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Hardback:The moon pool:2014
Author: Littlefield, Sophie
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: North Dakota is like nowhere Colleen has ever seen. Vast rolling plains of silvery snow, studded with shimmering black pools, lit by occasional flares of orange light. It is a landscape both beautiful and terrible. It is the landscape that swallowed her son. Across town, another mother also searches for her missing boy. He too went missing from the. North Dakota is like nowhere Colleen has ever seen. Vast rolling plains of silvery snow, studded with shimmering black pools, lit by occasional flares of orange light. It is a landscape both beautiful and terrible. It is the landscape that swallowed her son. Across town, another mother also searches for her missing boy. He too went missing from the oilfields where he worked. And no-one - not his employers, not the police - seems to care that he is gone. As long as they are alone, these two women will never find out the truth. But if they team up, and help each other, then maybe, just maybe, this freezing wilderness will give them back their sons.
369 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1444742574
Hardback:Those who wish me dead:2014
Author: Koryta, Michael
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Jace Wilson accidentally witnesses a brutal murder, his life is changed forever. An ordinary teenager growing up in Indiana, Jace is suddenly forced into the Witness Protection Program and given a new name and history. Taken in by a couple who run a wilderness program for young boys, Jace finds himself hiking through the Montana mountains, tor. When Jace Wilson accidentally witnesses a brutal murder, his life is changed forever. An ordinary teenager growing up in Indiana, Jace is suddenly forced into the Witness Protection Program and given a new name and history. Taken in by a couple who run a wilderness program for young boys, Jace finds himself hiking through the Montana mountains, tortured by his memories and by the fear that he'll never be safe again. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are two of the most heinous criminals the country has ever known. Jace was the one person to catch them in the act, and he slipped through their fingers. Now they've tracked him down and are making their way across the country, ruthlessly slaughtering anyone who gets in their way.
392 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1471125823
Hardback:Wrongful death:2013
Author: La Plante, Lynda
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Six months after the body of Josh Reynolds, a London nightclub owner, was found and determined by police and coroner to be a suicide, DCS James Langton tasks DCI Anna Langton to review the case. Reynolds died from a single gunshot wound to the head, but details are emerging that suggest someone else may have fired the gun.
viii, 500 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0008134529
Paperback:Titan:2015
Author: Baxter, Stephen
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Resource type: Physical
Note: NASA's Cassini probe reaches Saturn early in the new millennium, and reveals - to the amazement of scientists - that Titan is the most terraformable world in the Solar System. NASA launch a one way trip to Titan against great political opposition. Originally published: 1997. Originally published: 1997 NASA's Cassini probe reaches Saturn early in the new millennium, and reveals - to the amazement of scientists - that Titan is the most terraformable world in the Solar System. NASA launch a one way trip to Titan against great political opposition.
580 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008134510
Paperback:Voyage:2015
Author: Baxter, Stephen
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 1996 From the author of 'Timelike Infinity' and 'The Time Ships', this is an alternative reality story in which John F. Kennedy is still alive and man has landed on Mars.
viii, 591 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008134537
Paperback:Moonseed:2015
Author: Baxter, Stephen
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the 1970s astronauts brought rock samples back from the Moon. When one of them, the Moonseed is exposed to daylight it proves to be deadly. Not to people, but to the Earth. It forces humanity to an excess of ingenuity and courage. Originally published: 1998. Originally published: 1998 In the 1970s astronauts brought rock samples back from the Moon. When one of them, the Moonseed is exposed to daylight it proves to be deadly. Not to people, but to the Earth. It forces humanity to an excess of ingenuity and courage.
534 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1848126220
Paperback:Charlie and me:2018
Author: Lowery, Mark, 1979-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: 13-year-old Martin and his younger brother Charlie are on a very special journey. They're going to be travelling 421 miles all the way from Preston to the very tip of Cornwall. By train, bus and taxi, they are determined to get there in the end; and they're hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphin that regularly visits the harbour there. But is that the only reason they are going?
