Het is de zomer van 1921. In het Rifgebergte komen Marokkaanse Berbers in opstand tegen de Spaanse bezetters. In een kwestie van dagen drijven ze het Spaanse leger nagenoeg in zee, een waar bloedbad aanrichtend. Als een van de weinigen weet de jonge kapitein Augusto Santamaría te ontsnappen. Ternauwernood overleeft hij zijn verwondingen, maar hij raakt blijvend invalide en kan niet meer terugkeren naar het leger. Hij wordt aangesteld als commissaris bij de Madrileense veiligheidsdienst. Na jaren van militaire campagnes in Afrika valt het burgerbestaan Santamaría fel tegen. Zijn staat van dienst betekent niets en in zijn werk lijkt hij slechts een symbolische functie te vervullen. Maar wanneer de politieke onrust toeneemt en Madrid bovendien wordt opgeschrikt door de moord op enkele van zijn collega's, lijkt er in het nieuwe Spanje wellicht toch een heel wezenlijke rol voor hem weggelegd. Het bloed in onze aderen is het voorlopige hoogtepunt in het oeuvre van de jonge schrijver Miquel Bulnes. Het is een monumentale, schitterende en vooral uiterst spannende roman, geschreven in een grootse, gedragen stijl, over moed, standvastigheid en overlevingsdrang in duistere tijden. [foto auteur] Miquel Bulnes (1976) is van half Nederlandse en half Spaanse afkomst, en schreef dit boek afwisselend in de twee landen. Eerder publiceerde hij de zeer goed ontvangen romans Zorg, Lab en Attaque! 'Deze roman is zo geslaagd door de humor, de stijl, de vorm waarin het verhaal is gegoten en de knappe wijze waarop het gevoel van hectiek wordt opgeroepen.' arie storm, het parool, over zorg 'Miquel Bulnes + 250 pagina's roman = twee ontspannen avonden.' arjen fortuin, nrc handelsblad 'Het zou gemakkelijk zijn om Bulnes met bekende schrijversnamen te vergelijken die stilistisch gezien een zekere verwantschap met hem vertonen. Dat is niet nodig. Je hoeft Bulnes niet te vergelijken. Het is veel eenvoudiger om Bulnes te lezen en te waarderen om zijn eigen stem. Want dat heeft hij. Kopen.' alex boogers, de pers
The Dumpling Sisters Cookbook
Author: The Dumpling Sisters, Amy Zhang, Julie Zhang
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Over 100 deliciously fuss-free recipes from The Dumpling Sisters' Kitchen. Amy and Julie Zhang have been entertaining and educating their thousands of followers on Youtube with their recipes for deliciously easy homemade Chinese food - now THE DUMPLING SISTERS COOKBOOK brings you more of the easy Chinese recipes and advice that those fans have been clamouring for. Dedicated to and destined to be adored by every Chinese food lover, this book is full of Chinese-food favourites, impressive sharing dishes and even sweet treats that have been little acknowledged in a western understanding of Chinese food - until now. This is Chinese home cooking at its best. The recipes are structured as to give a gradual introduction to Chinese dishes, beginning with the simple; Best Ever Fried Rice, and working up to the more elaborate Cracking Five-Spice Roast Pork Belly, and are interspersed with the insider tips and tricks that the girls' Youtube fans adore. There is also a focus on Chinese culture and eating etiquette (for perfecting those chopstick skills), including sharing menu planner and a guide to shopping at the Chinese supermarket. Amy and Julie write with wit and gusto - they are the perfect cooks to take any food lover on a journey to discover real Chinese cooking.
