Inquisitor Glokta, a cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. Cutting treason out of the heart of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendships - and his trail of corpses could lead him straight to the rotten heart of the government.
Ahlberg, Allen. The Bucket.
London by his new mother and taken back to Oldbury in the Black Country. Now one of the most successful children's book writers in the world, in The Bucket he describes an oddly enchanted childhood lived out in an industrial town during the 1940s, in conditions which today we might describe as 'deprived'. He writes of a father in overalls smelling of wood shavings and oil, of a tough and fiercely protective mother who cries when he discovers that he is adopted, of life assurance policies ('6 if the child dies under age 3') and fearsome bacon slicers, of half-remembered trips to his mother's sister's grave and to the bluebell woods.
Albom, Mitch. The First Phone Call From Heaven.
'The First Phone Call from Heaven' tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out.
Allen, Louise. From Ruin to Riches.
Ruined and on the run, Julia Prior is in desperate straits when she meets a gentleman with a shocking proposal. Certain he is close to death, William Hadfield, Lord Dereham, believes Julia to be the perfect woman to care for his beloved estate when he is gone - if she will first become his wife. Marriage is Julia's salvation, as Lady Dereham she can finally escape her sins. Until three years later, when the husband she believes is dead returns as handsome and strong as ever and intent on claiming the wedding night they never had!
Archer, Jeffery. Be Careful What You Wish For.
Clifton chronicles ; book 4.
'Be Careful What You Wish For' opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno? When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham. Back in London, Harry and Emma's adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica's future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick.
Baker Jo. Longbourn.
It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah's hands are chapped and bleeding. Domestic life below stairs, ruled tenderly and forcefully by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman smelling of the sea, and bearing secrets. For in Georgian England, there is a world the young ladies in the drawing room will never know, a world of poverty, love, and brutal war.
Baker, Margaret. Her Miracle Twins.
Dr Chantal Winstone longs to become a mother - but she never imagined her gorgeous, aloof boss Dr Michel Devine as the father! When he coolly proposes that they have a baby together Chantal is shocked - maybe his emotions really did die with his beloved wife...Yet the chemistry between them is undeniable, and after only one unexpected passionate night Chantal finds herself pregnant with twins! Can the miracle of giving life to two tiny babies heal their damaged hearts?
Banks, Tom. The Great Galloon.
Great Gallon ; book 1.
The Great Galloon is an enormous airship, built by Captain Meredith Anstruther and manned by his crew, who might seem like a bit of a motley bunch but who are able to fight off invading marauders whilst drinking tea and sweeping floors! Captain Anstruther is preparing to marry the beautiful Lady Isabella, but disaster strikes when his evil younger brother comes aboard for the wedding and steals Isabella away onto his underwater Sumbaroon. Stanley, a clever boy with a small horn, and Rasmussen, a reluctant countess-to-be, are busy waiting for an adventure to begin. Instead they have to fight off BeheMoths, avoid enormous Seagles, encounter the terrifying (but nice really) Brunt and save the Galloon from sinking. How will they ever find the Captain's bride when nothing's happening?
Children's stories. |Adventure.
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Beckett, Simon. Whispers of the Dead.
David Hunter ; book 3.
In America to escape the violence that nearly killed him, forensics expert David Hunter has returned to the Body Farm in Tennessee. He needs to know whether he's still up to the job of confronting death in all its strange and terrible forms. So when his former mentor asks David to accompany him to a crime scene, he agrees. But even he is unprepared for what awaits him in the remote cabin. The victim has been tortured, and the body has decomposed beyond recognition. Then a second body is found. As the death toll rises, he is pushed deeper into the heart of a desperate manhunt. But has he met his match?
Binebine, Mahi. Horses of God.
On the outskirts of Casablanca, next to the dump, is the shantytown of Sidi Moumen, where Yachine and his ten brothers grew up in the aimless chaos of drugs, violence, unemployment, and despair. They played football amongst the rocks, detritus, and buried skeletons of the dump but they dreamed of becoming the best football players of all time. Then their dreams changed. Yachine's older brother Hamid started growing a beard and attending religious meetings with Sheikh Abou Zoubeir. Week after week, the sheikh beguiled them into believing that there was a better world in the afterlife, where their faith in Allah would be rewarded. They needed only to choose between dying gloriously and together, or living disgracefully and alone.
