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Hardback:Kensuke's kingdom:2013
Author: Morpurgo, Michael
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
Note: Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. He can't find food, he can't find water. In the end, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone.
160 pages ; 18 cm (hbk)
0727884344
Hardback:Dead of night:2014
Author: Collett, Chris
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Severn House
Resource type: Physical
Note: When 18-year-old Grace Clifton vanishes on her way home from work in the centre of Birmingham late at night, the case is remarkable in that not a single witness comes forward. The more he has to deal with Grace's wealthy and overbearing father, Council Leader Bob Clifton, the more Tom Mariner is inclined to believe that Grace left of her own accord. When 18-year-old Grace Clifton vanishes on her way home from work in the centre of Birmingham late at night, the case is remarkable in that not a single witness comes forward. The more he has to deal with Grace's wealthy and overbearing father, Council Leader Bob Clifton, the more Tom Mariner is inclined to believe that Grace left of her own accord. Then the package arrives. It contains Grace's clothes, neatly pressed and laundered. A second woman disappears. And a disturbing pattern begins to emerge. Still adapting to a new investigation team and struggling to pull its members together, Detective Inspector Mariner is about to tackle one of his strangest, most challenging cases to date.
250 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1509837582
Hardback:The upstairs room:2017
Author: Murray-Browne, Kate
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied with Zoe, their mercurial 27-year-old lodger, Eleanor becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the house's previous owners - including Emily, whose name is written hundreds of times on the walls of the upstairs room.
368 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1905802145
Paperback:The gift of rain:2007
Author: Tan, Twan Eng, 1972-
Year 2007
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Myrmidon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2006. Driven by the prophetic words of an ancient soothsayer, this novel explores the opposing ideas of predestination and self-determination, as Philip traces a perilous and sometimes unclear path through the terrible years of the Second World War in Penang, Malaysia. Originally published: 2006
508 p., map ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857523473
Hardback:The heart's invisible furies:2017
Author: Boyne, John, 1971-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
589 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1783753307
Paperback:The defeated aristocrat, Konigsberg 1919:2015
Author: John, Katherine
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Accent Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: After spending the last months of the Great War as POWs, Wolf Mau and his fellow soldiers are relieved to be back in Germany. Their homeland is defeated, starving, and broken - they didn't expect a welcome home party. But neither did they anticipate murder. A killer is stalking the medieval streets of Konigsberg. A killer who specialises in kidnapping demobbed soldiers - before torturing them using medieval methods and leaving their mutilated corpses in the city's red light district.
300 pages (pbk)
0007520883
Paperback:Love me or leave me:2014
Author: Carroll, Claudia
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she's finding it hard to move forward. That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she's starting to put her life back together and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss i. Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she's finding it hard to move forward. That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she's starting to put her life back together and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss is breathing down her neck, things are looking good. But what goes on in the Hope Street Hotel is a far cry from anything she's ever dealt with before.
423 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241961335
Paperback:The betrayers, a novel:2015
Author: Bezmozgis, David, 1973-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two men meet on a park bench in Jerusalem: a politician, on the eve of a controversial stand against his government, and a Mossad agent, sent to dissuade him with the threat of blackmail. Neither backs down. Escaping the furore he's unleashed, the politician and his lover make for a seaside resort on the Black Sea to lie low. But the fierce battle. Originally published: New York: Little, Brown, 2014 Two men meet on a park bench in Jerusalem: a politician, on the eve of a controversial stand against his government, and a Mossad agent, sent to dissuade him with the threat of blackmail. Neither backs down. Escaping the furore he's unleashed, the politician and his lover make for a seaside resort on the Black Sea to lie low. But the fierce battle between political principles and personal loyalties has followed them to this Russian backwater, and a shocking encounter awaits them.
225 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0571280595
Paperback:Rooftoppers:2013
Author: Rundell, Katherine
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. Y. Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible. So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has - the address of the cello maker.
278 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008172145
Paperback:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine:2018:PBK
Author: Honeyman, Gail
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: PBK
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017 Originally published: 2017 Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life.
385 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0007570236
Paperback:The school gate survival guide:2014
Author: Fisher, Kerry
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Feisty Maia Etxeleku is a cleaner for ladies who lunch. She spends her life wiping up spilt Sauvignon and hoovering around handbags before rushing back home to skivvy after her children's feckless father on an estate where survival depends on your ability to look the other way. But an unusual inheritance catapults her into a different world where no child can survive without organic apricots and Kumon maths classes - and no woman can contemplate a week without Pilates and pedicures. As she blunders through a middle class minefield, dashing from coffee mornings to her mops and buckets, she is drawn to the one man who can help her family fit in. But is his interest in her purely professional or will her modern My Fair Lady experiment end in disaster?
357 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1302901524
Paperback:Scarlet:2016
Author: Bendis, Brian Michael
Author: Maleev, Alexander
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Marvel Worldwide, Inc
Resource type: Physical
Note: The award-winning, best-selling creative team behind Daredevil, Avengers and Moon Knight Unleash their boldest project yet! What will the world look like when someone stands up and says, 'Enough'? Scarlet is the story of a woman pushed to the edge by all that is wrong in the world.
176 pages, chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm (pbk)
0593078063
Hardback:Never greener:2018
Author: Jones, Ruth, 1966-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Ruth Jones makes her debut with a witty and wise story of life's second chances and the dangers of taking them. With her trademark warmth, humanity and heart, she shows us the dangers of looking for something better, and forgetting that the best might not be in our past or yet to come - but right where we are now.
403 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
1408702983
Hardback:The stars are fire:2017
Author: Shreve, Anita
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1947. Fires are racing along the coast of Maine after a summer-long drought, ravaging thousands of acres, causing unprecedented confusion and fear. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her difficult and unpredictable husband Gene joins the volunteers fighting to bring the fire under control. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, the women watch in horror as their houses go up in flames, then walk into the ocean as a last resort. They spend the night frantically trying to save their children. When dawn comes, they have miraculously survived, but their lives are forever changed: homeless, penniless and left to face an uncertain future.
241 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0091951372
Paperback:The memory book:2014
Author: Coleman, Rowan
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Ebury Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address. what would happen if your memory of these began to fade? Is it possible to rebuild your life? Raise a family? Fall in love again? When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have. The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address. what would happen if your memory of these began to fade? Is it possible to rebuild your life? Raise a family? Fall in love again? When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. But how can she hold onto the past when her future is slipping through her fingers?
384 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0593078756
Hardback:Origin:2017
Author: Brown, Dan, 1964-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that 'will change the face of science forever'. The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a 40-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence. But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch's precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum's director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.
461 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
140958769X
Paperback:The last summer of us, where do we go from here?:2015
Author: Harcourt, Maggie
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Usborne
Resource type: Physical
Note: Limpet, Steffan and Jared. Three best friends crammed into a clapped-out rust bucket of a car on a whirlwind road trip to forget their troubles and see out the end of the summer. But no matter how far they drive, they can't escape the hidden secrets and slow-burning romance that could upset the balance of their friendship - perhaps forever.
294 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241003180
Hardback:In your prime, older, wiser, happier:2014
Author: Knight, India, 1965-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Fig Tree
Resource type: Physical
Note: Covering a wide range of subjects from clothes and cosmetics, being a parent to older children, having older parents and what that entails, and of course, the menopause, 'In Your Prime' is the definitive, much-needed guide to approaching middle age with confidence and panache.
262 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm (hbk)