259 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0007531893
Paperback:How Harry Riddles mega-massively broke the school:2015
Author: Mayle, Simon, 1961-
Author: Catlow, Nikalas, 1975-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Hi there, My name is Harry Riddles, and I live with my mum, my dad and my evil sister Charlotte. But now my mum is having twins so either me or Charlotte are gonna lose our bedroom. Also, Dad's moaning that I should do more sport and not be just a gamer (which shows what he knows cos I'm actually the BEST gamer World of Zombies has ever seen). But I've joined the school football team to keep him happy although if we win anything it will be a miracle cos we suck. I've written to some stars of the football world to see if they wanna help out, and also a bunch of people who might take Charlotte off our hands - oh and Brad Pitt's wife to see if she wants to adopt a couple more kids, but who knows if they will write back. We'll see.
332 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 19 cm (pbk)
1784873187
Paperback:The handmaid's tale:2017:New [edition] ; with a new introduction by the author
Author: Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New [edition] ; with a new introduction by the author
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in Previous edition: Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1985 Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1986 The Republic of Gilead allows Offred only one function - to breed. If she deviates, she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on whom her future hangs.
xv, 324 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0553818368
Hardback:The bone garden:2010.
Author: Gerritsen, Tess.
Year 2010.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2007. Newly divorced Julia Hamill is digging in her back garden when she uncovers a human skull. So begins a story that dates back to the 1830s, uncovering secrets that - even after over 100 years - proves more shocking than Julia can imagine.
448 p. ; 20 cm.
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057130219X
Hardback:The kind worth killing:2015
Author: Swanson, Peter, 1968-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it? Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is bus. Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it? Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
311 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
057130222X
Paperback:The kind worth killing:2015
Author: Swanson, Peter, 1968-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it? Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is bus. Originally published: New York: William Morrow Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it? Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
415 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784972940
Paperback:The black prince:2018
Author: Jones, Michael K.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: "An Apollo book." Originally published: 2017 As a child he was given his own suit of armour; in 1346, at the age of 16, he helped defeat the French at Crecy; and in 1356 he captured the King of France at Poitiers. For the chronicler Jean Froissart, 'He was the flower of all chivalry'; for the Chandos Herald, who fought with him, he was 'the embodiment of all valour'. Edward of Woodstock, eldest son and heir of Edward III of England, better known as 'the Black Prince', was England's pre-eminent military leader during the first phase of the Hundred Years War. Michael Jones uses contemporary chronicles and documentary material, including the Prince's own letters and those of his closest followers, to tell the tale of an authentic English hero and to paint a memorable portrait of warfare and society in the tumultuous 14th century.
xxiv, 456 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552776645
Paperback:A god in ruins:2016
Author: Atkinson, Kate
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Kate Atkinson's 'Life After Life' explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In 'A God in Ruins', Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy - would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father - as he navigates the perils and progress. Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2015 Kate Atkinson's 'Life After Life' explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In 'A God in Ruins', Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy - would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father - as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.
556 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0007481195
Hardback:Treachery:2014
Author: Parris, S. J., 1974-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Summer, 1585. As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an Invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores. Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip's American treasure supplies to Queen Elizabeth. Summer, 1585. As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an Invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores. Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip's American treasure supplies to Queen Elizabeth. Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and spy, accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney to Plymouth to oversee Drake's departure. Unbeknownst to Bruno, Sidney intends to join the mission - and he wants Bruno to go too. But when a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake's life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins.
540 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0007192185
Hardback:The ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh, a woman in world history:2007:New pbk. ed.
Author: Colley, Linda
Year 2007
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: HarperPress
Resource type: Physical
Note: Renowned historian Linda Colley illuminates the life of Elizabeth Marsh, one of the most intrepid female travellers of her time, and reveals how the then new concept of 'globalization' was to shape her and our existences forever.
xxxii, 363 p., [16] p. of plates, ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm (hbk)
1510080651
Large print:How to stop time:2017:Large print edition
Author: Haig, Matt, 1975-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Clipper Large Print Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: Edinburgh: Canongate Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but he was born in 1581. Owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Shakespeare's England to jazz age Paris and voyaging the Pacific, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom now has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London school. Here, he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom mustn't do is fall in love. 'How to Stop Time' is a wild, bittersweet, time-travelling story about losing and finding yourself; about the certainty of change, and the mistakes humans are doomed to repeat. And about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.
533 pages (large print) (pbk)
0571227554
Paperback:Charlie Brooker's Screen burn:2005
Author: Brooker, Charlie
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in Paperback. For the past four years Charlie Brookers has written a television column for the Guardian. This is a collection of his best pieces.
xii, 371 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)