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Paperback:Mum face, the memoir of a woman who gained a baby and lost her sh*t:2018
Author: Timothy, Grace
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this wry, resonant and deeply emotional memoir, journalist Grace Timothy explores a question most women will face at some point: if becoming a mother means the person you were before has gone; who exactly is left in its place? Best described as 'The Wrong Knickers' for mums, in 'Mum Face' Grace explores motherhood as an issue of identity.
xvii, 298 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
071818484X
Hardback:Soldier spy:2016
Author: Marcus, Tom
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: Tom Marcus was recruited by MI5 in the wake of the 7/7 attacks on London. After five years spent undercover as part of a covert British Army Special Operations unit, he offered the Security Service the edge they so desperately needed. Following months of intensive training, Marcus was thrown into a world of relentless, unimaginable pressure; a never-ending struggle to prevent terrorist atrocities on our city streets, foil devastating strikes against the nation's infrastructure, and keep our country's secrets safe from foreign spies. In this explosive first-hand account, he lifts the lid on the war being waged by MI5 to keep us safe in our towns and cities.
321 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1847396755
Paperback:The farm:2015
Author: Smith, Tom Rob
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the vein of 'Sense of Snow' and 'Perfect Spy' the tale brilliantly choreographs the collision of the present with the familial past. Author Smith takes a new direction here, but his skills are as finely honed as ever, with this tale that's both a page turner and a searing examination of the lives of our protagonist, his lover and his family. Ori. Originally published: 2014 In the vein of 'Sense of Snow' and 'Perfect Spy' the tale brilliantly choreographs the collision of the present with the familial past. Author Smith takes a new direction here, but his skills are as finely honed as ever, with this tale that's both a page turner and a searing examination of the lives of our protagonist, his lover and his family.
351 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473658829
Hardback:Girl on the line, life - and death - in the Metropolitan Police:2018
Author: Vinten, Alice
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Two Roads
Resource type: Physical
Note: Welcome to London. Population: 8.7 million. And it's your job to keep them safe. A unique insight to life on the streets of London as a female constable, 'Girl on the Line' follows PC Alice Hearn throughout ten years in the Met, from rookie to officer. As she deals with violent criminals, heart-breaking domestic situations, petty crime, life, death, and everything inbetween, she builds up a portrait of a living, complex city, and what it truly means to look after it. From procedurals to gripping foot chases to threats of terrorist attacks, this book covers all aspects of life in uniform, and how it really feels to wear the boots of a London copper.
337 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1408865068
Paperback:Thirst:2017
Author: Warner, Benjamin
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 On a searing summer evening, Eddie Chapman has been stuck in a traffic jam for hours. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon his car and run home, he sees that the trees have been burned and the water in the stream bed is gone. Something is very wrong. When he arrives home, there is a power cut and no running water. The pipes everywhere, it seems, are dry. Eddie and his wife, Laura, find themselves thrust together with their neighbours while a sense of unease thickens in the stifling night air. 'Thirst' takes place in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious disaster - the Chapmans and their community suffer the effects of the heat, their thirst and the terrifying realisation that no one is coming to help.
286 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099515059
Paperback:The silver pigs:2008
Author: Davis, Lindsey
Year 2008
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1989. This is the first story in a mystery series set in Ancient Rome, featuring Marcus Didius Falco. The story sees Falco travelling to Britain in search of missing silver pigs where he meets Helena Justina, and romance begins to blossom. Originally published: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1989
xviii, 318 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1783963468
Hardback:Travellers in the Third Reich, the rise of fascism seen through the eyes of everyday people:2017
Author: Boyd, Julia, 1948-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Elliott and Thompson Limited
Resource type: Physical
Note: A unique history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand accounts.
368 pages (hbk)
1784742279
Hardback:Rosie, scenes from a vanished life:2018
Author: Tremain, Rose
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Rose Tremain grew up in post-war London, a city of grey austerity, still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. The girl known then as 'Rosie' and her sister Jo spent their days longing for their grandparents' farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside, a green paradise of feasts and freedom, where they could at last roam and dream. But when Rosie is ten years old, everything changes. She and Jo lose their father, their London house, their school, their friends, and - most agonisingly of all - their beloved Nanny, Vera, the only adult to have shown them real love and affection. Briskly dispatched to a freezing boarding-school in Hertfordshire, they once again feel like imprisoned castaways. But slowly the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold world of the Fifties, into a place of inspiration and mischief, of loving friendships and dedicated teachers.
