Tom Holt

  • Anglais Expecting Someone Taller

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 5 Novembre 2009

    'Crazy, absurd, complex and hilarious . . . His writing is in the same mould as that of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Jasper Fforde' - TheBookBag.co.uk'Wacky humour bubbles through the polished narrative . . . Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance' - SFXAll Malcolm Fisher did was run over a badger. Unfortunately the badger turned out to be Ingolf, last of the giants. With his dying breath he reluctantly gave Malcolm two gifts of power and made him ruler of the world. From one of the best-loved comic writers in fantasy fiction comes another absurdly witty title - perfect for fans of Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett.Books by Tom Holt: Walled Orchard Series
    Goatsong
    The Walled Orchard J.W. Wells & Co. Series
    The Portable Door
    In Your Dreams
    Earth, Air, Fire and Custard
    You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps
    The Better Mousetrap
    May Contain Traces of Magic
    Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages YouSpace Series
    Doughnut
    When It's A Jar
    The Outsorcerer's Apprentice
    The Good, the Bad and the Smug Novels
    Expecting Someone Taller
    Who's Afraid of Beowulf
    Flying Dutch
    Ye Gods!
    Overtime
    Here Comes the Sun
    Grailblazers
    Faust Among Equals
    Odds and Gods
    Djinn Rummy
    My Hero
    Paint your Dragon
    Open Sesame
    Wish you Were Here
    Alexander at World's End
    Only Human
    Snow White and the Seven Samurai
    Olympiad
    Valhalla
    Nothing But Blue Skies
    Falling Sideways
    Little People
    Song for Nero
    Meadowland
    Barking
    Blonde Bombshell
    The Management Style of the Supreme Beings
    An Orc on the Wild Side

  • Anglais Falling Sideways

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 4 Septembre 2008

    From the moment the first Homo Sapiens descended from the trees, possibly onto their heads, humanity has striven towards civilisation. Fire. The Wheel. Running Away from furry things with big teeth and, after a great deal of time, coming back and bravely nuking their descendants from orbit, are all testament to man's ultimate ascendancy.It is a noble story, a triumph of intelligence over adversity and, of course, completely and utterly wrong.For one man believes he has discovered the hideous truth: that every great civilisation in history has, rather embarrassingly, been founded, run and then cunningly manipulated by a small gang of devious frogs.More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk

  • Anglais Little People

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 4 Septembre 2008

    I was eight years old when I saw my first elf' And for unlikely hero Michael it wasn't his last. Michael's unfortunately (but accurately) named girlfriend Cruella, doesn't approve of his obsession with the little people, but the problem is that they won't leave him alone. And who can blame them when it is his own stepfather who is responsible for causing them so much misery? Oh yes. Daddy George knows that elves can do so much more than the gardening.
    Find out more about this and other Orbit titles at www.orbitbooks.co.uk

  • Anglais The Better Mousetrap

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 4 Septembre 2008

    It touches all our lives; our triumphs and tragedies, our proudest achievements, our most traumatic disasters. Alloyed of love and fear, death and fire and the inscrutable acts of the gods, insurance is indeed the force that binds the universe together.Hardly surprising, therefore, that Frank Carpenter, one of the foremost magical practitioners of our age, felt himself irresistibly drawn to it. Until, that is, he met Jane, a high-flying corporate heroine with an annoying habit of falling out of trees and getting killed. Repeatedly.It's not long before Frank and Jane find themselves face to face with the greatest enigma of our times: When is a door not a door? When it's a mousetrap.

  • Anglais The Portable Door

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 4 Septembre 2008

    Starting a new job is always stressful (especially when you don't particularly want one), but when Paul Carpenter arrives at the office of J. W. Wells he has no idea what trouble lies in store. Because he is about to discover that the apparently respectable establishment now paying his salary is in fact a front for a deeply sinister organisation that has a mighty peculiar agenda. It seems that half the time his bosses are away with the fairies. But they're not, of course.They're away with the goblins.Mister Tom Holt, Master of the Comic Fantasy Novel, cordially invites you to join him in his world of madness by reading his next hilarious masterpiece.

  • Anglais The Walled Orchard

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    The hero is Eupolis, weary, cynical and believing only in comedy. The heroine is Athens, at the height of her schizophrenic glory. A startling mixture of comedy and tragedy, THE WALLED ORCHARD is the poignant, charming story of their turbulent relationship.With unforgettable characters and a powerful and moving story, THE WALLED ORCHARD is a wonderful evocation of life in Ancient Greece in the fifth century BC.For information on this and other Orbit titles visit the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk

  • Anglais You Don't Have To Be Evil To Work Here, But It Helps

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    Colin Hollinghead is a young man going nowhere fast. Working for his dad might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but starting at the bottom in the widget-making industry has somehow lost its appeal. And now the business is in trouble. At least his father has a plan to turn things round - a new work force that will improve profit margins and secure the company's future for eternity. The deal looks great on paper, but they do say that the devil is in the detail - and the old rogue certainly seems to be involved in some capacity. Colin needs help. Perhaps his new friend from J.W. Wells & Co. (Practical and Effective Magicians, Sorcerers and Supernatural Consultants) can help.Sparkling with wit and oozing charm, Tom Holt's new comic caper will delight his readers and prove once and for all that going to work can actually be hell.

