Flea, the iconic bassist and co-founder , alongside Anthony Kiedis, of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star. Michael Peter Balzary was born in Melbourne, Australia, on October 16, 1962. His more famous stage name, Flea, and his wild ride as the renowned bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers was in a far and distant future. Little Michael from Oz moved with his very conservative, very normal family to Westchester, New York, where life as he knew it was soon turned upside down. His parents split up and he and his sister moved into the home of his mother's free-wheeling, jazz musician boyfriend - trading in rules, stability, and barbecues for bohemian values, wildness, and Sunday afternoon jazz parties where booze, weed, and music flowed in equal measure. There began Michael's life-long journey to channel all the frustration, loneliness, love, and joy he felt into incredible rhythm. When Michael's family moved to Los Angeles in 1972, his home situation was rockier than ever. He sought out a sense of belonging elsewhere, spending most of his days partying, playing basketball, and committing petty crimes. At Fairfax High School, he met another social outcast, Anthony Kiedis, who quickly became his soul brother, the yin to his yang, his partner in mischief. Michael joined some bands, fell in love with performing, and honed his skills. But it wasn't until the night when Anthony, excited after catching a Grandmaster Flash concert, suggested they start their own band that he is handed the magic key to the cosmic kingdom. Acid for the Children is as raw, entertaining and wildly unpredictable as its author. It's both a tenderly evocative coming of age story and a raucous love letter to the power of music and creativity
The deliciously uplifting new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING and MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY. Not to be missed by readers of Lucy Diamond and Katie Fforde. Mimi isn't looking for love when she spends a weekend in Goosebrook, the Cotswolds village her dad has moved to. And her first encounter with Cal, who lives there too, is nothing like a scene in a romantic movie - although she can't help noticing how charismatic he is. But Cal's in no position to be any more than a friend, and Mimi heads back to her busy London life. When they meet again four years later, it's still not to be. Cal is focusing on his family, and Mimi on her career. Then Cal dives into a potentially perfect new romance whilst Mimi's busy fixing other people's relationships. It seems as if something, or someone else, always gets in their way. Will it ever be the right time for both of them? The joy of Jill's novels : 'The queen of witty, heart-warming, feel-good love stories ' Red 'A heartwarming treat from one of my favourite writers ' Katie Fforde 'Reading Jill is always such a joy! ' Veronica Henry ' Funny, bouncy, romantic and brilliantly written ...A feel-good gem ' ***** Heat 'The sweetest love story of the year ' Fabulous
THE NO. 1 BESTSELLER 'The perfect book to take on your summer hols' Heat **** The breathtaking new novel from Sunday Times bestselling Sheila O'Flanagan, author of THE MISSING WIFE and WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT. Perfect for readers of Catherine Alliott and Marian Keyes. What would you do if you discovered you were living a lie? When a shocking news report shatters Juno Ryan's world, she suddenly finds herself without the man she loves - and with no way of getting the answers she needs. Juno flees to the enchanting Villa Naranja in Spain. The blue skies and orange groves - along with Pep, the local winemaker's handsome son - begin to soothe her broken heart. But just when she begins to feel whole again, another bombshell drops. Juno might have run away from her secrets, but the past isn't finished with her... 'The sultry Spanish location is wonderfully escapist ... a captivating, sun-soaked read ' Daily Express 'If you're seeking an escape of your own, this sunny, evocative story is the perfect place to hide away ' S Magazine 'A feel-good story told by a funny and down-to-earth heroine ' Woman 'A hugely enjoyable romance , written with pace and heart . It will make you long to jump on a plane yourself' Sunday Mirror 'A beautiful backdrop to the story of a woman finding acceptance and new beginnings ' Woman & Home ' Perfect for those lazy, hazy days ' Sun ' Pure escapism ' Candis 'You'll race through this warm, heart-felt read ' Best ' Page-turner ' Bella
A compelling tale of family ties, with vivid characters and an authentic Cretan background. Through dramatic storytelling, Victoria Hislop charts the fate of four generations rent by war, illicit love, passion and leprosy, from the thirties through to the present day. It is certain to capture the hearts and imaginations of the nation.
Now a New York Times bestseller From the internationally bestselling author of LOVE HER WILD comes THE DARK BETWEEN STARS, a new illustrated collection of heartfelt, whimsical, and romantic poems from Instagram poetry sensation, Atticus. Atticus has captured the hearts and minds of nearly 700k followers (including stars like Karlie Kloss, Emma Roberts, and Alicia Keys). In his second collection of poetry, The Dark Between Stars , he turns his attention to the dualities of our lived experiences = the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey, these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search for connection, as well as light-hearted, humorous observations. As Atticus writes poignantly about dancing, Paris, jazz clubs, sunsets, sharing a bottle of wine on the river, rainy days, creating, and destroying, he illustrates that we need moments of both beauty and pain = the darkness and the stars = to fully appreciate all that life and love have to offer.
Modern fictionSonia Cameron came to Alhambra to dance but a chance encounter and a collection of old photographs plunge her headlong into a story of passion that occurred 70 years ago, during the Spanish Civil War. This second novel from the phenomenally successful author of The Island. The Return debuted at No. 2 in the Sunday Times HB charts and spent 9 weeks in the Top Ten.
Twelve years ago the small town of Coventry, Massachusetts was in the grasp of a particularly brutal winter. And then came the Great Storm. It hit hard. It was the deadliest winter in living memory. Until now.
Fifty-something Lizzie Prain is an ordinary housewife. She enjoys cooking, avoids the neighbours and runs a little business making cakes. No one has seen Lizzie's husband, Jacob, for a few days. That's because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade.
Modern fictionA contemporary novel of love and grief, now in Review paperback, from a widely acclaimed Irish author. "Her voice is impassioned again. After so many years and so many novels, Johnston still has something to say" The Scotsman. "Written in Johnston's usual haunting prose...no word is unnecessary" Maeve Binchy, Sunday Times.
Modern fictionThe second title in a new, original paperback series from the internationally bestselling creator of bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, alongside Charlotte Hughes - a popular author of comic and romantic fiction in the US.
Crime & mystery/Historical fictionThe second novel in the stunning new Francis Hancock series. It is October 1940 and undertaker Hancock is called out to attend to the corpse of a young gypsy girl. Meanwhile the Military Police are looking for a German, believed to be a Nazi spy.
Modern fictionThe 4th book in a fantastic new series from the author of the Gossip Girl books, which have been adapted into a successful TV series. Set in New York, it follows a group of teenage girls. Ages: 12+.
Adventure / thriller/Historical fictionThe second of an epic quartet of novels focussing on two giants of European history, Wellington and Napoleon. Opening in 1796 and continuing to 1804, it follows their lives as Napoleon establishes himself as Emperor and sets his sights on conquering all of Europe. Previous novel Young Bloods was highly critically acclaimed.