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Paperback:McMafia, seriously organised crime:[2018]:New edition
Author: Glenny, Misha
Year [2018]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in Previous edition: London: Bodley Head, 2008 Originally published: 2008 Organised crime is part of all our worlds - often without us even knowing. 'McMafia' is a journey through the new world of international organised crime, from gunrunners in Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, by way of drug syndicates in Canada and cyber criminals in Brazil. This edition comes with a new introduction and epilogue from author Misha Glenny.
ix, 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405284595
Paperback:Grandpa Christmas:2018
Author: Morpurgo, Michael
Author: Field, Jim, 1980-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
Note: This heartfelt Christmas story is based on a special letter written by a grandpa to his granddaughter.
41 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1509851526
Hardback:How Winston delivered Christmas:2018
Author: Smith, Alex T.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Follow Winston as he sets out to deliver Oliver's letter to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve. He has a lot of very exciting adventures on this very important mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way. Like an advent calendar counting down to Christmas, each day also features festive things to make and do - you can write a letter to Father Christmas and make mince pies, Christmas cards, presents, and decorations.
175 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 26 cm (hbk)
0099592576
Paperback:One man and a mule, across England with a pack mule:2018
Author: Thomson, Hugh
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Windmill Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Preface, 2017 In the Middle Ages, mules were used to transport goods across Britain. Strong, sturdy and able to carry a good 160lbs of weight, they made ideal walking companions (as long as you didn't ask them to do anything they disapproved of). Now Hugh Thomson has revived that ancient tradition. Taking his cue from Robert Louis Stevenson's 19th-century bestseller 'Travels With a Donkey', Hugh leads his trusty mule Jethro across England from the Lake District to the Yorkshire Moors, using old drovers' roads that have largely passed into disrepair.
x, 292 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (colour), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
000752501X
Paperback:Who's that girl?:2016
Author: McFarlane, Mhairi
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: Could kissing Mr Wrong lead to Mr Right? She thought she'd found The One - right up until she was caught kissing him on his wedding day. She thought she'd lost everything - until a ghostwriting sabbatical became a lifeline back to friends and family she'd left behind in Nottingham. She thought she was done with love - until she found it where she least expected it.
535 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
144483021X
Large print:The shadow in the dark:2016:Large print edition
Author: Udy, Susan
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Linford
Resource type: Physical
Note: Attempting to escape the scandal that has engulfed her, Daisy Lewis leaves home and heads for the Cornish town of Pencarrow, still as beautiful as she remembers from her childhood holidays. But news spreads like wildfire in the small, tightly knit community, and soon she must deal with a blackmailer who recognises her from her previous life. Even worse, she suspects it could be one of the two handsome men who are keen to romance her. Is there anyone Daisy can trust - and will her secret be exposed yet again?
344 pages (large print) ; 19 cm (pbk)
1444804898
Large print:A phoenix rises:2010:Large type ed.
Author: Holmes, Valerie
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large type ed.
Publisher: Linford
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jemma Ward's dream of a happy fmily home with her fiance, Luke, is shattered by his obsession to chase a dream of riches. Her self-esteem plummets further when, in a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Jemma must dine alone because Luke has stood her up. Destiny intervenes when Adam Li saves her from an attacker. Adult.
192 p. (large print) ; 19 cm (pbk)
1846144299
Hardback:Thomas Cromwell, a life:2018
Author: MacCulloch, Diarmaid
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Allen Lane
Resource type: Physical
Note: Thomas Cromwell is one of the most famous figures in English history. Born in obscurity in Putney, he became a fixer for Cardinal Wolsey in the 1520s and, when Wolsey had fallen for failing to solve Henry VIII's 'Great Matter' - lack of a male heir and efforts to repudiate his wife Katherine of Aragon, was promoted him to a series of ever greater offices, such that in the 1530s he was effectively running the country for the King. That decade was one of the most momentous in English history: it saw a religious break with the Pope, unprecedented use of parliament, the dissolution of all monasteries, and the coming of the Protestantism. Cromwell was central to all this, but establishing his role with precision has been notoriously difficult. Diarmaid MacCulloch's biography makes connections not previously seen and reveals the channels through which power in early Tudor England flowed.
xxiii, 728 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0241283205
Paperback:In the dark:2018
Author: Hunter, Cara
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive. No one knows who they are - the woman can't speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. And the elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before. The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock - how could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible. And that no one is as innocent as they seem.
435 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1407163493
Paperback:Return to the secret garden:2016
Author: Webb, Holly
Author: Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2015 Return to Frances Hodgson Burnett's timeless classic, 'The Secret Garden' in this magical sequel by bestselling author Holly Webb. It's 1939 and a group of children have been evacuated to Misselthwaite Hall. Emmie is far from happy to have been separated from her cat and sent to a huge mansion. But soon she starts discovering the secrets of the house - a boy crying at night, a diary written by a girl named Mary and a garden. A very secret garden.