Blake, Fanny. The Secrets Women Keep.
Rose is waiting for her friends and family to arrive at their villa in Pisa when a casual glance at her husband's phone tips her world upside down. The text reads simply: 'Miss you. Love you. Come back soon.' Shaking, she does her best to sound normal when her husband breezes in moments later. Daniel has always been popular with women, she knows that. But now it seems that something has changed within their marriage. As their friends and family gather for a summer break, Rose's faith in Daniel is shaken. How well does she really know him?
Blume, Judy. Forever.
Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year's Eve party. They're attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they've decided their love is forever, they make love. It's the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine's parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart.
Young adult fiction. |Romance.
Booth, Stephen. One Last Breath.
Ben Cooper and Diane Fry ; book 5.
The vast labyrinth of caverns, passages and subterranean rivers beneath the Peak District are a major tourist attraction. But this summer not all the darkness is underground, and not all the devils are folk legends. Mingling with the holidaymakers is a convicted killer, bent on revenge. Fourteen years ago Mansell Quinn was sentenced to life imprisonment for stabbing his lover to death. Now he's out and within a matter of hours his ex-wife is found dead -- a new identity and a new home no safeguard against murder. Looking to the original case files for clues to the fugitive's wherabouts, detectives Diane Fry and Ben Cooper discover there may be other potential victims out there. And as the son of the officer responsible for putting Quinn behind bars, Ben realizes that his own name could be high on the list.
Courtney, Bryce. Tommo and Hawk.
Australian Trilogy: Book 2
Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of fifteen in Hobart. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood.
Delaney, Joseph. The Spook's Battle.
The Wardstone chronicles; book 4.
In Pendle, the covens are rising and the three most powerful witch clans are rumoured to be uniting in order to conjure an unimaginable evil. Together, they will be capable of raising the dark made flesh - the Devil himself. Tom and the Spook will need to set off for Pendle quickly to avert the unthinkable but first Tom must journey home. Could it be that the boxes will reveal more about his mother's past? And will these powerful secrets place Tom's family in ever greater danger?
When her mother, Helen, runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with a black sailor who promises to marry her before he heads for the seas, leaving her pregnant and alone. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels. A Taste of Honey offers an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world. This depiction of harsh, working-class life in post-war Salford is shot through with love and humour. The play was first presented by Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal Stratford, London, on 27 May 1958.
Diamand, Emily. Ways to See a Ghost.
Isis, the daughter of a charlatan psychic, can see ghosts - including that of her dead little sister, Angel. Gray is the son of a UFO-chasing conspiracy theorist. The two teenagers are forced together when their parents start dating. After a reluctant start, a friendship develops, and Isis confesses her secret ability. But when Isis's mum is inducted into an elite psychic society run by charismatic Philip Syndal, Isis and Gray find themselves in grave danger, and Isis is forced to use her ability to save them both.
Children's stories. |Ghost stories.
Dobbs, Michael. A Ghost at the Door.
Harry Jones ; 6.
"Tell me about your father." Five short, razor-edged words that rip the world of Harry Jones to pieces. He barely knew his father Johnnie and hated what little he did know, yet no man is able to escape the shadows of the past. Harry has already lost almost everything - his seat in parliament, his reputation, his fortune. There is little left apart from his love for the headstrong Jemma, and now he must risk losing her and even his own life to uncover the truth about his dead father. What starts as a gentle enquiry uncovers a trail of murder and guilt-ridden love that dates back to Johnnie's student days.
Donaldson, Stephen. The Last Dark.
The last chronicles of Thomas Covenant ; book 4.
Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as 'the Land'. Now they face their final crisis. Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power - and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World's End from unmaking Time. Nevertheless they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world's continuance.
Downham, Jenny. Before I die.
Tessa has just a few months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, and drugs with horrible side-effects, Tessa compiles a list of things to do before she dies. And number one is sex. Released from the constraints of 'normal' life, Tessa wants new experiences to make her feel alive while her body fails.
Young adult fiction. |General fiction.
Drabble, Margaret. The Pure Gold Baby.
Anna is a child of special, unknowable qualities. She is happy, always willing to smile at the world around her, but she also presents profound challenges. For her mother Jess, still in her early 20s, her arrival will prove life-transforming. Over the course of decades, in ways large and small, Anna will affect the lives and loves of those around her. While Anna herself will remain largely unaltered by the passing years, she will live through a period of dramatic change, her journey illuminating our shifting attitudes towards motherhood, responsibility and the way we care for one another.