Winter in Madrid
Author: C. J. Sansom
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's The Shadow of the Wind and Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong will fall in love with Winter in Madrid, the arresting novel from C.J. Sansom. In September 1940, the Spanish Civil War is over and Madrid lies in ruins while the Germans continue their march through Europe. Britain stands alone as General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war. Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett, a privileged young man who was recently traumatized by his experience in Dunkirk and is now a reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of Sandy Forsyth, an old school friend turned shadowy Madrid businessman, Brett finds himself involved in a dangerous game and surrounded by memories. Meanwhile, Sandy's girlfriend, ex-Red Cross nurse Barbara Clare, is engaged in a secret mission of her own. A vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madrid is an intimate and riveting tale that offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding, and reveals the profound impact of impossible choices. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Marco Effect
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
Includes an excerpt from The Hanging Girl.
Author: Jaan Kross
Publisher: MacLehose Press
The first part in an epic historical trilogy - The Estonian answer to Wolf Hall - by the nation's greatest modern writer Jaan Kross's trilogy dramatises the life of the renowned Livonian Chronicler Balthasar Russow, whose greatest work described the effects of the Livonian War on the peasantry of what is now Estonia. Like Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell, Russow is a diamond in the rough, a thoroughly modern man in an Early Modern world, rising from humble origins to greatness through wit and learning alone. As Livonia is used as a political football by the warring powers of Russia, Sweden, Poland and Lithuania, he continues to climb the greasy pole of power and influence. Even as a boy, Russow has the happy knack of being in the right place and saying the right thing at the right time. He is equally at home acting as friend and confidante to his ambitious patron and as champion for his humble rural relatives. Can anything halt his vertiginous rise? Like most young men he is prey to temptations of the flesh . . .
Author: Allison Brennan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
DEADLY QUEST When a top lieutenant in a notorious ring of human traffickers agrees to turn state’s evidence, Immigration and Customs Enforcement senior agent Sonia Knight believes she’ll finally take down the illegal operation’s devilish mastermind, Xavier Jones. But when an FBI sting on Jones’s criminal enterprise collides with an ICE stakeout, Sonia is enraged: Her informant’s life and her evidence are in grave jeopardy. FBI agent Dean Hooper has been chasing Jones for years on money-laundering and tax-evasion charges and doesn’t need or want a hot-headed ICE agent second-guessing his every move. When the Bureau is ordered to join forces with ICE, Sonia is just as livid: Her job is to save lives, not money. But their team effort pays off as fierce mutual resentment fades and passion flares–along with risk. For Jones is just one piece of a depraved puzzle, answering to an even more dangerous predator. Denied his expected prey, this pitiless fiend intends to make Sonia and Dean pay with their own blood. From the Paperback edition.
Catching the Tide
Author: Judith Lennox
Publisher: Hachette UK
Secrets shape the ebb and flow of our lives... Two sisters face battles in life and love amongst the ever-present threat of war in Judith Lennox's unforgettable historical novel, Catching the Tide. Perfect for fans of Santa Montefiore and Kate Morton. 1933. Tessa and Frederica Nicolson enjoy one last idyllic summer at the beautiful Villa Millefiore, overlooking Florence. Four years later, Italy is a distant memory and Tessa is revelling in the glamour and excitement of modelling in London, until a passionate affair with married author Milo Rycroft leads to tragic consequences. Tessa returns to Florence, and, missing her sister desperately, Freddie, too, travels to Italy, where she is swept up in adventure, danger and romance, and makes a chance encounter that will change her life. With the outbreak of World War Two, Tessa and Freddie must fight for their own survival and happiness, while they wonder whether they will ever see each other again... What readers are saying about Catching the Tide: 'Ideal escapism' 'This beautifully written book has an overarching theme of love and loss, and expertly captures the hedonistic atmosphere of pre-war WW2 London and Europe' 'Wonderful story, I couldn't put the book down!'
