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    The Club How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports Joshua Robinson, Jonathan Clegg
    9781328506450 Hardcover SPORTS & RECREATION / Soccer On Sale Date:December 04, 2018 Print Run:35000
    $40.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.25 in | 580 gr | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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      The Clubis the previously untold inside story of how English soccer’s Premier League became the wildest, richest, most popular sports product on the planet.

      This is a sports and business tale of how money, ambition, and twenty-five years of drama remade an ancient institution into a twenty-first-century entertainment empire. No one knew it when their experiment began, but without any particular genius or acumen, the motley cast of billionaires and hucksters behind the modern Premier League struck gold.

      Pretty soon, everyone wanted to try their luck, from Russian oligarchs to Emirati sheikhs, American tycoons, and Asian Tiger titans. Some succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Some lost everything. Today, players are sold for tens of millions, clubs are valued in the billions, and games are beamed out to nearly two hundred countries, all while the league struggles to preserve its English soul.

      Deeply researched and drawing on one hundred exclusive interviews, including the key decision makers at every major English team,The Club is the definitive and wildly entertaining narrative of how the Premier League took over the world.
      Bio
      Joshua Robinson is the European sports correspondent forThe Wall Street Journal, and has written for theNew York Times, theWashington Post andSports Illustrated. Jonathan Clegg is a senior editor forThe Wall Street Journal. His work has also appeared in the Daily Telegraph, theIndependent (U.K.), andFourFourTwo magazine.
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        - authors are well-versed in the sports world: Joshua Robinson is the European sports correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and Jonathan Clegg is a senior editor for the Wall Street Journal
        - received rave reviews from Roger Bennett, co-host of NBC Sports' "Men in Blazers," Gabriele Marcotti, journalist at ESPN, and more
        - a great gift for the holidays
         


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      "The transformation of the English Premier League, from the muddy pitches, primitive tactics, and unglamorous pub culture of its early days to the coveted, lavish, global colossus we now know and love is a rollicking tale. Robinson and Clegg delight in every detail of that evolution from backwater to behemoth, spinning a narrative that is part Great Expectations, part Game of Thrones, in equal measure." —Roger Bennett, NBC Sports, Men in Blazers

      The Club is a richly detailed, remarkably told story of how the Premier League became the unstoppable force that it is today. Joshua and Jonathan provide unparalleled access to the people who make the league go, from the owners to the managers to the stars on the field.The Club is the definitive guide to the definitive league in sports.”–Billy Beane, Vice President for Baseball Operations, Oakland A’s

      "Clegg and Robinson are expert storytellers in unspooling the narrative of one of Britain's most successful exports, illustrating the creative tensions between owners that made it possible. The work is at once thorough but also readable and entertaining, with protagonists presented as real live characters, rather than faceless suits: a testament to their reporting and writing skills." –Gabriele Marcotti, ESPN

      “Not even thirty years ago, supporting an English soccer club meant risking life and limb to stand among brawling hordes on damp terraces, choking down a halftime cup of Bovril, and doing your best to never,ever enter the bathrooms. Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg put readers in a padded boardroom seat next to the impresarios, visionaries, and hucksters – and, later, the oligarchs, sheiks, and hedge fund tycoons – who transformed a motley collection of unprofitable clubs into the international king of all sports leagues. The Clubis an antic and definitive account of all that has been gained – and lost along the way with the improbable ascent of the Premier League – quality, money, power, money, non-vomitous toilets, money – as well as all that’s been lost.”–Ben Reiter, bestselling author ofAstroball

      "A fascinating and necessary investigation into the forces that led to the creation of the Premier League. Meticulous in its research."–Jonathan Wilson, author ofInverting the Pyramid
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    Of Blood and Bone Chronicles of The One, Book 2 Nora Roberts
    9781250122995 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date:December 04, 2018 Print Run:1000000
    $35.99 CAD 6.41 x 9.58 x 1.58 in | 650 gr | 464 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Press
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      Nora Roberts, the #1New York Times bestselling author of the epicYear One returns withOf Blood and Bone,a new tale of terror and magick in a brand new world.

      They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.

      Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.

      In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.