Ferris, Joshua. To rise again at a decent hour.
Paul O'Rourke, 40-year-old slightly curmudgeonly dentist, runs a thriving practice in New York. Yet he is discovering he needs more in his life than a steady income and the perfect mochaccino. But what? As Paul tries to work out the meaning of life, a Facebook page and Twitter account appear in his name. What's at first an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something more frightening: the possibility that the online 'Paul' might be a better version of the man in the flesh. Who is doing this and will it cost Paul his sanity?
Flanagan, Richard. The narrow road to the deep north.
Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Richard Flanagan's epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man's reckoning with the truth.
Flemming, Kathleen. Thirty-Five Acres, a Spade and a Fork.
Kathleen Fleming, a Londoner by birth, married an Irish orphan, Sean brought up by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity in Stillorgan, which is now a suburb of Dublin. When he was fourteen, Sean was sent to work in Offley on a farm owned by Mrs White, who needed transporting to St Joseph's monastery in Tipperary every Sunday. The monks there realised that a lad of fourteen still needed a father figure and the monk in charge of the dairy took him under his wing. This was the leading dairy in Southern Ireland at the time and where the seeds were sown for Sean's dream to have his own farm. The book is about the Flemings as they struggle to start farming in the fifties with no capital.
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Flynn, Gillian. Dark Places.
Libby Day was just seven years old when her brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Ever since then she has been drifting, but now the money is running out. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept, unaware that the infamous Kill Club's members believe her brother was innocent.
Foreman, Anthony H. In at the deep end.
Anthony Foreman is a retired Catholic Priest. In his memoirs, In at the deep end, he traces his upbringing in the Suffolk Village of Lidgate, his schooling by the Dominican Sisters and Fathers, his training for the priesthood at Oscott College and his eleven years as curate in Cambridge and Norwich.
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Fowler, Karen Joy. We are all completely beside ourselves.
Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. So now she's telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it's a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.
Fraser, Christine Marion. Green Are My Mountains.
Trilogy; book 3.
In Green are my mountains, Christine Marion Fraser continues her story which began in "Blue above the chimneys" and "Roses round the door". With warmth and good humour, she relates the problems encountered in her house in Argyllshire, her work as a successful author, and her responsibilities as a wife and mother. She also looks back to her time in the Govan tenements in Glasgow, where as a child in the 1950s she contracted a rare muscular disease which confined her permanently to a wheelchair but never diminished her spirit.
Autobiography: Country Life
George, Elizabeth. Careless in Red.
Inspector Lynley series ; book 15.
It is barely three months since the murder of his wife & Thomas Lynley takes to the South-West Coast Path, determined to walk its length in an attempt to distract himself from his loss. On the 43rd day of this walk, he sees a cliff climber fall to his death - a death apparently witnessed by a surfer in a nearby cove. The case brings Barabara Havers from London and thrusts both detectives into the rugged beauty of out-of-season Cornwall, with its community of surfers and hoteliers. But the wild landscape is a scene of jealousy, betrayal and revenge and Lynley and Havers must sift through these emotions in their search for the killer.
Grant, Sara. Flying high.
Magic Trix ; book 2.
Trix can't wait to learn how to fly - maybe this will turn her into a real witch! But it isn't as easy as it looks. As she and her magic kitten, Jinx, grapple with broomsticks and try to help their friend while outwitting mean girl, Stella, Trix finds her whole world turned upside down - literally!
Children's stories. |Fantasy.
Groves, Annie. Where the Heart is.
Campion family ; book 4.
The changes the war has brought are affecting everybody, not least the Campion family. Luke, son of the household and battle-scarred veteran of Dunkirk, is away fighting, while twins Lou and Sasha grow further apart. The Campions, along with the rest of the nation, must face their fears and endure their darkest hour.
Hamilton, Christina. The cat name book .
An illustrated A-Z history of famous cat lovers and the names of their cats. From Cleopatra's CHARMAIN to Beyonc's MASTER P; from John Lennon's TICH & Thomas Hardy's KIDDLEYWINKEMPOOPS to Harry Styles' DUSTY & Andy Warhol's 25 cats named SAM - this book is full of fascinating cat names and cat facts about cat lovers through history. Not sure what to call your cat? Select a name from the Index and see which famous person chose it for their own cat.
