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Large print:Love like blood:2017:Large print edition
Author: Billingham, Mark
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: London: Little, Brown As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful. Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.
435 pages (large print). (pbk)
1489432590
DAISY:The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:2018
Author: Turton, Stuart
Author: Davies, Jot
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath.
15 CDs (16 hr., 42 min.) : digital, stereo (CDs)
1784758248
Paperback:Trump, The Art of the Deal:2016
Author: Trump, Donald
Author: Schwartz, Tony, 1952-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Random House, 1987 Here is Trump in action - how he runs his business and how he runs his life - as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and changes the face of the New York City skyline. But even a maverick plays by the rules, and Trump has formulated eleven guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest deals; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker's art. And throughout, Trump talks - really talks - about how he does it.
372 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473663725
Hardback:Camino Island:2017
Author: Grisham, John
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's only novels. After an initial flurry of arrests, both they and the ruthless gang of thieves who took them have vanished without trace. Dealing in stolen books is a dark business, and few are initiated to its arts - which puts Bruce Kable right on the FBI's Rare Asset Recovery Unit's watchlist. A struggling writer burdened by debts, Mercer Mann spent summers on Florida's idyllic Camino Island as a kid, in her grandmother's beach cottage. Now she is being made an offer she can't refuse: to return to the peace of the island, to write her novel - and get close to a certain infamous bookseller and his interesting collection of manuscripts.
290 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
178089709X
Hardback:The sentence is death:2018
Author: Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'What are you doing here? It's a bit late'. These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine - a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth 3,000, to be precise. Odd, considering he didn't drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man's many, many enemies did the deed? Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who's really getting rather good at this murder investigation business. But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realises that these secrets must be exposed - even at the risk of death.
375 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1405919213
Paperback:Liar liar:2015
Author: Arlidge, M. J.
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Faced with yet another ruthless serial killer, one with a penchant for pyromania, DI Helen Grace is an unwilling participant in a race against this new sadistic combatant.
441 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0439014573
Paperback:The adventures of Captain Underpants, an epic novel:2000
Author: Pilkey, Dav
Year 2000
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: U.S.: Scholastic, 1997 George and Harold have created the greatest super-hero in the history of their school and now they're about to bring him to life. Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even he doesn't know who he is. Primary
121p, ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1406242667
Paperback:Easy origami toys:2012
Author: Harbo, Christopher L.
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Raintree
Resource type: Physical
Note: Do you like to make clever paper toys? With a few simple folds you can make a basketball hoop, a royal crown, a mini piano and much more. Originally published: Mankato, Minn.: Capstone, 2011
24 p., col. ill. ; 26 cm (pbk)
1787330672
Hardback:21 lessons for the 21st century:2018
Author: Harari, Yuval N.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Sapiens' showed us where we came from. 'Homo Deus' looked to the future. '21 Lessons for the 21st Century' explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today's most urgent issues.
xv, 352 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1473610079
Paperback:Magna Carta, the true story behind the charter:2016
Author: Starkey, David
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: To mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, bestselling historian David Starkey explores the Magna Carta and its influence on Britain today. Originally published: 2015
285 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:The tattooist of Auschwitz:2018
Author: Morris, Heather, (Screenwriter)
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: This novel is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.
270 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:The man in the wooden hat:2011:New pbk. ed.
Author: Gardam, Jane
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Chatto & Windus, 2009. Filth is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the war. But Elisabeth is different - a free-spirit, with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East. No wonder she is attracted to Filth's hated rival at the Bar - the brash, forceful Veneering. Originally published: London: Chatto & Windus, 2009
273 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1846045126
Paperback:The choice:2018
Author: Eger, Edith Eva
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Rider
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustrations on inside covers Originally published: 2017 In 1944, 16-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith's bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive. In 'The Choice', Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since.
364 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:An evil cradling:1993:New
Author: Keenan, Brian, 1950-
Year 1993
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hutchinson, 1992. Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change of scene from his native Belfast. He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi'ite militiamen and held for the next four and a half years. Originally published: London: Hutchinson, 1992 eng
xvii, 296p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0340980052
Hardback:The accidental pilgrim, new journeys on ancient pathways:2011
Author: Dawn, Maggi
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Pilgrimage has been an important practice in Christianity since the 4th century, but most people's notion of pilgrimage is one of travelling to the site of an apparition in search of inspiration or miracles. This book shows that pilgrimage is not just a relic of Catholic history, but can remain a significant practice in the 21st century.
151 p. ; 23 cm (hbk)
1784872326
Paperback:Elizabeth and her German garden:2017
Author: Von Arnim, Elizabeth, 1866-1941,
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Classic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Inside are servants, meals and furniture, and an upright Teutonic husband, but outside in the garden, Elizabeth can escape domestic routine, play with her babies and garden to her heart's content.
224 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1786152797
Paperback:The something girl:2017
Author: Taylor, Jodi
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's life as usual at Frogmorton Farm - which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre. Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix characters. So nothing much is new - except for the mysterious figure dogging Jenny's steps and who, if she didn't know better, she would swear was her sinister cousin Christopher, last seen being hurled from the house by her wayward husband. He couldn't possibly be stupid enough to come back and try again. Could he?
iii, 303 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552173657
Paperback:The telephone girls:2017
Author: Holmes, Jenny, 1968-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1936. George Street in Bradford houses a gleaming, brand-new telephone exchange where a group of capable girls works the complicated electrical switchboards. Among them are Cynthia, Norma and Millicent, who relish the busy, efficient atmosphere and the independence and friendship their jobs have given them. But when Millicent connects a telephone call for an old friend, and listens in to the conversation - breaking one of the telephonists' main rules - she, and then Norma and Cynthia too, become caught up in a story of scandal, corruption and murder. Soon, the jobs of all three girls are on the line. Norma's romance is in ruins. And Millicent has entered a world of vice.
437 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)