208: Signed copies of Humphrey Hawksley’s international thrillers

ITEM: Signed copies of international thrillers by author and journalist Humphrey Hawksley.


Red Spirit, Absolute Measures, Ceremony of Innocence, Security Breach by Humphrey Hawksley


In early 1989, Soviet communism is about to collapse. In China civil war is brewing, and a secret is about to be uncovered that could change the course of history.

Red Spirit is the haunting story of what lies beneath China’s modern face. As the eyes of the world was on China in 2008 for the Beijing Olympics, so they were also watching in 1989 when troops massacred students around Tiananmen Square. But little known to anyone, an extradordinary was battle was going on around the city of Xian, home to the famous Terracotta Warriors that protect the tomb of China’s first emporer Qin Shi Huang. Dr Sally Parsons, a brilliant, but stubborn archeologist, has a dream to excavate the tomb. It’s thought that no one has ever seen the lavish decodrills through the mound, she sees something that puts her life in extreme danger – and is about to create a nightmare for millions.

On a February evening in northern Africa, Samira and Yasin Omer watch their parents die in the cross-fire of a hostage-rescue. Samira is vivacious and sociable. Yasin is a brilliant student and a thinker. They are twins, left with no family except each other. Absolute Measures, chilling in its predictions of the upheavals sweeping the developing world, tracks the psychological complexity of the brilliant young student, Yasin. He sets out to become an international banker. He ends up planning a devastating attack on London – and the only one who can stop him is the only person he loves, his sister.

Brilliant physician, Sally McKillop has vanished with her two children. Their father will not rest until he finds them. But have they been kidnapped? Or have they gone voluntarily? And what will he find inside the world’s most enduring and secretive dictatorship?

Ceremony of Innocence probes deep into the dark ambitions of 21st Century China. Through the character of Hong Kong policeman, Mike McKillop, it explores China’s corrupt underbelly and tells the story of a vulnerable, desperate man in search of his wife and children.

SECURITY BREACH (First published as The History Book)
A complex, intelligent, skillfully turned adventure story that will keep the reader spellbound, and propel Mr. Hawksley directly into the front-rank of his craft – Simon Winchester

A solid, believable political thriller – Kansas City Star

Full of surprises… its political implications are worth pondering… Hawksley is a skilled writer – Washington Post Book World

A whirlwind thriller – Publishers Weekly

Exciting… Combines the elements of 1984, intrigue of the Cold War, power politics, technological and communications science fiction, and terrorism – Midwest Book Review

Will whistle past your ears like the biggest drop in the biggest roller-coaster ride… This thriller is such a good read partly because of its very smart, sophisticated international espionage plot, but even more because of its terrific heroine. – Sullivan County Democrat (NY)

Humphrey HawksleyBIO: Humphrey Hawksley’s face and voice are known to millions through his books and broadcasts. His work as a BBC foreign correspondent has taken him all over the world, and since Nine Eleven he has been reporting extensively on Islamic terror and intelligence issues from the United States, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. Earlier, he was expelled from Sri Lanka for his uncompromising coverage on the Tamil separatist war, reported from the Philippines for NPR and opened the BBC’s first television bureau in China. He has been a contributor to ABC, CBS. NBC, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune and Yale Global online magazine. He divides his time between reporting assignments, London and Suffolk on Britain’s east coast, where he was born and raised, and is the wild and desolate setting for much Security Breach.

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.


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  2. £5 each for Red Spirit, Ceremony of Innocence and Absolute Measures.

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