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Hearne, Kevin. Trapped.
The iron druid chronicles ; book 5.
After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O'Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he's still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.
Hearne, Kevin. Hunted.
The iron druid chronicles ; book 6.
For a 2000-year-old Druid, Atticus O'Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he's being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is - run like hell.
Hearne, Kevin. Tricked.
The iron druid chronicles ; book 4.
Druid Atticus O'Sullivan hasn't stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they've chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.
Heller, Mandasue. Broke.
Amy's marriage to Mark isn't the best. But she doesn't want to know just how bad things are until his gambling habit brings the debt collector to her door. And Amy's troubles are only beginning. Someone else wants Mark for herself, and she is ready to steal Amy's man, her self-respect and even her children. As the stakes rise, Amy will either lose everything, or she will have to learn how to be as hard and ruthless as her enemies.
Higgins, Jack. The Judas Gate.
Sean Dillon ; book 18.
A disturbing tape has made its way to British intelligence. It contains battlefield chatter from an ambush in Afghanistan, in which 12 U.S. Army Rangers and a British medical team died. Most of the Taliban voices are Afghan, but the voice of the commander bears an Irish accent. Sean Dillon is put in charge of hunting the traitor down.
Hodgson, Antonia. The Devil in the Marshalsea.
Tom Hawkins ; book 1.
London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into a hell of a debtor's prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's ruthless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom Hawkins has never been good at following rules - even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, as brought further terror to the gaol.
Hollywood, Paul. Paul Hollywood's pies & puds.
The son of a butcher, Paul Hollywood has shot to fame with his role as a judge on 'The Great British Bake Off'. This book features his best recipes for pies and puds. Paul Hollywood puts his signature twist on the traditional classics, with easy-to-follow, foolproof and tantalising recipes for meat and potato pie, pork, apple and cider pie, lamb kidney and rosemary suet pudding, sausage plait and luxury fish pie. He will show you how to create inventive dishes such as chicken and chorizo empanadas, chilli beef cornbread pies and savoury choux buns. If that isn't enough, here you will find his recipe for the Queen of puddings, as well as spiced plum pizza, chocolate volcanoes and apple and Wensleydale pie.
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Hope, Maggie. Molly's War.
When Molly Mason's father dies in a pit accident, she is left penniless and alone. The only source of light in her world is her brother, Harry, and his best friend Jackson. But with both boys away in the army, Molly is left to find her own way in the world. She finds work in a local factory and cheap lodgings. However, when Molly rejects her new landlord's advances, his revenge is swift: she finds herself accused of theft and thrown in prison.
Jacobson, Howard. J.
Two people fall in love in a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited. As they discover where they came from and where they are going, a bigger, more shattering truth is revealed to them. Kevern doesn't know why his father made him put two fingers across his lips whenever he began a word with a J. It wasn't then, and isn't now, the time or place for asking questions. Ailinn, too, has grown up in the dark about who she was and where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn't ask who hurt her. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren't sure whether they have fallen in love of their own accord or whether they've been pushed into each other's arms. But who would have pushed them, and why?
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James, Lawrence. Churchill and Empire.
As a young army officer in the late 19th century, Winston Churchill's first experience of the Empire was serving in conflicts in India, South Africa and the Sudan. Conscious even then of his political career ahead, Churchill's natural benevolence towards the Empire was occasionally overruled for political reasons, and he found himself reluctantly supporting - or at least not publicly condemning - British atrocities. As a politician he consistently relied on the Empire for support during crises, but was angered by any demands for nationalisation. This outmoded attitude was one of the reasons the British voters rejected him after a Second World War in which - it was universally felt - he had led the country brilliantly. However, Churchill foresaw the problems of the Cold War immediately, believing that immature nations prematurely given independence would be more likely to be sucked into the vortex of Communism.
Jones, Gareth P. The Society of Thirteen.
London, 1891. When orphans Esther and Tom are caught stealing by Lord Ringmore, little do they realise the peril they are in. Rather than hand them over to the police, the lord employs the children. But what does he really want with them? He has in his possession a book that contains the secret of true magic, but he cannot unlock its meaning alone. Only Tom and Esther can help him unravel its terrible and dangerous secrets.
Children's stories. |Fantasy.
King, Stephen. Just After Sunset.