  • Anglais Earth, Air, Fire And Custard

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    J.W. Wells seemed to be a respectable establishment, but the company now paying Paul Carpenter's salary is in fact a deeply sinister organisation with a mighty peculiar management team.

    Paul thought he was getting the hang of it (particularly when he fell head over heels for his strangely alluring colleague Sophie), but death is never far away when you work at J.W. Wells. Unlike the stapler - that's always going awol. Our lovestruck hero is about to discover that custard is definitely in the eye of the beholder. And that it really stings.

    Tom Holt's exceedingly comic fantasies are populated with evil goblins, annoying sprites and people like us. However, it's not always possible to tell the difference.

  • Anglais Barking

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    Monsters are roaming the streets of London. Of course, some monsters are scarier than others:

    Unicorns? No bother.
    Vampires? Big deal.
    Werewolves? Ho hum.

    Lawyers? ... Aaargh!

    Duncan's boss doesn't think that he's cut out to be a lawyer. He isn't a pack animal. He lacks the killer instinct. But when his best friend from school barges his way back into Duncan's life, with a full supporting cast of lawyers, ex-wives, zombies and snow-white unicorns, it's not long before things become distinctly unsettling.
    Hairy, even.

  • Anglais Grailblazers

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    Fifteen hundred years have passed and the Holy Grail is still missing, presumed ineffable. The knights have dumped the quest and now deliver pizzas, while the sinister financial services of the lost kingdom of Atlantis threatens the universe with fiscal Armageddon.

  • Anglais Alexander At The World's End

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    When his father dies, and he is reduced at a stroke from prosperity to penury, Euxenus decides to leave Athens and seek his fortune elsewhere. As a philosopher and intellectual of some note, he has no difficulty getting a job as tutor to a young prince in the wealthy but utterly provincial court of King Philip of Macedon. The young prince is called Alexander, and the rest is history. Or is it? Alexander conquered Greece, Egypt and the Persian Empire in the course of eight years, amassing a huge army along the way, and leaving behind him the foundations of countless new cities named after him. He proclaimed himself a deity, and died at the age of 33. In ALEXANDER AT THE WORLD'S END, Tom Holt tells the story of two remarkable men, one of whom conquered empires and one of whom struggled to overcome the drainage problems of a small village. It is a story of two men whose paths crossed only briefly, but whose encounter changed both their lives for ever. And it is a story which throws an extraordinary new light on the man who became Alexander the Great.

  • Anglais Flying Dutch

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    Vanderdecken, the Flying Dutchman, did not, as is believed, make a deal with the Devil which left him cast away for centuries. The truth is different, and very confusing.

  • Anglais Ye Gods!

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    A suburban house, a child called Jason who strangles large snakes whilst still in his cot, the Olympian gods and a Girl Next Door are the ingredients of this fantasy by Tom Holt, author of Flying Dutch and Expecting Someone Taller.Being a hero bothers Jason. It's easy to get maladjusted when your mum's a suburban housewife and your dad's the Supreme Being. It can be a drag slaying fabulous monsters and retrieving golden fleeces from dragons, and then having to tidy your room before your mum'll let you watch Star Trek .

  • Anglais Here Comes The Sun

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    All is not well with the universe - cutbacks have taken their toll, and the sun is dirty and late, thanks to being 30 billion miles overdue on its next service. None of the committees can agree on anything, and extreme measures seem called for.

  • Anglais Overtime

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    Guy is a Mosquito pilot in World War II. He is surprised when his dead co-pilot apparently starts speaking to him as they are flying over Northern France. And before you can say Bomber Harris , Guy finds himself caught up in time and travel, a search for Richard the Lionheart and a damsel.

  • Anglais My Hero

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    This is the story of Jane, who finds the novel she is working on starts to write back. She's already realized novel writing isn't such a piece of cake after all, and the world of fiction is a far more complicated place than she ever imagined.

  • Anglais Paint Your Dragon

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    One moment Bianca's sculpture of St George is lacking just the final touches, the next, it's lacking a dragon. This is only the first step in a fight between good and evil, involving some heavyweight gamblers, a time entrepreneur, a dragon, St George, and some hideous but endearing demons.