227 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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CD:A collection, Greatest hits... and more:1989, c1989
Author: Streisand, Barbra
Year 1989, c1989
Language: English
Media class: CD
Publisher: Columbia
Resource type: Physical
Note: Studio Contents: We're not makin' love anymore -- Woman in love -- All I ask of you -- Comin' in and out of your life -- What kind of fool -- The main event/Fight -- Someone that I used to love -- By the way -- Guilty -- Memory -- The way he makes me feel -- Somewhere Language: English
1. - CD(51 min., 10 sec.) ; 4 3/4 in.
0750546905
Large print:Christmas at Woolworths:2018:Large print edition
Author: Everest, Elaine
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Magna
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard format edition originally published: London: Pan Books, 2017 Best friends Sarah, Maisie and Freda are brought together by their jobs at Woolworths. With their loved ones away on the front line, their bonds of friendship strengthen each day. Betty Billington is the manager at Woolworths, and a rock for the girls, having given up on love. Until a mysterious stranger turns up one day - could he reignite a spark in Betty? As the year draws to a close, and Christmas approaches, the girls must rely on each other to navigate the dark days that lie ahead. With so much change, can their friendship survive the war?
408 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1445126516
Paperback:Wanted - Prince Charming:2013
Author: Benjamin, A. H., 1950-
Author: Fiorin, Fabiano
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Franklin Watts
Resource type: Physical
Note: Book band white Originally published: 2013 Princess Reverie never stops daydreaming about her Prince Charming. But she never seems to find him! Join in with her hilarious attempts to find her true love.
31 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 21 cm (pbk)
014118812X
Paperback:Metamorphosis and other stories:2007
Author: Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924
Author: Hofmann, Michael, 1957 Aug. 25-
Year 2007
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Only one character appears in Kafka's work; the homo domesticus, so Jewish and so German and so eager to keep his place. Borges described Kafka's characterisation in such a manner. This volume includes some of his most famous stories. Translated from the German
xvi, 298 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1848454376
Paperback:Always in my heart:2016
Author: Lightfoot, Freda, 1942-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HQ
Resource type: Physical
Note: Prue Weston runs her family farm on the edge of the Pennines, throwing herself into her work after becoming a widow. As the war comes to an end, romance blossoms between Prue and a German POW, Nikolaus. But falling in love with a German means she must fight for her love, not only against the concerns of her family but of the nation. Brenda Stuart's. Prue Weston runs her family farm on the edge of the Pennines, throwing herself into her work after becoming a widow. As the war comes to an end, romance blossoms between Prue and a German POW, Nikolaus. But falling in love with a German means she must fight for her love, not only against the concerns of her family but of the nation. Brenda Stuart's life is in ruins. Illegitimately pregnant, jobless and alone, Brenda is forced to sleep rough - until one fateful day when she is found by Prue, who takes her home for a breakfast and a bath. As a friendship forms between the two women, they make a pact to help each other rebuild their lives and finally find the happiness they both deserve.
380 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1472248848
Paperback:The key:2018
Author: Hughes, Kathryn, 1964-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1956. It's Ellen Crosby's first day at work as a student nurse at Ambergate County Lunatic Asylum. When she meets a young girl committed by her father, and a pioneering physician keen to try out the various 'cures' available for mental illness, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change all their lives for ever. 2006. Sarah is drawn to the abandoned Ambergate Asylum and whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase in an attic belonging to a female patient who was admitted to the asylum 50 years earlier. The shocking contents of the suitcase lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy, lost love and an old wrong that only Sarah may have the power to put right.
422 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0140244913
Paperback:How the mind works:1998
Author: Pinker, Steven, 1954-
Year 1998
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: W. W. Norton, 1997; London: Allen Lane, 1998. The author explains what the mind is, where it came from, how it lets us see, think, feel, interact, and pursue higher callings such as art, religion and philosophy. Originally published: New York: W. W. Norton, 1997; London: Allen Lane, 1998 Includes index Bibliography
xii, 660 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141918926
eBook:Thinking, fast and slow:2012
Author: Kahneman, Daniel, 1934-
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: eBook
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Originally published: New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux; London: Allen Lane, 2011 Psychologist Daniel Kahneman reveals the truth about our intuitions, and our rationality itself, to teach us how to better our lives. He explores the fascinating flaws and marvels of human behaviour and reveals to us the common errors in people's beliefs.
1 online resource (512 p.), ill. (ebook)