterprise…' A largely brand new cast includingChris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto (Heroes) asSpock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Karl Urban asMcCoy alongside Eric Bana, Winona Ryder andLeonard Nimoy will bring Star Trek to a whole new audience, while at the sametimeAlan Dean Foster's novelization will enthrall both existing fans and a new gen-eration of readers.
HOW IT IS
Beckett, Samuel9780571243747 Faber & Faber B 160ppS$27.50
Published in French in 1961, and in English in1964, How It Is is a novel in three parts, written inshort paragraphs, which tell (abruptly, cajolingly,bleakly) of a narrator lying in the dark, in the mud,repeating his life as he hears it uttered - or remembered - by another voice. Told from within,from the dark, the story is tirelessly and intimate-ly explicit about the feelings that pervade hisworld, but fragmentary and vague about all elsetherein or beyond. Together with Molloy, How It Iscounts for many readers as Beckett’s greatestaccomplishment in the novel form. It is also hismost challenging narrative, both stylistically andfor the pessimism of its vision, which continuesthe themes of reduced circumstance, of another life before the present, and the self-appraisingsearch for an essential self, which were inaugurated in the great prose narrativesof his earlier trilogy.
Beckett, Samuel9780571243716 Faber & Faber B 224ppS$24.95
Molloy is Samuel Beckett’s best-known novel,and his first published work to be written inFrench, ushering in a period of concentratedcreativity in the late 1940s which included thecompanion novels Malone Dies and TheUnnamable. The narrative of Molloy, old and ill,remembering and forgetting, scarcely human,begets a parallel tale of the spinsterish Moran, aprivate detective sent in search of him, whoseown deterioration during the quest joins in withthe catalogue of Molloy’s woes. Molloy brings aworld into existence with finicking certainties, atthe tip of whoever is holding the pencil, andtrades larger uncertainties with the reader.
LYING IN BED
Samson, Polly9781844087082 Virago B 224pp S$22.00
Do you cover up or reveal it all; seek revenge or just reassurance; let the truth be naked as theday or cloaked in a night-time story? The menand women of Polly Samson’s debut fiction allhave stories to tell, pasts to forget, futures toforge. Manipulative or meek, used or using, allare aware of the power of truth, deception andlittle white lies to get what they want or some-times what they deserve. Some are concernedwith the economies of speech, those little ‘kind-nesses’ which protect our loved ones but reallyourselves; some investigate the warped logicwhich adults serve out to children to keep them‘innocent’; all are concerned with the beds wemake and the lies we tell in them. . .