What would you do if your everyday world were turned upside down in an instant? In this collection of twist-in-the-tale stories of suspense you can feel the everyday become the unexpected. Read about the acts of kindness from strangers, such as the workmen who intervene in the excessive exercise regime of a middle-aged artist in Stationary Bike. A mute hitchhiker helps a driver get over his wife's affair. Then there are tales of obsession, such as the Gingerbread Girl who runs and runs to ease her pain. Unexpected events can turn the world around as happens to David and Willa who are derailed on a train and find themselves seeking the bright lights of a nearby town and playing the jukebox for eternity.
Lewis, Susan. Never Say Goodbye.
How would you cope with the threat of losing someone you love? Josie Clarke is a loving wife and mother. She and her husband Jeff don't have much and it's often difficult to make ends meet. But Josie will do anything to protect her family and keep them safe. Bel Monkton is a successful property developer, living in a beautiful house by the sea. She seems to have everything going for her, but she's lonely. And she's let the shadows from her past cloud her future. Josie's life couldn't be more different to Bel's. But three years ago, tragedy tore Bel's life in two. Now it's happening to Josie. And faced with uncertainty and heartbreak, they come to treasure their growing friendship.
Lucas, Jennie. The Sheikh's Last Seduction.
When Sheikh Sharif offers Irene Taylor more money than she has ever made before to be chaperon to his sister she can't refuse, finally she can safeguard her family. Irene might be innocent, but she knows the trail of destruction playboys like Sharif leave behind and will resist his skilled seduction. Sharif excels at everything he does, especially in the bedroom. His engagement hasn't yet been announced and he'll enjoy his freedom until then. But sometimes even the plans of a sheikh go awry.
MacKay, Sue. From Duty to Daddy.
Army medic Marshall Hunter has never been able to get beautiful Charlie Lang out of his head, but despite their unforgettable fling his commitment to the forces leaves no time for relationships. Two years on he's unable to pass up one last opportunity to see Charlie again! Except the little girl playing in her garden proves that she's been able to move on even if he hasn't. Only, Charlie has a life-changing surprise in store for Marshall.
Marillier, Juliet. Seer of Sevenwaters.
Sevenwaters ; book 5
The young seer Sibeal is visiting an island of elite warriors, prior to making her final pledge as a druid. There she finds Felix, a survivor of a Viking shipwreck, who's lost his memory. The scholarly Felix and Sibeal form a natural bond. As Felix fully regains his memory, Sibeal has a runic divination showing her that Felix must go on a perilous mission-and that she will join him. The rough waters and the sea creatures they will face are no match for Sibeal's own inner turmoil. She must choose between the two things that tug at her soul - her spirituality and a chance at love.
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Martin, George R.R. A Feast for Crows.
A song of ice and fire ; book 2
Bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning, the Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne in the name of the boy-king Tommen. But fear and deceit are in the air: their enemies are poised to strike. The Martells of Dorne seek vengeance for their dead, and the heir of King Balon of the Iron Isles is as black a pirate as ever raised a sail.
Mina, Denise. The End of the Wasp Season.
Alex Morrow ; book 2
When millionaire banker Lars Anderson hangs himself from the oak tree in front of his Kent mansion his death attracts no sympathy. One less shark is little loss to a world nursing a financial hangover. But the legacy of a lifetime of self-serving is widespread, the carnage most acute among his family.
Mukherjee, Neel. The lives of others.
Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in student unrest, agitation, extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is this note. The ageing patriarch and matriarch of his family, the Ghoshes, preside over their large household, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting.
Ness, Patrick. More Than This.
A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. How is that possible? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust and completely abandoned. What's going on?
Young adult fiction. |General fiction.
Nicholson, Virginia. Millions Like Us.
Virginia Nicholson tells the story of the women's war, through a host of individual women's experiences. She tells how they loved, suffered, laughed, grieved and dared; how they re-made their world in peacetime. And how they would never be the same again.
Northup, Soloman. 12 Years A Slave.
Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation, during this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. Against all odds, Northup eventually succeeds in contacting a sympathetic party and manages to get word to his family. The ensuing rescue and legal cases are no less shocking and intriguing than the rest of the tale. Northup's account also provides a rare insight into a murky past being meticulous first-hand recordings of slave life.
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Patterson, J, and Sullivan, M. Private Games.
Private ; book 3.
