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Paperback:Bad Catholics:2015
Author: Green, James, 1944-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Edinburgh: Luath, 2008 Gangs, drugs and organised crime - this novel follows corrupt cop and bad Catholic Jimmy Costello deeper and deeper into Britain's criminal underbelly.
320 pages. (pbk)
1444728342
Paperback:The burning air:2013
Author: Kelly, Erin, 1976-
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton. Of course it was love for my children, love for my son, that caused me to act as I did. It was a lapse of judgement. If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted differently, but by the time I realised the extent of the consequences, it was too late! Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton
355 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0007507674
Hardback:A knight of the seven kingdoms:2015
Author: Martin, George R. R.
Author: Gianni, Gary
Author: Martin, George R. R.
Author: Martin, George R. R.
Author: Gianni, Gary
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Resource type: Physical
Note: This volume brings together the first three official prequel novellas to George R.R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, 'A Song of Ice and Fire', set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and recall of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory. Contents: The hedge knight originally published as part of Legends. New York: Tor Books, 1998 -- The sworn sword originally published as part of Legends II. New York: Del Rey, 2004 -- The mystery knight originally published as part of Warriors. New York: Tor Books, 2010
355 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1472223969
Paperback:Special ops heroes:2014
Author: Ashcroft, Michael A.
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Special Ops Heroes' tells the extraordinary stories behind Lord Ashcroft's collection of SAS and other special forces medals - the largest of its kind in the world. The stories span some 60 years from the exploits of the newly-formed SAS early in the Second World War to the end of the 20th-century.
xvii, 330 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0552161284
Paperback:Fred Dibnah's made in Britain:2011
Author: Hall, David
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Bantam, 2010 Fred Dibnah's traction engine was a time capsule of Britain's industrial past. After he retired from steeplejacking he took to the road, looking at the achievements of the craftsmen, engineers, inventors and industrial workers whose endeavour made engines like his possible. This is a record of that journey.
416 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141185104
Paperback:Of mice and men:2000:[New ed.] ; with an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw
Author: Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968
Author: Shillinglaw, Susan
Year 2000
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New ed.] ; with an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Semi-retarded Lennie is lost without his guardian, George, who feels his slow-witted friend has been delivered into his keeping. Bound by their fragile dream of owning land where they will 'belong', their paradisial future is soon shattered. Originally published in the USA: Covici, Friede, Inc., 1937. Bibliography: p.xxvii-xxviii Secondary/GCSE
xxvii, 105p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408878631
Hardback:A thousand paper birds:2017
Author: Udall, Tor
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
Resource type: Physical
Note: After the sudden death of his wife, Audrey, Jonah sits on a bench in Kew Gardens, trying to reassemble the shattered pieces of his life. Chloe, shaven-headed and abrasive, finds solace in the origami she meticulously folds. But when she meets Jonah, her carefully constructed defences threaten to fall. Milly, a child quick to laugh, freely roams Kew, finding beauty everywhere she goes. But where is her mother and where does she go when the gardens are closed? Harry's purpose is to save plants from extinction. Quiet and enigmatic, he longs for something - or someone - who will root him more firmly to the earth. Audrey links these strangers together. As the mystery of her death unravels, the characters journey through the seasons to learn that stories, like paper, can be refolded and reformed.
326 pages, map (black and white) ; 23 cm (hbk)
1786485214
Hardback:The other woman:2017
Author: Wilson, Laura, 1964-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Shortly after Christmas, a message arrives at Sophie's house, scrawled across her own round robin newsletter: HE'S GOING TO LEAVE YOU. LET'S SEE HOW SMUG YOU ARE THEN, YOU STUPID BITCH. Perhaps she should ignore it, but she ignored the last one. And the one before that. Now it's time to take action. But when a simple plan to identify and confront the other woman goes drastically and violently wrong, Sophie must go to extreme lengths to keep her life and her family together, all the while guarding her devastating secret.
361 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1409145948
Hardback:Broken promise:2015
Author: Barclay, Linwood
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The morning it all started, newspaper reporter David Harwood had plenty to worry about. A single parent with no job, forced to return with his young son to the small town of Promise Falls to live with his parents, the future wasn't looking too rosy. So when his mother asked him to look in on his cousin Marla, who was still not quite right after los. The morning it all started, newspaper reporter David Harwood had plenty to worry about. A single parent with no job, forced to return with his young son to the small town of Promise Falls to live with his parents, the future wasn't looking too rosy. So when his mother asked him to look in on his cousin Marla, who was still not quite right after losing her baby, it was almost a relief to put the disaster his own life had become to one side. The relief wouldn't last long. When he gets to Marla's house he's disturbed to find a smear of blood on the front door. He's even more disturbed to find Marla nursing a baby, a baby she claims was delivered to her 'by an angel.' And when, soon after, a woman's body is discovered across town, stabbed to death, with her own baby missing, it looks as if Marla has done something truly terrible.
