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Paperback:An artist of the floating world:2016:30th aniversary edition
Author: Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: 30th aniversary edition
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 1986 Originally published: 1986 The year is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of WW2. Masuji Ono, the celebrated painter, reflects on a life and career touched by the rise of Japanese militarism.
xiii, 206 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1911214217
Hardback:Midwinter break:2017
Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar - but over the course of the four days we discover the deep uncertainties which exist between them. Gerry, once an architect, is forgetful and set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle, worried about their marriage and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith. Things are not helped by memories which have begun to resurface of a troubled time in their native Ireland. As their midwinter break comes to an end, we understand how far apart they are - and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves.
242 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0571338836
Hardback:A long way from home:2018
Author: Carey, Peter, 1943-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Australia: Penguin Random House, 2017 Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together with Willie, their lanky navigator, they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive.
359 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0857524704
Hardback:A dangerous crossing:2017
Author: Rhys, Rachel, 1963-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1939, Europe on the brink of war. Lily Shepherd leaves England on an ocean liner for Australia, escaping her life of drudgery for new horizons. She is instantly seduced by the world onboard: cocktails, black-tie balls and beautiful sunsets. Suddenly, Lily finds herself mingling with people who would otherwise never give her the time of day. But soon she realizes her glamorous new friends are not what they seem. The rich and hedonistic Max and Eliza Campbell, mysterious and flirtatious Edward, and fascist George are all running away from tragedy and scandal even greater than her own. By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and life will never be the same again.
366 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0297870785
Paperback:Richard III, brother, protector, king:2017
Author: Skidmore, Chris, 1981-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the first full biography of Richard III for 50 years, Chris Skidmore draws on new manuscript evidence to reassess Richard's life and times.
xvii, 432 pages, 16 unnumbered pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0008224560
Hardback:The light we lost:2017
Author: Santopolo, Jill
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HQ
Resource type: Physical
Note: 11th September 2001. Lucy and Gabe meet at Columbia University on a day that will change their lives - and the world - forever. And as the city burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time. Over the next 13 years they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It's a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness - and above all, love. And as Lucy is faced with a decision she thought she'd never have to make, she wonders whether their love is a matter of destiny, or chance. What if they should have been living a different life all along?
321 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0552778095
Paperback:The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry:2013
Author: Joyce, Rachel
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else's life. Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2012
364 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008243344
DAISY:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine:2017
Author: Honeyman, Gail
Author: McCarron, Cathleen
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Publisher: Clipper Audiobooks
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life.
10 CDs (675 min.) : digital, stereo (CDs)
191070248X
Hardback:Dalila:2017
Author: Donald, Jason
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: Irene Dalila Mwathi comes from Kenya with a brutally violent personal history. Once she wanted to be a journalist, now all she wants is to be safe. When she finally arrives, bewildered, in London, she is attacked by the very people paid to protect her, and she has no choice but to step out on her own into this strange new world. Through a dizzying array of interviews, lawyer's meetings, regulations and detention centres, she realises that what she faces may be no less dangerous than the violence she has fled.
353 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1408711400
Hardback:Fire and fury, inside the Trump White House:2018
Author: Wolff, Michael, 1953-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
Note: With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time. The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.
xi, 321 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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1408864541
Paperback:Thatcher stole my trousers:2016
Author: Sayle, Alexei
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: In 1971 comedians on the working men's club circuit imagined that they would be free to go on telling their tired, racist, misogynistic gags forever, but a 19-year-old Marxist art student with a bizarre concern for the health of British manufacturing was slowly coming to meet them. Through the next decade Alexei Sayle would be a student at Chelsea Art School, a clerk in a DHSS office, one of London's bottom ten freelance illustrators, a school dinner lady and a college lecturer, before he became the original MC of the Comedy Store. 'Thatcher Stole My Trousers' is the story of Alexei's rise to fame.
324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1786480298
Hardback:The girl before:2017
Author: Delaney, J. P.
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Ballantine Books Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.
407 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0008158096
eBook:Pax:2016
Pax
Author: Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-
Author: Klassen, Jon
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: eBook
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Description based on CIP data; item not viewed. Pax was only a kit when his family was killed and he was rescued by 'his boy', Peter. Now the country is at war and when his father enlists, Peter has no choice but to move in with his grandfather. Far worse than leaving home is the fact that he has to leave Pax behind. But before Peter spends even one night under his grandfather's roof he sneaks out into the night, determined to find his beloved friend. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their journeys back to each other as war rampages throughout the country.
1 online resource (304 pages) (ePub ebook)
1510018069
Large print:The silent boy:2016:Large print ed
Author: Taylor, Andrew, 1951 October 14-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed
Publisher: Clipper Large Print Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014 Paris, 1792. Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution. The streets run with blood as thousands lose their heads to the guillotine. Edward Savill, working in London as agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife Augusta has been killed in France. She leaves behind ten-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court, a house in the country leased by a group of emigre refugees. Savill is sent to retrieve the boy, though it proves easier to reach Charnwood than to leave. And only when Savill arrives there does he discover that Charles is mute. The boy has witnessed horrors beyond his years, but what terrible secret haunts him so deeply that he is unable to utter a word?
496 pages (large print) (pbk)
1405282908
Paperback:The midnight peacock:2017
Author: Woodfine, Katherine
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
Note: The festive season has come to Sinclair's, and Sophie and Lil are spending the holidays at snowy Winter Hall. But it turns out that this is no ordinary house party. As sinister secrets come to light, our intrepid heroines find themselves faced with a more baffling mystery than ever before! With the help of their friends, can they uncover the truth in time to foil a truly diabolical plot? Or will Mr Sinclair's New Year's Eve Midnight Peacock Ball spell disaster for the dauntless young detectives?
334 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
184983816X
Paperback:The girl from Venice:2017
Author: Smith, Martin Cruz, 1942-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 Cenzo is a world-weary fisherman, determined to sit out the rest of the war. He's happy to stay out of the way of the SS, quietly going about his business of fishing in the lagoons of northern Italy. Then one night, instead of pulling in his usual haul, Cenzo fishes a young woman out of the canal. Giulia is an Italian Jew who has managed to escape capture and is determined to find her family. This meeting results in them both taking an entirely unexpected journey, and Cenzo suddenly finds himself thrown headlong into the world of international wartime politics, where everyone has their own agenda and nowhere is safe.
308 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1908524367
Paperback:A cut-like wound:2014
Author: Nair, Anita
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's the first day of Ramadan in heat-soaked Bangalore. A young man begins to dress: makeup, a sari, and expensive pearl earrings. Before the mirror he is transformed into Bhuvana. She is a hijra, a transgender seeking love in the bazaars of the city. A passing man notices Bhuvana, but someone points out that she is no woman. The interloper's throat is cut. Inspector Borei Gowda must investigate.
364 pages (pbk)
0751553646
Paperback:Upon a dark night:2014
Author: Lovesey, Peter
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 1997 A young woman emerges from a coma. Who is she, and why was she dumped unconscious in a hospital car park upon a dark night? She is unable to recall anything, even her name. Then Ada Shaftsbury, a boisterous shoplifter she meets in a homeless hostel, takes up her cause and names her Rose. Peter Diamond is already investigating a suspicious death - a woman has plunged from the roof of Bath's Royal Crescent during a party and none of the guests seem to know who she is. Badgered by Ada and galvanised by another gruesome death, Diamond takes on the case, and is soon forced to admit that Rose is the key. But she has disappeared and Diamond's own dark night is just beginning.
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