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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.
0545935172
Hardback:Lord of the fleas:2018:First edition
Author: Pilkey, Dav, 1966-
Author: Garibaldi, Jose
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Edition: First edition
Publisher: Graphix
Resource type: Physical
Note: There's a new bunch of baddies in town, and they have something sinister in store for Petey the Cat. Once again, Dog Man is called into action! With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, the Supa Buddies must join forces with the most unlikely of heroes to save the day.
251 pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 22 cm (hbk)
1406371807
Hardback:Entangled with the Egyptians!:2017
Author: Northfield, Gary, 1969-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: After being shipwrecked on the shores of Egypt and mistaken for a Horse God, Julius can't believe his luck! Soon he and his bedraggled friends will be living it up in the city of Alexandria; preened and pampered like gods. Then a fancy boat procession will take them down the River Nile to Giza where, of course, a lavish party will be thrown in Julius's honour - as well as getting the obligatory tour of the Pyramids. BUT it is this very tour that seems to signal the end to their glorious fortunes in Egypt. On a visit to the Tomb of Cleopatra, Felix is unable to resist a rather lovely looking treasure for his rock collection. He pockets the jewel and immediately a curse falls upon the group. And so the ridiculous adventure begins where Julius fights for his life as the Egyptians come to unravel the truth and realise that he is not quite what they thought he was.
illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
1908974028
Paperback:Planting plans for your kitchen garden, how to create a vegetable, herb and fruit garden in easy stages:2013
Author: Farrell, Holly
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Spring Hill
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Planting Plans for Your Kitchen Garden' gives you all you need to turn your back garden into a productive paradise with modular planting plans for simple beds of vegetables, herbs, fruit and cut flowers. You can also mix and match the beds to create your own kitchen garden or allotment.
x, 181 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 25 cm (pbk)
1509866507
Paperback:In a country garden:2018
Author: Haran, Maeve
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Lifelong friends Claudia, Ella, Laura, and Sal celebrated 60 as the new 40, determined not to let age change things. But now they are looking at the future and wondering how to make growing old more fun. Why not live together and have sunny afternoons on the lawn, helping and supporting each other when any of them need it - and still keep enjoying life? Joined by Claudia's reluctant husband and Sal's energetic new fiance, they ignore the protests of their children and pool their resources in a lovely manor house in the country. Only Laura holds out, determined she still has some living to do, especially now she has met the dashing Gavin through an online dating app. But life still has plenty of surprises in store plus a little romance in what the locals dub a New Age Old Age Commune.
416 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1910080624
Paperback:Hope:2017
Author: Ivory, Rhian
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Firefly
Resource type: Physical
Note: The summer between school and sixth form college. When Hope doesn't get into drama college, and her friends do, all her plans fall apart. She's struggling with anger, grief for her father and a sense that her own body is against her. She meets Reilly on the ferry and his texts give her someone to talk to. But this isn't a story about a boy fixing everything. It's about trying new things, having the courage to ask for help and that when things seem to be all over, that might be just the beginning.
291 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473553032
eBook:Texas Ranger:2018
Author: Patterson, James, 1947-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: eBook
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Description based on CIP data; resource not viewed. Officer Rory Yates comes home - to a murder chargeRory Yates's skill and commitment to the badge have seen him rise to the rank of Texas Ranger. He decides to take time off to recharge with his family in their small-town hometown, Redbud. He arrives and finds a horrifying crime scene and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act ever was deciding to end her marriage to a Ranger. At Anne's funeral, Yates has questions for her new husband, Calvin Richards, that no one else seems to be asking. The investigation is out of his jurisdiction, and he's a chief suspect, but Rory's need to learn what happened - for himself, for Anne - breaks all boundaries. He risks his badge, his pride, his reputation among everyone he loves to pursue the only thing that matters.
1 online resource (480 pages) (ePub ebook)
0099591065
Paperback:The Slaughter Man:2016
Author: Parsons, Tony, 1953-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: On New Year's Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London, their youngest child stolen away. The murder weapon - a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered - leads Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard's Black Museum devoted to a killer who - 30 years ago - was known as. Originally published: London: Century, 2015 On New Year's Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London, their youngest child stolen away. The murder weapon - a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered - leads Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard's Black Museum devoted to a killer who - 30 years ago - was known as the Slaughter Man. But the Slaughter Man has done his time, and is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game?
374 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0224089056
Hardback:The Green Road:2015
Author: Enright, Anne
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she's decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that. The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she's decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold. A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland's Atlantic coast, 'The Green Road' is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion - a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them.
309 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:Birdcage
Author: Aslet, Clive
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Publisher Unknown
Resource type: Physical
0007279043
Paperback:The boy in the dress:2009
Author: Walliams, David
Author: Blake, Quentin
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2008 This is the debut children's novel from David Walliams, co-creator and co-star of the multi-award-winning Little Britain. Dennis lives in a boring house in a boring street in a boring town. But he's about to find out that when you open your mind, life becomes anything but boring.
231 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241330335
Hardback:Banana!:2018
Author: Vere, Ed
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2007 Getting what you want can be tricky, especially if you don't ask in quite the right way. Follow one little monkey's journey through many emotions as he tries every trick in the book to get hold of his friend's banana, until he finally hits on the magic word - please!
24 pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 18 cm (hbk)
147221580X
Hardback:The blood of kings:2015
Author: Hume, M. K.
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Flavius Magnus Maximus, a man of great ability and enormous charm, is hailed as one of the most influential Roman officers in Britain. When he befriends Caradoc Strong Arm, the King of the Dumnonii Tribe in Tintagel, he gains an understanding of the disunity that exists between the tribal kings of Britain and thus an ambitious plan ignites within h. Flavius Magnus Maximus, a man of great ability and enormous charm, is hailed as one of the most influential Roman officers in Britain. When he befriends Caradoc Strong Arm, the King of the Dumnonii Tribe in Tintagel, he gains an understanding of the disunity that exists between the tribal kings of Britain and thus an ambitious plan ignites within his mind ...
xxv, 512 pages, maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0224097008
Hardback:H is for hawk:2014
Author: Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark grail.' As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and rea. 'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark grail.' As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T.H. White's tortured masterpiece, 'The Goshawk', which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. This book is a record of a spiritual journey - an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk's taming and her own untaming.
300 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1509838112
Paperback:The Greek escape:2018
Author: Swan, Karen, (Writer)
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Before every new beginning, there must be an ending. Running from heartbreak, Chloe Marston leaves her old life in London for a fresh start in New York. Working at a luxury concierge company, she makes other people's lives run perfectly, even if her own has ground to a halt. But a terrible accident forces her to step into a new role, up close and personal with the company's most esteemed and powerful clients. Charismatic Joe Lincoln is one of them and his every wish is her command, so when he asks her to find him a secluded holiday home in the Greek Islands, she sets about sourcing the perfect retreat. But when Tom, her ex, unexpectedly shows up in Manhattan and the stability of her new life is thrown off-balance again, she jumps at the chance to help Joe inspect the holiday house; escaping to Greece will give her the time and space to decide where her future truly lies.
420 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1448195489
eBook:Wonder:2014
Author: Palacio, R. J.
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: eBook
Publisher: RHCP Digital
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Description based on CIP data; resource not viewed. A brand-new, exclusive chapter from the bestselling, award-winning and critically acclaimed novel 'Wonder'. This is bully Julian's side of the story.
1 online resource (ePub ebook)
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)