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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)
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)
1786074419
Hardback:A field guide to the English clergy, a compendium of diverse eccentrics, pirates, prelates and adventurers, all Anglican, some even practising:2018
Author: Butler-Gallie, Fergus
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Oneworld
Resource type: Physical
Note: Judge not, lest ye be judged. This timeless wisdom has guided the Anglican Church for hundreds of years, fostering a certain tolerance of eccentricity among its members. Good thing, too. The 'Mermaid of Morwenstow' excommunicated a cat for mousing on a Sunday. When he was late for a service, Bishop Lancelot Fleming commandeered a Navy helicopter. 'Mad Jack' swapped his surplice for a leopard skin and insisted on being carried around in a coffin. And then there was the man who, like Noah's evil twin, tried to eat one of each of God's creatures. In spite of all this they saw the church as their true calling. After all, who cares if you're wearing red high heels when there are souls to be saved?
175 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
1471172767
Hardback:Birthday drama!:2018
Author: Russell, Rachel Renee
Author: Russell, Nikki
Author: Russell, Erin
Author: Russell, Rachel Renee
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: as Tales from a not-so-happy birthday. New York: Aladdin Nikki and her friends Brandon, Chloe, and Zoey are up for another adventure in the thirteenth book in the 1 'New York Times' bestselling 'Dork Diaries' series.
295 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
1471161900
Paperback:The mother of all Christmases:2018
Author: Johnson, Milly
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eve Glace - co-owner of the theme park Winterworld - is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she's decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them. Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren't typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable. Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?
ix, 515 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473658322
Hardback:The scarlet nightingale:2018
Author: Titchmarsh, Alan
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: As war rages across Europe, one young woman faces an impossible choice. Will she save her country - or the man she loves? It is the late 1930s. In London, socialite Rosamund Hanbury is determined to give up the parties and social sets of which she is a prominent member to join the war effort, along with scores of other young women. After a stint at Bletchley Park and as one of the Air Transport Auxiliary's 'Atagirls', Rosamund is recruited by the Special Operations Executive under the code name 'The Scarlet Nightingale', and eventually moved in secret to France. There she falls under the charm of Count Thierry Foustier, a gallant Frenchman with a taste for danger and women. But in the high-stakes role of secret agent Rosamund can't trust anyone, for if her true identity is revealed, she will be killed.
327 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:Hunger, a memoir of (my) body:2017
Author: Gay, Roxane
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corsair
Resource type: Physical
Note: In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health.
279 pages ; 24 cm (pbk)
1408341026
Paperback:Stargirl:2016
Author: Spinelli, Jerry
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orchard
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000 Stargirl Caraway arrives at Mica High and everything changes for Leo Borlock. At first everyone likes her nonconformist attitude, but when it starts to wear thin the students shun her. Not Leo, for he finds that he has fallen in love with her!
259 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552573450
Paperback:The hypnotist:2016
Author: Anholt, Laurence
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jack has left his native Ireland and is making a new life as Professor of Neurology at a university in the American South. He has skills in hypnotism and mind control, honed over his lifetime, that he mostly keeps hidden. Thirteen-year-old Pip is plucked out of an orphanage by a farmer, hired as a farm-hand, and as carer for the farmer's wife. But Pip is black. The farmer and his wife are white. And this is 1960s America, where race defines you and overshadows everything. As racial tensions reach boiling point, Jack and Pip's lives become inextricably linked.
341 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
147140739X
Paperback:To kill a kingdom:2018
Author: Christo, Alexandra
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most - a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian's heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby - it's his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she's more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good. But can he trust her?
400 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0007428545
Paperback:Game of thrones:2011:New pbk. ed.
Author: Martin, George R. R.
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in This is the first volume of a fantasy trilogy. It tells the tragic tale of treachery, greed and war that threatens the unity of the Seven Kingdoms. It is a powerful and absorbing epic in the style of Stephen Donaldson's 'The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant'. This is the first volume of a new fantasy trilogy. It tells the tragic tale of treachery, greed & war that threatens the unity of the Seven Kingdoms. It is a powerful & absorbing epic in the style of Stephen Donaldson's The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Originally published: London: Voyager, 1996
801 p., maps ; 20 cm (pbk)
0330450786
Paperback:Dark fire:2007
Author: Sansom, C. J.
Year 2007
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1540. Shardlake has been pulled, against his better judgement, into defending Elizabeth Wentworth, charged with murdering her cousin. He is powerless to help the girl, yet she is suddenly given a reprieve - courtesy of Cromwell. The cost of the reprieve to Shardlake is two weeks once again in his service. Originally published: London: Macmillan, 2004
580 p., 1 ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1785760378
Paperback:Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart, A Warm and Uplifting Rom Com:2016
Author: Bell, Anna
Year 2016
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
Resource type: Physical
432 (Pbk)
0470597429
eBook:Cloud computing for dummies:c2010
Author: Hurwitz, Judith
Year c2010
Language: English
Media class: eBook
Publisher: Wiley
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Description based on print version record. Electronic reproduction: Cleveland, Ohio: Overdrive, 2010? The easy way to understand and implement cloud computing technology written by a team of experts. Cloud computing can be difficult to understand at first, but the cost-saving possibilities are great and many companies are getting on board.
xxii, 310 p., ill.