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Large print:Eileen:2017:Large print edition
Author: Moshfegh, Ottessa
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Ulverscroft
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Vintage, 2016 The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's carer in his squalid home and her day job as a secretary at the boys' prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a handsome prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father's messes. When the beautiful, charismatic Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counsellor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted and unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship.
342 pages (large print) ; 23 cm (pbk)
0349414939
Hardback:Year one:2017
Author: Roberts, Nora
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: With one drop of blood, the old world is gone for ever. And in its place, something extraordinary begins. They call it The Doom - a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year's Eve in the Scottish countryside. There's something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities. Lana, a New York chef, has the power to move things and people with her will. Fred can summon light in the darkness. Jonah, a paramedic, sees snatches of the future in those he touches. Katie gives birth to twins, and suspects that she has brought fresh magic into the world, along with new life. But The Doom affects people differently. Along with the light, a dark and terrifying magic will also rise.
419 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
0755322800
Paperback:Neverwhere, the author's preferred text:2005
Author: Gaiman, Neil
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. Originally published: London: BBC, 1996. Originally published: London: BBC, 1996 Introduction to this text, Neverwhere, An altogether different prologue, An interview with Neil Gaiman, Reading-group discussion questions Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London.
372 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1847441777
Hardback:Shatter:2008
Author: Robotham, Michael, 1960-
Year 2008
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this novel, Joe O'Loughlin from Michael Robotham's bestselling debut 'The Suspect' returns to face a terrifying opponent.
466 p. ; 25 cm (hbk)
1473823811
Hardback:Churchill's last wartime secret, the 1943 German raid airbrushed from history:2016
Author: Searle, Adrian, 1949-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code It's been a state secret for more than 70 years: the official line in the UK has always been that it never happened - but this book challenges the assertion that no German force set foot on British soil during World War Two (the Channel Islands excepted), on active military service. Adrian Searle reveals the remarkable story of a mid-war seaborne enemy raid on an Isle of Wight radar station. He describes the purpose and scope of the attack, the composition of the raiding German force and how it was immediately, and understandably, 'hushed-up' by Winston Churchill's wartime administration, in order to safeguard public morale.
x, 180 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1784701343
Paperback:A rising man:2017
Author: Mukherjee, Abir
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2016 India, 1919. Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj. A senior official has been murdered, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India - or else.
386 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
147367249X
Hardback:The mercy seat:2018
Author: Winthrop, Elizabeth Hartley, 1979-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: As the sun begins to set over Louisiana one October day in 1943, a young black man faces the final hours of his life: at midnight, 18-year-old Willie Jones will be executed by electric chair for raping a white girl - a crime some believe he did not commit. In a tale taut with tension, events unfold hour by hour from the perspectives of nine people involved. They include Willie himself, who knows what really happened, and his father, desperately trying to reach the town jail to see his son one last time; the prosecuting lawyer, haunted by being forced to seek the death penalty against his convictions, and his wife, who believes Willie to be innocent; the priest who has become a friend to Willie; and a mother whose only son is fighting in the Pacific, bent on befriending her black neighbours in defiance of her husband.
258 pages ; 21 cm (hbk)
1471175758
Hardback:In pieces, a memoir:2018
Author: Field, Sally
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Sally Field is one of the most celebrated, beloved and enduring actors of our time, and now she tells her story in this intimate and haunting literary memoir. In her own words, she writes about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.
viii, 404 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1405268395
Hardback:Minecraft : the official beginner's handbook:2013
Author: Milton, Stephanie
Author: Mojang
Author: Soares, Paul
Author: Maron, Jordan
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
Note: You're alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do? The handbook might just save your life. Learn how to make a shelter, find resources, craft tools, armour and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters. With tip. You're alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do? The handbook might just save your life. Learn how to make a shelter, find resources, craft tools, armour and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters. With tips from Minecraft experts, as well as creator Notch himself, this is the definitive guide to how to survive your first few days in Minecraft.
79 p, illus ; 20 cm (pbk)
1785413473
Large print:The woman in blue:2018:Large print edition
Author: Griffiths, Elly
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: ISIS
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Ruth's friend Cathbad sees a vision of the Virgin Mary, in a white gown and blue cloak, in the graveyard next to the cottage he is house-sitting, he takes it in his stride. Walsingham has strong connections to Mary, and Cathbad is a druid after all; visions come with the job. But when the body of a woman in a blue dressing-gown is found dead the next day in a nearby ditch, it is clear Cathbad's vision was all too human, and that a horrible crime has been committed. DCI Nelson and his team are called in for the murder investigation, and soon establish that the dead woman was a recovering addict being treated at a nearby private hospital. Ruth, a devout atheist, has managed to avoid Walsingham during her 17 years in Norfolk. But then an old university friend, Hilary Smithson, asks to meet her in the village, and Ruth is amazed to discover that her friend is now a priest.