      Bio
      NORA ROBERTS is the #1New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Year One,Come Sundown,The Obsession, The Liar, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Maryland.
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        - 1 million print run
        - #1 NYT bestselling author
        - 18k copies of Year One sold in HC in Canada
        - Kirkus review
        - Publishers Weekly review
        - a Raincoast Superlead
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      "Roberts continues her apocalyptic Chronicles of The One with a mesmerizing follow-up that is bold and breathtaking...meeting the next generation and watching the heroine grow into her powers and leadership is enthralling." --Kirkus

      "[Of Blood and Bone] can be read on its own and will appeal to fans of fast-paced dystopian tales with a strong heroine." --Publishers Weekly

      "Roberts narrates the tale with such passion, that you visualize every sentence you read. With the ability to transcend time and space, and with shadowy figures who may represent good or evil, it makesOf Blood and Bone the perfect book to advance this trilogy." -Shelf Life

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    Still Missing & Never Knowing Two Novels in One Chevy Stevens Canada
    9781250140593 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:December 25, 2018
    $24.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0 in | 10 gr | 832 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Griffin
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      CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still lives on the island with her husband and daughter. When she's not working on her next book, she's camping and canoeing with her family in the local mountains. Her debut novel, Still Missing, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel.
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    Siege of Stone Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles, Volume III Terry Goodkind
    9781250194763 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date:December 31, 2018 Print Run:150000
    $39.99 CAD 6.48 x 9.28 x 1.79 in | 730 gr | 560 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Tor Books
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      *io9'sNew Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Need to Put On Your Radar

      Set in the world of the Sword of Truth saga, the ramifications ofNew York Timesbestseller Terry Goodkind'sShroud of Eternityextend throughout all of the Old World as familiar allies, dangerous magic, and creatures created by twisted sorcery all work at cross purposes to either save or destroy Ildakar inSiege of Stone

      The Sorceress Nicci, the Wizard Nathan Rahl, and the young swordsman Bannon remain in the legendary city of Ildakar after a great internal revolt has freed the slaves and brought down the powerful wizards council. But as he fled the city, capricious Wizard Commander Maxim dissolved the petrification spell that had turned to stone the invading army of General Utros fifteen centuries earlier. Now, hundreds of thousands of half-stone soldiers from the ancient past have awakened, led by one of the greatest enemy commanders in history.

      Nicci, Nathan, and Bannon have to help Ildakar survive this unbreakable siege, using all the magical defenses of the legendary city. Even as General Utros holds Ildakar hostage and also unleashes his incredible army on the unsuspecting Old World, an equally powerful threat arises out in the sea.

      Nicci knows the battle won’t remain in the city; if she can’t stop this threat, two invincible armies can sweep across the Old World and destroy D’Hara itself.

      The Nicci Chronicles
      1.Death's Mistress
      2.Shroud of Eternity
      3.Siege of Stone

      Bio
      TERRY GOODKIND is the author of the worldwide bestsellers making up the Sword of Truth, and the #1New York Times bestsellerThe Omen Machine. He lives in Henderson, Nevada.
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        - 150k print run
        - #1 NYT bestselling author
        - sold over 2k copies of Shroud of Eternity in HC in Canada
        - selected as one of io9's "New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Need to Put On Your Radar"
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      Praise for Terry Goodkind

      "This action-packed book will delight epic fantasy enthusiasts." —Library Journal onDeath's Mistress

      "Goodkind’s worldbuilding abilities are outdone only by his striking character development, resulting in an adventure that is remarkably impactful." —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, onDeath's Mistress

      "Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring." —Kirkus Reviews on Wizard's First Rule

      "Outstanding...Characters who actually behave like adults. Highly recommended." —San Diego Union Tributeon Temple of the Winds

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    Goddess of Yantai An Ava Lee Novel: Book 11 Ian Hamilton Canada
    9781770899506 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:December 04, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 1.2 in | 460 gr | 400 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Spiderline
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      In the latest installment of the Ava Lee novels, Ava must infiltrate the seedy world of the Chinese film industry to protect the woman she loves.

      Ava travels to Beijing for the premiere of Mao’s Daughter, the latest film starring her secret lover, Pang Fai. After the screening, a distraught Fai tells Ava that she is being blackmailed by senior officials of the China Movie Syndicate, who seek sexual favours in return for their continued support of Fai’s career and films. When Fai resists, the threats become increasingly menacing and include the release of scandalous videos of the young Fai that could end her career entirely.

      Working alongside Fai and several of her friends, Ava delves deep into the dark side of the Chinese film industry in an attempt to liberate her lover from the grasp of the Syndicate. But can Ava save Fai from her memories?

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      IAN HAMILTON is the author of fourteen novels in the Ava Lee series and three in the Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung series. His books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years who should be on your bookshelf. The Ava Lee series is being adapted for television.

