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Nicola Hodgkinson Life With the Lid Off The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Author competition winner tells of the travails of family life with warmth and wit Like many women after a divorce, Nicola Hodgkinson found herself facing a stark reality. With three young children to raise and a ramshackle cottage by the sea she had a choice: to wallow in self pity or to pull herself together and get on with it. She chose the latter. Life with the Lid Off is a profound and funny evocation of a universal theme: how to find yourself again amongst the constant hurly burly sandwich of life. Nicola Hodgkinson won The People’s Author national writing competition on the Alan Titchmarsh Show. She lives with a menagerie of animals in Suffolk, where she writes in her shed.

Autobiography Cased March 2010 £12.99 288pp 216 x 135mm 978 1 4091 1563 2 Markets: World USA, Translation & Serial: Orion

Harlan Coben Play Dead A fast-moving, suspense-filled thriller from the No. 1 bestseller On Laura Ayers’ honeymoon, her sports superstar husband goes for a swim – and never returns. Whilst struggling to cope with her grief, Laura is plagued by doubts. Was it an accident? Or suicide? Or some terrible, illjudged hoax? As events begin to unfold, Laura starts to uncover a conspiracy which reaches deep into the past. Someone will do anything to keep Laura away from the awful truth – and she has no idea who she can trust ... Harlan Coben was the first author to win all three major crime awards in the US. In 2009 he won the Bestsellers Dagger at the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards. He lives in New Jersey with his family.

Fiction Cased/MMP June 2010 £18.99/£7.99 464pp/528pp 234 x 153mm/198 x 129mm 978 1 4091 2244 9/978 1 4091 2048 3 Markets: W orld XUSAC USA: Penguin; T ranslation: Aaron Priest; Serial: Orion X 83