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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)
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)
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000829173X
Hardback:Rebel prince, the power, passion and defiance of Prince Charles:2018
Author: Bower, Tom
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: William Collins
Resource type: Physical
Note: Few heirs to the throne have suffered as much humiliation as Prince Charles. Despite his hard work and genuine concern for the disadvantaged, he has struggled to overcome his unpopularity. After Diana's death, his approval rating crashed to 4% and has been only rescued by his marriage to Camilla. Nevertheless, just one third of Britons now support him to be the next king. Many still fear that his accession to the throne will cause a constitutional crisis. That mistrust climaxed in the aftermath of the trial of Paul Burrell, Diana's butler, acquitted after the Queen's sensational 'recollection'. In unearthing many secrets surrounding that and many other dramas, Bower's book, relying on the testimony from over 120 people employed or welcomed into the inner sanctum of Clarence House, reveals a royal household rife with intrigue and misconduct.
xv, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1780898398
Hardback:The President is missing:2018
Author: Clinton, Bill, 1946-
Author: Patterson, James, 1947-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: A sitting U.S. President is missing. In this book, President Bill Clinton partners with No. 1 bestselling author James Patterson in a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with the kind of insider details that only a President can know.
513 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1782399763
Hardback:Norma:2017
Author: Oksanen, Sofi, 1977-
Author: Witesman, Owen
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Finnish When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood - and the moods of those around her - moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother's funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life. Setting out to reconstruct Anita's final months - sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files - Norma begins to realise that her mother knew more about her hair's powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma's imagining.
305 pages ; 22 cm (hbk)
0071381392
Paperback:The no-cry sleep solution, gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night:c2002
Author: Pantley, Elizabeth
Year c2002
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Contemporary
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes index. Sleep is one of the most-discussed topics among new parents - because they don't get enough! Elizabeth Pantley has devised a programme for helping babies sleep through the night without having to cry it out. Includes index
xv, 254 p., ill. ; 21 cm (pbk)
0141191481
Paperback:The scent of dried roses:2009
Author: Lott, Tim
Year 2009
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
275 (Pbk)
1782112111
Paperback:Under the skin:2014
Author: Faber, Michel
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in Originally published: 2000 The novel centres around a female character, Isserly, who seems to be obsessed with picking up male hitch-hikers, as long as they are muscular and fit. As the story unfolds, the reader comes to realise that Isserly's motives are rather unusual.
296 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1742204147
Paperback:Japan:2013:13th edition ; this edition written and researched by Chris Rowthorn [and eight others]
Author: Rowthorn, Chris
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: 13th edition ; this edition written and researched by Chris Rowthorn [and eight others]
Publisher: Lonely Planet
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustrations and text on inside cover Includes QR code Previous edition: 2011 From the swirling streets, soaring skyscrapers & avant-garde galleries of Tokyo to the rustic elegance of a forgotten mountain temple, this guidebook will help you explore the intriguing culture & sights of classical & contemporary Japan.
878 pages, illustrations (colour), maps (colour) ; 20 cm + 1 map (pbk)
178747240X
Hardback:Believe me:2018
Author: Delaney, JP
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: U.S.: Ballantine Books I'm just an actress. I wanted to stand on a stage and have people applaud. How on earth did I get into all this? Claire Wright likes to play other people. A struggling British actress, in New York without a green card, Claire needs work. She takes the only part she's offered: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands, catching them on tape with their seductive propositions.The rules? Never hit on them directly. Make it clear you're available, but they have to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not entrapment. The innocent should have nothing to hide. Then the game changes. When the police start investigating one of Claire's targets for murdering his wife - and potentially others too - they ask her to help lure their suspect into a confession.
388 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)