484 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
074995356X
Paperback:Goddess of Love:2011
Author: Cast, P. C.
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Pea Chamberlain needs help. Her shoes, hair, clothes, make-up are all disasters and she really needs a makeover - especially if she wants to attract sexy fireman Griffin DeAngelo at the firemen's masked ball. And who better to coax Pea out of her pod than the Goddess of Love, whom she invokes when she gets her hands on a book of enchantments.
368 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Hardback:100 great breads:2015:New edition
Author: Hollywood, Paul
Author: Barclay, Neil
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Cassell Illustrated
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 2004 Paul Hollywood conveys his own love of bread-making and its therapeutic powers in this collection of recipes. From basic to Mediterranean, traditional and ancient bread, the recipes throw a fresh light on this seemingly simple food with a multitude of flavours, and a twist on the older ones.
144 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 26 cm (hbk)
0755348362
Paperback:Centurion:2008:New pbk. ed.
Author: Scarrow, Simon
Year 2008
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2007. The Roman Empire faces a new threat from its long-standing enemy, Parthia. With Parthia vying for control of Palmyra, the Governor of Syria dispatches experienced officers Macro & Cato with a small task force to protect Palmyra's borders from invasion. But their presence prompts Parthia to amass its armies for war. Originally published: 2007
501 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471261190
Large print:The longest holiday:2014:Large print ed
Author: Toon, Paige, 1975-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Simon & Schuster, 2013 To say Laura is unlucky in love is an understatement. Her first boyfriend died in a horrific accident, and she's discovered that her husband of six months has been hiding a terrible secret. Devastated, she escapes on a girls' holiday to Key West with her best friend Marty. But a deep and instant attraction to a sexy Cuban scuba diver takes her completely by surprise. When her two weeks in the sun come to an end, Laura doesn't want to go home again. But she can't run from real life forever. Can she?
560 pages (large print) (pbk)
1786482266
Hardback:Five give up the booze:2016
Author: Vincent, Bruno, 1980-
Author: Blyton, Enid
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Give up alcohol you say? Why, of course they can! Talk about an easy challenge! Five old friends set about this simple task and find all of a sudden that: the days are longer; they get to see each other for who they really are; the empty laughter of ordinary conversation is so much harder to fake. Yes, they're saving money and losing weight, but the world itself seems to take on a slow, dreary inevitability. Soon they begin to snap at each other, and then fight - until they begin to wonder, have the Five at last found the challenge that will defeat them?
105 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
0062677306
Paperback:Sully, my search for what really matters:2016
Author: Sullenberger, Chesley, 1951-
Author: Zaslow, Jeffrey
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in Now a major motion picture from Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks - the inspirational autobiography by one of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Capt. 'Sully' Sullenberger - the pilot who miraculously landed a crippled US Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.
368 pages ; 21 cm (pbk)
1472127358
Hardback:Patronising bastards, how the elites betrayed Britain:2017
Author: Letts, Quentin
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Constable
Resource type: Physical
Note: Not since Marie Antoinette said 'Let them eat cake' have the peasants been so revolting. Western capitalism's elites are bemused: Brexit, Trump, and maybe more eruptions to follow. But their rulers were so good to them! Hillary Clinton called the ingrates 'a basket of deplorables', Bob Geldof flicked them a V sign, Tony Blair thought voters too thick to understand the question. These people who know best, these snooterati with their faux-liberal ways, are the 'Patronising Bastards'. Their downfall is largely of their own making - their Sybaritic excesses, an obsession with political correctness, the prolonged rape of reason and rite. Political columnist and bestselling author Quentin Letts identifies these condescending creeps and their networks, their methods and their dubious morals.
xi, 305 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm (hbk)
0571246354
Paperback:Two for sorrow:2011:New pbk. ed.
Author: Upson, Nicola
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2010. London, 1903. Two women are hanged in Holloway Prison for killing babies. More than 30 years later, their crimes resurface with shocking consequences. Originally published: 2010
488 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784296597
Hardback:The chalk pit:2017
Author: Griffiths, Elly
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity - now it suggests a much more sinister purpose. Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she's gone 'underground'. This might be a figure of speech, but with the discovery of the bones and the rumours both Ruth and the police have heard that the network of old chalk-mining tunnels under Norwich is home to a vast community of rough sleepers, the clues point in only one direction. Local academic Martin Kellerman knows all about the tunnels and their history - but can his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing possibly be true? As the weather gets hotter, tensions rise.
364 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)