  • Anglais Blonde Bombshell

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 6 Mai 2010

    A heart-warming tale of Armageddon from one of the funniest, most original voices in comic fiction today . . .The third planet out from the star was blue, with green splodges. Dirt.Oh, the bomb thought. And then its courage, determination and nobility-of-spirit subroutines cut in, overriding everything else, adrenalizing its command functions and bypassing its cyberphrenetic nodes. Here goes, said the bomb to itself. Calibrate navigational pod. Engage primary thrusters. Ready auxiliary drive. It knew, in that moment, that its own doom was near; because it was giving itself orders, and it wasn't putting in any 'the's. That was what you did, apparently, when the moment came. You could also turn on a flashing red beacon and a siren, but mercifully these were optional.Oh #/$+! thought the bomb, and surged on towards Dirt like an avenging angel.

  • Anglais Only Human

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 1 Octobre 2009

    Something is about to go wrong. Very wrong. What do you expect if the Supreme Being decides to get away from it all for a few days, leaving his naturally inquisitive son to look after the cosmic balance of things?A minor hiccup with a human soul and a welding machine soon leads to a violent belch, and before you know it the human condition - not to mention the lemming condition - is tumbling down the slippery slope to chaos.

  • Anglais Snow White And The Seven Samurai

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 5 Novembre 2009

    Once upon a time (or last Thursday, as it's known in this matrix) everything was fine: Humpty Dumpty sat on his wall, Jack and Jill went about their lawful business, the Big Bad Wolf did what big bad wolves do, and the wicked queen plotted murder most foul.But the humans hacked, cried havoc, shut down the wicked queen's system (mirrors 3.1) and corrupted her database - and suddenly everything was not fine at all. But at least we know that they'll all live happily ever after. Don't we?Computers and fairy tales collide to hilarious effect in the latest sparkling cocktail of mayhem, wit and wonder from the master of comic fantasy.More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit web-site at www.orbitbooks.co.uk

  • Anglais Open Sesame

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 5 Novembre 2009

    There was something wrong! Just as the boiling water was about to be poured on his head and the man with the red book appeared and his life flashed before his eyes, Akram the Terrible, the most feared thief in Baghdad, knew this had happened before. Many times. And he was damned if he was going to let it happen again. Just because he was a character in a story didn't mean that it always had to end this way. Meanwhile, back in Southampton, it's a bit of a shock for Michelle when she puts on her Aunt Fatima's ring and the computer and the telephone start to bitch at her for past misdemeanors. But that's nothing compared to the story that her kitchen appliances have to tell her.

  • Anglais Wish You Were Here

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 5 Novembre 2009

    Welcome to your Heart's Desire. It was a busy day on Lake Chicopee. But it was an eclectic bunch of sightseers and tourists that had the strange local residents rubbing their hands with delight. There was Calvin Dieb, the lawyer setting up the property deal, who'd lost his car keys; there was Linda Lochuck, the tabloid journalist who could smell that big, sensational story; there was dumpy Janice DeWecoe, who was just on a walking holiday but who longed for love. But, most promising of all, there was Wesley Higgins, the young man from Birmingham, England, who was there because he knew about the legend of the ghost of Okeewana and what she promised. Just immerse yourself in the waters of the lake and receive your heart's desire. The only drawback was that it was Okeewana who decided just what that was . . .
    And it isn't always what you have in mind. Ask the ghost of Talks with Squirrels, the Indian brave who still dwells hereabouts. Or those very polite Vikings whose boat keeps on sinking.

  • Anglais Olympiad

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 5 Novembre 2009

    Two thousand, seven hundred and seventy-six years ago a group of men ran between two piles of stones, and invented sport. If, that is, its history can be believed.The first ever Olympic Games in 776BC were apparently so memorable that all Western chronology is based on them. All we know about them is the name of the man who won the race. Over two and a half millennia later, it's about time somebody told the story.OLYMPIAD is an enthralling and beguiling historical novel full of adventure and misadventure. It will confirm Tom Holt's place as an innovative, challenging and wonderfully entertaining writer of historical fiction. Essential reading for all fans of Tom Holt and historical fiction.

  • Anglais Nothing But Blue Skies

    Tom Holt

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 5 Novembre 2009

    There are very many reasons why British summers are either non-existent or, alternatively, held on a Thursday. Many of these reasons are either scientific, dull, or both - but all of them are wrong, especially the scientific ones.The real reason why it rains perpetually from January 1st to December 31st (incl.) is, of course, irritable Chinese Water Dragons. Karen is one such legendary creature. Ancient, noble, near-indestructible and, for a number of wildly improbable reasons, working as an estate-agent, Karen is irritable quite a lot of the time. Hence Wimbledon. But now things have changed and Karen's no longer irritable. She's FURIOUS.More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk

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