210 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
0751573051
Hardback:Three little lies:2018
Author: Marshall, Laura
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Sasha North comes into Ellen's life, Ellen falls under her spell. As Ellen is welcomed into Sasha's family, she doesn't see the darkness that lies beneath their bohemian lifestyle. Not until a brutal attack changes all their lives forever. Ten years later, Ellen and Sasha share a flat in London, still bound together by that night. When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. The police won't take her seriously, but the events of the past give Ellen good reason to be frightened. What really happened that night? Who is telling the whole truth? These are the questions Ellen must confront when searching for her friend. But someone knows Ellen is looking. And they don't want the answers coming out.
372 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
1473668999
Hardback:The wisdom of Sally Red Shoes:2018
Author: Hogan, Ruth, 1961-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Two Roads
Resource type: Physical
Note: Masha is drowning. Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event 12 years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town's lido, where she seeks refuge underwater - safe from the noise and the pain. But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women - the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician's wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice - opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again. Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back.
333 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:Dead simple:2014
Author: James, Peter, 1948-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: After a stag night, the groom-to-be goes missing and four of his friends are dead. Detective Superintendent Grace is contacted by the missing man's fiancee, and discovers that the one man who ought to know his whereabouts is saying nothing - but he has more to gain out of the tragedy that anyone realizes. Originally published: London: Macmillan, 20. Originally published: London: Macmillan, 2005 After a stag night, the groom-to-be goes missing and four of his friends are dead. Detective Superintendent Grace is contacted by the missing man's fiancee, and discovers that the one man who ought to know his whereabouts is saying nothing - but he has more to gain out of the tragedy that anyone realizes.
546 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0575089911
Paperback:The final empire:2009
Author: Sanderson, Brandon
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Gollancz
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1,000 years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on a criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy - the magic that lies in all metals. 1000 years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on a criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy - the magic that lies in all metals.
vii, 647 p., maps ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008105537
Paperback:Standard deviation:2018
Author: Heiny, Katherine
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: 4th Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 Graham Cavanaugh's second wife, Audra, is everything his first wife was not. She considers herself privileged to live in the age of the hair towel, talks non-stop through her epidural, labour and delivery, invites the doorman to move in and the eccentric members of their son's Origami Club to Thanksgiving. She is charming and spontaneous and fun but life with her can be exhausting. In the midst of the day-to-day difficulties and delights of marriage and raising a child with Asperger's, his first wife, Elspeth, reenters Graham's life. Former spouses are hard to categorise - are they friends, enemies, old flames, or just people who know you really, really well? Graham starts to wonder: How can anyone love two such different women? Did he make the right choice? Is there a right choice?
319 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1472232089
Hardback:Mad girl:2016
Author: Gordon, Bryony
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: On the surface it seems that Bryony Gordon has the perfect life. One of the UK's most successful journalists she is married to a man she loves with a two-year-old daughter she adores. Yet inside Bryony's head things are never as straightforward as they seem. Is it possible that she's murdered someone and can't remember? Why did her hair fall out when she was a teenager? Is she capable of hurting her daughter? Has she mysteriously contracted an STD? Why is she always so fat? For while Bryony does have a life many would envy, she is also engaged in a daily battle with mental illness. Fighting with OCD, bulimia and depression, like millions of others in this country, sometimes she finds it a struggle just to get out of bed. Here, in 'Mad Girl' she tackles all of these subjects with her trademark humour, warmth and eye watering honesty.
308 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0349409315
Paperback:Blood vow:2017
Author: Ward, J. R., 1969-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Ballantine Books, 2016 The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter. When the aristocratic Elise needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, and is unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between them.
xi, 431 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008234159
Hardback:The woman in the window:2018
Author: Finn, A. J.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers. But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
427 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1848862849
Paperback:Beware the Mighty Bitey:2017
Author: Pindar, Heather
Author: Batori, Susan
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: Deep in the jungle, in the still waters of the Nippy Pool, listening, lurking, waiting, live the Mighty Bitey Piranhas. Mouse, Goat and Bear play some music for them but the Mighty Bitey have other, more scrumptious things on their mind!
32 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 27 cm (pbk)
1784292699
Paperback:The fourth sacrifice:2016
Author: May, Peter, 1951-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: riverrun
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2000 The first three victims were drugged, tied, labelled with a single word and a single number - then expertly beheaded. The fourth victim was dispatched in the same way, but unlike the others he was an American diplomat.
499 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)