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      Praise for The Goddess of Yantai

      “Told in his typical punchy and forthright style, Hamilton’s latest thriller is a rapid-fire read that leaves the reader breathless and eagerly anticipating the next installment … This is a series of books that just seems to get better and better.” — The Mind Reels

      “Ava at her most intimate and vulnerable.” — Toronto Star

      “This time, [Ava’s] crusade is personal, and so is her outrage.” — London Free Press

      “In The Goddess of Yantai … Ava’s personal and professional lives collide in a manner that shakes the usually unflappable character.” — Quill & Quire

      “I wanted to just rip through this book … If you love great writing, an intense pace, and a bit of a thrill, then [the Ava Lee novels] are perfect for you.” — Reading on the Run

      “Action packed and thrilling.” — Words of Mystery

      Praise for The King of Shanghai

      “Fast-paced suspense, exotic locales, and a rich cast of characters … make for yet another hugely entertaining hit.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      "Good fun, too, for those who like to combine crime fiction with armchair traveling.” — Booklist

      Praise for The Princeling of Nanjing

      “The reader is offered plenty of Ava in full flower as the Chinese-Canadian glamour puss who happens to be gay, whip smart, and unafraid of whatever dangers come her way.” — Toronto Star

      “Ava Lee has a new business, a new look, and, most important, a new Triad boss to appreciate her particular financial talents … We know that Ava will come up with a plan and Hamilton will come up with a twist.” — Globe and Mail

      Praise for The Imam of Tawi Tawi

      “Combines lots of action with Ava’s acute intelligence and ability to solve even the most complex problems” — Lit Hub

      Praise for the Ava Lee series and Ian Hamilton

      “Whip smart, kick-butt heroine, mixed into a perfect combination of adventure and exotic location. Can’t wait to see where Ava is off to next.” — Taylor Stevens, author of the Vanessa Michael Monroe Series

      “The only thing scarier than being ripped off for a few million bucks is being the guy who took it and having Ava Lee on your tail. If Hamilton’s kick-ass accountant has your number, it’s up.” — Linwood Barclay

      “A heck of a fun series, sharing Ian Fleming’s penchant for intrigue and affinity for the finer things in life and featuring Ava Lee — a remarkable hero, a twenty-first century James Bond with real depth beneath her tough- as-nails exterior. Five stars and first class!” — Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals

      “Ava Lee, that wily, wonderful hunter of nasty business brutes, is back in her best adventure ever … if you haven’t yet discovered Ava Lee, start here.” — Globe and Mail

      “Slick, fast-moving escapism reminiscent of Ian Fleming.” — Booklist

      “A hugely original creation.” — Irish Independent

      “Crackling with suspense, intrigue, and danger, your fingers will be smoking from turning these pages. Don’t ever, ever, mess with Ava Lee. She’s not your average accountant.” — Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans

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    Beavers Rachel Poliquin Canada, Nicholas John Frith
    9780544949874 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 8 - 12 On Sale Date:December 04, 2018 Print Run:30000
    $26.99 CAD 7 x 10 x 0.6 in | 460 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      Beavers, the first book in the new middle-grade nonfiction Superhero Field Guide series by Rachel Poliquin and award-winning illustrator Nicholas John Frith, is a delightfully informative, laugh-out-loud full-color look at the most unsuspecting of animal heroes, perfect for readers who like their facts served with a large dose of humor.

      Meet Elmer, an ordinary beaver. He may not be as mighty as a lion or as dangerous as a shark. He may be squat and brown. Butnever underestimate a beaver.
      I can almost hear you saying, “But aren’t beavers just lumpy rodents with buck teeth and funny flat tails?”
      Yes, they are! And believe it or not, those buck teeth and funny flat tails are just a few of the things that make beavers extraordinary.
      Humorous and engaging,Beaversis the first book in the new highly illustrated nonfiction Superpower Field Guide series, inspiring readers to laugh, think, and view the world around them with new eyes.
      Bio
      Rachel Poliquin has a PhD in the history of science and has written about subjects including taxidermy, heroic sled dogs, and unruly beavers. Visitrachelpoliquin.com.

      Nicholas John Frith lives and works on the coast of Dorset, England. Like Elmer, he loves the great outdoors. His superpowers include Super Snoozing! Visitnicholasjohnfrith.com.
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        - starred review from Booklist
        - Canadian author, Rachel Poliquin lives in Vancouver
        - Kirkus review
        - School Library Journal review
        - launch event at Collage Collage on December 1
        - the first book in a four book nonfiction series


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      "Eager beavers who likewise find these redoubtable rodents 'utterly gobsmackable!' will find a chewy array of print and web resources to sink their teeth into at the end."--Booklist, STARRED review

      "Well worth the purchase."--Kirkus

      "Clear and friendly."--School Library Journal

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