Written especially for bright GCSE students (and their teachers), The Art of Poetry, Volume 6, provides incisive and engaging critical essays on each of the poems from AQA’s Power & Conflict poetry cluster. In addition to the essays, the book includes teaching and revision activities as well as advice on key skills such as analysing unseen poetry and comparing poems. If you’re aiming to achieve a top grade in your Literature GCSE or you’re just interested in developing your appreciation of poetry, this is the book for you!
If you can’t date anyone nice, don’t date anyone at all…
Steven Scaffardi’s The Drought is the laugh-out-loud tale of one man’s quest to overcome the throes of a sexual drought. After the stormy break-up with his girlfriend of three years, Dan Hilles is faced with the daunting task of throwing himself back into the life of a single man. With the help of his three best pals, Dan is desperate and determined to get his leg-over with hilarious consequences!
“Steven Scaffardi’s first novel is absolutely hilarious and will leave every reader, male or female, laughing out loud.”
Chick Lit Plus
“A pleasantly darker alternative to the offerings of Mike Gayle. All hail the arrival of Steven Scaffardi.”
Ortis Deley | Television & Radio Presenter
“I laughed so much I spat my tea out!”
“The Drought is like an adult Inbetweeners that will have you laughing all the way through!”
Luke Dolan | TV Producer
“WARNING – This book will make you cry… with laughter! The perfect gift for the lad in your life!”
BCF Book Review
“Witty, well-written, and pulls no punches. Scaffardi has an imaginative mind that needs to be unleashed!”
Angellica Bell | Television & Radio Presenter
Dan Hilles is a pretty regular kind of guy – regular job, regular bunch of mates, regular male aversion to shopping. But following his break-up with long-term girlfriend, Stacey, he finds himself single again. He’s been out of the game for a while and is a little out of practice. Soon, the very irregular and increasingly worrying issue in Dan’s life is the extended drought he finds himself suffering. And we’re not talking the climate change, scorched earth, God I’m parched variety.
You’ve got to hand it to Dan though – it certainly isn’t from a lack of trying. With stalwart mates Ollie, Jack and Rob on hand to lend their collective pearls of male wisdom and arrange the odd road trip, you’d think Dan’s days of languishing in a sexual wilderness would be numbered. You’d think…
Even best friends can’t help prevent the kind of surreal holes Dan just can’t seem to help digging himself into. And with each failed attempt, his self-esteem plummets to the point where he wonders if ‘little Dan’ will ever work again.
Good job he has Kelly, his reliable and sympathetic colleague, to confide in. As a woman, she can perhaps shed some female light on why he’s failing so miserably with the opposite sex, balancing out the testosterone-fuelled ‘advice’ from the lads. Surely Dan can’t go wrong with Kelly teaching him the various intricacies of a woman’s mind. You’d think…
Steven Scaffardi’s first novel will have every guy laughing out loud in recognition and every girl secretly worrying – is this how men really think? A new talent to watch out for on the ‘lad-lit’ scene.
Early on the morning of her eleventh birthday, Daria Cato found an unexpected gift – an abandoned baby. Unable to leave the child unclaimed, the Cato family adopt Shelly, but the secrets of her birth continue to haunt Daria.
Twenty years later, an old friend of Daria’s, Rory Taylor, returns to his hometown – and something precarious shifts in the community. For Rory will stop at nothing to uncover the mysteries of Shelly’s birth.
As closely guarded secrets and sins begin to unravel, piece by piece the mystery of the summer’s child is about to be exposed. A mystery no one involved is prepared to face.
A chance to uncover the secrets of her past.
A truth that will change her future forever.
Praise for Diane Chamberlain
‘Fans of Jodi Picoult will delight in this finely tuned family drama, with beautifully drawn characters and a string of twists that will keep you guessing right up to the end.’ – Stylist
‘A marvellously gifted author. Every book she writes is a gem’ – Literary Times
’Essential reading for Jodi Picoult fans’ – Daily Mail
’So full of unexpected twists you’ll find yourself wanting to finish it in one sitting. Fans of Jodi Picoult’s style will love how Diane Chamberlain writes.’ – Candis
When the sukebind was in bud, the orphaned Flora Poste, expensively, athletically and lengthily educated, descended on her relatives at Cold Comfort Farm, which she rightly imagines will be awful in an interesting way. She takes it on herself to bring order into chaos.
How to turn forty:
1. Set yourself a personal challenge.
2. Clear wardrobe of all age inappropriate clothing.
How not to turn forty:
1. Have a complete meltdown . . .
High flier Matt Beckford’s sole ambition is to turn forty with his life sorted. And with a Porsche on the drive and a job that requires him to spend more time in BA’s club lounge than his own lounge, it looks like things are going in the right direction. But when Matt’s wife unexpectedly calls time on their marriage, a chain of events is set in motion that very quickly sees him facing forty broke, homeless and completely alone.
But all is not lost because Matt has a plan . . .
Wise, witty and wonderful . . . a triumph! Jenny Colgan