The new novel from the author of Our Endless Numbered Days. Ingrid writes letters to her husband Gil about their life together. She hides each in the thousands of books Gil has collected. Despite their two daughters, despite their beautiful house by the sea and Gil´s talent as a writer, their marriage has been troubled. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach.
Eigentlich hatte sie andere Pläne. Ein selbstbestimmtes Leben, Reisen, vielleicht eine Karriere als Schriftstellerin. Doch als sich Ingrid in ihren Literaturprofessor Gil Coleman verliebt und von ihm schwanger wird, wirft sie für ihn all dies über Bord. Gil liebt seine junge Frau, und dennoch betrügt er sie, lässt sie viel zu oft mit den Kindern in dem kleinen Ort an der englischen Küste allein. In ihren schlaflosen Nächten beginnt sie, Gil heimlich Briefe zu schreiben. Statt ihm ihre innersten Gedanken anzuvertrauen, steckt sie ihre Briefe in die Bücher seiner Bibliothek und verschwindet schließlich auf rätselhafte Weise. Zwölf Jahre später glaubt Gil, seine Frau wieder gesehen zu haben - und ihre gemeinsame Tochter Flora, hin und her gerissen zwischen Hoffnung und Verzweiflung, beginnt nach Antworten zu suchen, ohne zu ahnen, dass sie nur die Bücher ihres Vaters aufschlagen müsste, um sie zu erhalten
AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 2 FACT NOT FICTION BOOKCLUB AND READ BY BILL NIGHY ON AUDIO ´I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time´ Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn´t need is a pet. What he really doesn´t need is a pet penguin. Set against Argentina´s turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom´s side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it´s as the rugby team´s mascot, the housekeeper´s confidant, the host at Tom´s parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets - in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other... The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations around the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals.
It´s Froggy´s birthday, but it seems that everyone has forgotten... No one seems to remember that it´s Froggy´s special day. Mom and Dad don´t say a word, and all of his friends are busy elsewhere. Until he gets back home to find everyone waiting to surprise him with a party, complete with a piñata filled with chocolate-covered flies! ´´Froggy´s natural exuberance and excitement are infectious...´´-School Library Journal on Froggy Plays T-Ball ´´Perfect to comfort any kid a little hesitant at the first swimming lesson. Giggles come with the lesson.´´-The Orlando Sentinel on Froggy Learns To Swim
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?Chad took a deep breath. He pulled on his goggles, pushed them up onto his forehead and slipped on his swimming cap. It was time for the men?s 200 meter butterfly final at the London Olympics of 2012. This was the moment he had been dreaming about for over a decade.?This is the story of Chad le Clos, Olympic gold medallist and record breaker, the swimmer with the never-say-die attitude.It all started on a beach in Durban: every Sunday, Bert and Geraldine le Clos would take their family to the seaside to spend a lazy afternoon at the beach. They soon realised that there was something special about their son: Chad, only eight years old, was a natural in the water. They couldn?t take their eyes off him as he kicked his little legs and fought off the giant waves that came crashing down.Soon enough, Chad joined the swimming team and started breaking all the records in his age group. With his dedicated coach and supportive father, Chad spent hours honing his skills in the local swimming pool, which eventually led him to compete in the 2012 Olympics, where he broke a world record and beat his long-time rival, Michael Phelps. Unbelievable!Despite his strict training program and learning how to live a healthy, balanced life, there was still one more important lesson Chad needed to learn: how to trust his feelings, follow his heart, and stay true to himself. With the support of his family, coach, friends and fans all over the world, he knew he had what it takes to make it all the way to the top.