July 2012. The Games have arrived in London and the stage is set for one of the greatest ever showcases of sporting excellence. When Sir Denton Marshall, a key member of the London Olympic organising committee, is found brutally murdered, Peter Knight, head of Private London, is called to the scene. Private are working with the organising committee on security for the Games, so Denton Marshall was a valuable client. But there is a more personal link: Denton was also the fiancé of Knight's mother. It soon becomes clear that this is no isolated incident. The killer is targeting the Games itself, and the lives of everyone involved are under threat.
Picoult, Jodi. Sing You Home.
Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and just when she's about to get her heart's desire, tragedy destroys her world. In the aftermath of loss and divorce, she throws herself into her career as a music therapist. Working with Vanessa, she finds their relationship moving from business, to friendship, and then - to Zoe's surprise - blossoming into love. When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of children again, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that she and her husband never used. But Max, having sought peace at the bottom of a bottle, has found redemption in an evangelical church, and Zoe needs his permission to take his unborn child.
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Porter, Linda. Crown of Thistles.
The struggle between the fecund Stewarts and the barren Tudors is generally seen only in terms of the relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. But little has been said about the background to their intense rivalry. Here, Linda Porter examines the ancient and intractable power struggle between England and Scotland. Crown of Thistles is the story of a divided family, of flamboyant kings and queens, cultured courts and tribal hatred, rape and sexual licence on a breath-taking scale, blood feuds and violent deaths.
Rednapp, Harry. Always Managing.
Harry Redknapp is without doubt one of the most charismatic, well-respected managers in the Premiership admired by home and rival supporters alike. His has been a rollercoaster career full of colour, incident and controversy. Wherever he has been, Redknapp has worked his magic. Straight-talking and candid, this is the remarkable story of a remarkable manager.
Autobiography: Sport: Football
Renault, Mary. The Charioteer.
After enduring an injury at Dunkirk during World War II, Laurie Odell is sent to a rural veterans' hospital in England to convalesce. There he befriends the young, bright Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly. Soon their friendship blooms into a discreet, chaste romance.
Robinson, Peter. Friend of the Devil.
Inspector Banks ; book 17
When Karen Drew is found sitting in her wheelchair staring out to sea with her throat cut, DI Annie Cabbot gets lumbered with the case. Back in Eastvale, that same morning, 19-year-old Hayley Daniels is found raped and strangled in the Maze, a tangle of narrow alleys, and DCI Alan Banks is called in.
Romero, George A. Dawn of the Dead.
The world is being devastated by zombies. No one knows how far they have spread, or how to stop them. Society has collapsed. But four people escape the chaos of Philadelphia City, finding refuge in a shopping mall. And so they watch the undead scrape at the doors and they wait.
Russell, Leigh. Cold Sacrifice.
DS Ian Peterson ; book 1
When three dead bodies are discovered in quick succession on his home patch in Kent, DI Ian Peterson becomes too embroiled in a complex murder investigation to worry about his forthcoming promotion or the state of his marriage.
Ryan, Donal. The Spinning Heart.
In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds. 'The Spinning Heart' speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry, vulnerable, all-too human, it captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts of a generation.
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Seaton, Sarah. The Derby Book of Days.
Taking you through the year day by day, 'The Derby Book of Days' contains quirky, eccentric, shocking, amusing and important events and facts from different periods in the history of the city. Featuring hundreds of snippets of information gleaned from the vaults of Derby's archives and covering the social, criminal, political, religious, agricultural, industrial and sporting history of the region, it will inform residents and visitors alike.
In 1979 Jack Sheffield returns for his third year as headmaster of the village school. Jack and his staff struggle to keep a semblance of normality throughout the turbulence of the school terms, as once again the official school log fails to record what is really going on beneath the seemingly quiet routine.
Sidebotham, Harry. King of Kings.
Warrior of Rome ; book 2.
AD256 - a battle-bloodied Ballista returns to the Roman imperial court at Antioch from the now ravaged city of Arete. There he discovers men who would rather see him dead than alive. Even his courage and loyalty to Rome and the emperor are not above suspicion.
Smith, Ali. How to be both.
This is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths, and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.
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Smith, Jim. I am Nit a Loser.
Barry is auditioning to be in an advert for nit shampoo. But when it all goes horribly wrong, Barry has a change of heart. It's time to stand up for all insects and give a bug a hug!