402 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (pbk)
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Hardback:Between us:2016
Author: Andre, Peter, 1973-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: With his easy charm, down-to-earth personality and natural good looks, it's no wonder that Peter Andre has legions of fans across the globe. Whilst once best known for producing chart-topping pop songs, selling millions of records worldwide and performing sell-out venues all over the world, in recent years he has shown himself to be a man of divers. With his easy charm, down-to-earth personality and natural good looks, it's no wonder that Peter Andre has legions of fans across the globe. Whilst once best known for producing chart-topping pop songs, selling millions of records worldwide and performing sell-out venues all over the world, in recent years he has shown himself to be a man of diverse talents. From presenting television shows to mastering ballroom dancing on 'Strictly Come Dancing'; from launching a successful coffee shop business to the work he does for charities close to his heart. In this warm and intimate book, Peter invites you to take a look behind the scenes of his incredible life. He'll talk about the highs and lows he has experienced.
253 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 26 cm (hbk)
0349118973
Paperback:44 Scotland Street:2005
Author: McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Author: McIntosh, Iain
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh. With its multiple-occupancy flats, Scotland Street is an interesting corner of the New Town, verging on the Bohemian, where haute bourgeoisie rub shoulders with students and the more colourful members of the intelligentsia. Originally published: Edinburgh: Polygon
x, 326 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0091887585
Paperback:Taking charge of your fertility, the definitive guide to natural birth control, pregnancy achievement, and reproductive health:2003:Rev. ed
Author: Weschler, Toni
Year 2003
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Rev. ed
Publisher: Vermilion
Resource type: Physical
Note: This ed. originally published: New York: HarperCollins, 2002. Weschler explains the Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to maximise your chances of conception before you see a doctor, or expedite your fertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to pregnancy achievement. This ed. originally published: New York: HarperCollins, 2002 Includes bibliographical references and index Includes index
xxi, 461 p., ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm (pbk)
1847808247
Hardback:Destination - space:2016
Author: Englert, Christoph, 1981-
Author: Cole, Tom Clohosy
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Resource type: Physical
Note: Journey through our local solar system and learn about everything you encounter, including the history of our universe. Written by astrophysics professor Dr Christoph Englert and illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole, this physics-made-fun title is packed with facts, and provides the perfect introduction to space.
40 unnumbered pages, illustrations (colour) ; 31 cm + 1 poster (hbk)
1510102086
Paperback:Running on the roof of the world:2017
Author: Butterworth, Jess
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: There are two words that are banned in Tibet. Two words that can get you locked in prison without a second thought. I watch the soldiers tramping away and call the words after them. 'Dalai Lama'. Tash has to follow many rules to survive in Tibet, a country occupied by Chinese soldiers. But when a man sets himself on fire in protest and soldiers seize Tash's parents, she and her best friend Sam must break the rules. They are determined to escape Tibet - and seek the help of the Dalai Lama himself in India. And so, with a backpack of Tash's father's mysterious papers and two trusty yaks by their side, their extraordinary journey across the mountains begins.
280 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0571317952
Paperback:Perijee & me:2016
Author: Montgomery, Ross, (Fiction writer)
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: When 11-year-old Caitlin discovers a shrimp-like alien creature on the shores of her island home, she takes responsibility for teaching it about the world. Mostly, this just involved stopping little Perijee from eating everything! Caitlin becomes increasingly close to her alien friend, treating him like a brother. There's only one problem - Perijee won't stop growing. Then the authorities try to hunt him down and through his fear, Perijee disappears and starts causing trouble. Caitlin must leave home and travel across the country to try and convince Perijee to stop destroying everything before it's too late.
233 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552575798
Paperback:The empty grave:2017
Author: Stroud, Jonathan
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: After their recent adventures, the Lockwood & Co team deserve a well-earned break, so naturally they decide to risk their lives breaking into a heavily-guarded crypt. A building full of unsettled souls, it's also the final resting place of Marissa Fittes, the legendary and (supposedly) long dead ghost hunter. What they discover their will change everything.So begins a race to get to the truth behind 'the Problem', and an epic struggle against the Fittes agency. A struggle that will pit the team against the most terrifying enemy they have ever faced. Not even the dead will survive unscathed.
547 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1782117024
Hardback:Dragon's green:2017
Author: Thomas, Scarlett
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Effie Truelove is a new pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange, with its twisted grey spires and an English teacher so frightening she gives the class nightmares. When her beloved grandfather is brutally attacked, Effie promises to look after his magical books. But then shady book-collector Leonard Levar gets his hands on them and Effie has to embark on the most dangerous adventure of her life.
343 pages ; 21 cm (hbk)