Author: Marcus Aurelius
Publisher: Everyman's Library
The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (a.d. 121—180) embodied in his person that deeply cherished, ideal figure of antiquity, the philosopher-king. His Meditations are not only one of the most important expressions of the Stoic philosophy of his time but also an enduringly inspiring guide to living a good and just life. Written in moments snatched from military campaigns and the rigors of politics, these ethical and spiritual reflections reveal a mind of exceptional clarity and originality, and a spirit attuned to both the particulars of human destiny and the vast patterns that underlie it. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Ferdinand Bordewijk, E. M. Prince
Publisher: Ivan R Dee
The basis of the Academy Award winning film essentially the story of a young man growing up in a Rotterdam slum and making good by pluck and intelligence, but all of his success comes out of the desire to spite his violent, grasping, and ruthless father. Roger Ebert called the tale "dark, bitter, and fascinating."
The Vein Book
Author: John J. Bergan, Nisha Bunke
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Vein Book provides complete, authoritative, and up-to-date information about venous function and dysfunction, bridging the gap between clinical medicine and basic science. It is the single most authoritative resource on veins and venous circulation.
Author: Inge Schilperoord
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Dark and shocking psychological suspense about a man at war with himself. This is a skillful and assured debut about a deeply unsettling subject Jonathan has returned from prison to his almost deserted, run-down neighbourhood. He has returned to his mother, to his dog, to filling the days with walks on the dunes and caring for the fish he keeps in an aquarium in his bedroom - struggling, like him, to survive the oppressive summer heat. But there is a young girl with a chipped front tooth living next door, and feelings he thought forgotten are coming back to Jonathan. His growing obsession with her threatens to overwhelm his whole life, as well as hers, but he is determined to make the most of this second chance he has been given. He is determined not to let it happen again. Tench is criminal psychologist Inge Schilperoord's daring first novel: unnerving, morally complicated and utterly gripping, it moves brilliantly through true darkness. Inge Schilperoord (born 1973) is a Dutch criminal psychologist. She also works as an editor and reviewer for a number of newspapers and magazines. Tench, her first novel, won the Bronze Owl Prize for best debut, was shortlisted for four other major prizes in the Netherlands and Belgium, and was a five-time book of the year in the Dutch press.
The Hidden Force
Author: Louis Couperus
Publisher: The Floating Press
In The Hidden Force, Dutch writer Louis Couperus presents a prescient critique of European colonialism that was decades ahead of its time. The novel follows Dutch expat Van Oudyck in his life in Java, as he comes to grips with the damage wrought by Western incursions into foreign cultures, not only on a grand scale, but also within his own family.
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The Universal Sense
Author: Seth S. Horowitz
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Reveals how the human sense of hearing manipulates how people think, consume, sleep and feel, explaining the hearing science behind such phenomena as why people fall asleep while traveling, the reason fingernails on a chalkboard causes cringing and why songs get stuck in one's head.
Author: Adri van der Heijden
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Winner of the 2012 Libris Literature Prize — the Dutch equivalent of the Booker Prize — and a bestseller in Holland and Germany, this is a mesmerising rendition of grief and love. On Pentecost 2010, Tonio — the only son of writer Adri van der Heijden — is hit by a car. He dies of his injuries that same day. Tonio is only 21. His parents are faced with the monstrous task of forging ahead with their lives in the knowledge that their only child will never again come home, never again stop by just to catch up, never again go out shopping with his mother and bitch about passers-by, never again ask his father: 'Did you work well today?' Never again. Adri van der Heijden is driven by two compelling questions: what happened to Tonio during the final days and hours before the accident, and how could this accident happen? This search takes in various eyewitnesses, friends, police officers, doctors, and the mysterious Jenny — who turns out to have played a crucial role in Tonio's life during those final weeks. PRAISE FOR ADRI VAN DER HEIJDEN ‘Recording this death [of his son] becomes both a duty to Tonio and part of the struggle of grieving, and van der Heijden finds he cannot not write about it … these two strands are woven together skilfully, and beautifully at times.’ The Weekend Australian ‘A monument to love and suffering: the author A.F.Th. van der Heijden has written a requiem for his son. Tonio is one of the most powerful, compelling expressions of the human spirit in the face of its opposite, death and the void.’ Die Welt