Suchet, David. Poirot and Me.
Hercule Poirot, with his distinctive moustache and fastidious ways, is one of Agatha Christie's finest creations and one of the world's best-loved detectives. Through his television performance in ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot , David Suchet has become inextricably linked with the 'little Belgian', a man whom he has grown to love dearly through an intimate relationship lasting more than twenty years. In Poirot and Me , he shares his many memories of creating this iconic television series and reflects on what the detective has meant to him over the years.
Autobiography: Film & Television
Thynne, Jane. The Winter Garden.
Clara Vine is deeply entrenched in the secret services in pre-war Berlin. Trusted for her good work and quick thinking she is asked to go deeper undercover. She finds herself in a Nazi Bride School, where innocent young German women are schooled on the art of being a wife - and their future husbands are none other than the top ranking officials of the Nazi Party. With danger on every corner, it will take everything Clara has to survive.
Trollope, Joanna. Balancing Act.
Susie Moran is a success. She has founded and run her own highly profitable company, and now her three daughters are all involved in the business. But what of the men in the family? Susie's husband, a musician and artist, has always seemed happy to take a back seat. One of her sons-in-law has few ambitions outside the home. Another daughter, though, has brought her husband into the company - and they want to change things, much to Susie's distress. And then, into the mix arrives Susie's father, an ageing hippy who abandoned Susie as a baby. Now he's alone, and wants to build bridges, although Susie's daughters are outraged at the idea.
Walker, Fiona. The Summer Wedding.
The hotly anticipated wedding of Iris Devonshire, ravishing teenage daughter of celebrity couple Mia and Leo, is to be held in the gardens of their grand Palladian pile alongside the Thames. But Mia and Leo worry that she's rushing into the marriage.
Walsh, Mikey. Gypsy Boy On The Run.
Gypsy boy ; book 2
This story picks up from where 'Gypsy Boy' left off, and tells the story of Mikey's battle to escape the Romany gypsy camp he grew up on. Torn between his family and his heart, Mikey struggles to come to terms with his ancient inheritance and dreams of finding a place where he can really belong.
Waters, Sarah. The paying guests.
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class', the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.
Weiss, Helga. Helga's Diary.
In 1941, aged twelve, Helga Weiss, her mother and father were forced to say goodbye to their home, their relatives and all they knew, and were interned in the Nazi concentration camp of Terezin. For the next three years, Helga documented her experiences there, and those of her friends and family, in a diary. Then they were sent to Auschwitz, and the diary was left behind, hidden in a wall. Helga survived the Holocaust, managed to retrieve her diary and complete the journal of her experiences.
Wilkerson, Isabel. The warmth of other suns.
A chronicle of one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. Isabel Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work.
History: North America
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Williams, Gareth F. Y tãy ger y traeth.
Nofel grefftus am wrthdaro a'r bwlch rhwng y cenedlaethau. Mae gan Sara broblemau emosiynol ac mae'n dianc o gartref ei rhieni yng Nghaerdydd at ei thaid - hen hipi sy'n byw ger y traeth ym Morfa Bychan. Nofel gyfoes gan awdur poblogaidd a thoreithiog. [This is a novel that bridges the generations and gets under the skin of its enigmatic characters, by gripping the reader from the shocking beginning to the end as the secrets of a 17 year old girl, her parents and her grandfather are revealed bit by bit.]
Produced at: RNIB Cardiff
Williams, Niall. History of the rain.
Bedbound in her attic room beneath the falling rain, in the margin between this world and the next, Plain Ruth Swain is in search of her father. To find him, enfolded in the mystery of ancestors, Ruthie must first trace the jutting jaw lines, narrow faces and gleamy skin of the Swains from the restless Reverend Swain, her great-grandfather, to grandfather Abraham, to her father, Virgil - via pole-vaulting, leaping salmon, poetry and the 3958 books piled high beneath the two skylights in her room, beneath the rain.
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Wingfield, R.D. A Killing Frost.
Jack Frost ; book 6.
On a rainy night in Denton, Detective Inspector Jack Frost is called to the site of a macabre discovery in the woods - that of a human foot. Meanwhile a multiple rapist is on the loose, the local supermarket reports poisoned stock and a man claims to have cut his wife up into little pieces, yet can't recall where he hid them. But it is when two young girls are reported missing in quick succession that the Denton crime wave reaches terrifying heights.