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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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0115534210
Paperback:The Official DVSA Theory Test for:2015
Author: Driver and Vehicle
Year 2015
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: TSO
Resource type: Physical
1409145549
Hardback:The late show:2017
Author: Connelly, Michael, 1956-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: A compelling thriller introducing a driven, young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD. Renee Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job - no matter what the department throws at her.
405 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0241004969
Hardback:Trouble in paradise, communism after the end of history:2014
Author: Zizek, Slavoj
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Allen Lane
Resource type: Physical
Note: In 'Trouble in Paradise', Slavoj Zizek, one of our most famous, most combative philosophers, explains how by drawing on the ideas of communism, we can find a way out of the crisis of capitalism.
208 pages ; 22 cm (hbk)
0552166618
Paperback:Equal rites, a Discworld novel:2012
Author: Pratchett, Terry
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Gollancz, 1986. A wizard predicts his own death and readies himself for the traditional transfer of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. The snag is that the eighth son is a daughter and women can't be wizards. Originally published: London: Gollancz, 1987
284 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
055216660X
Paperback:The light fantastic:2012
Author: Pratchett, Terry
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1986. As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld has one possible saviour. Unfortunately, this happens to be the singularly inept Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world. Originally published: Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1986
284 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444834444
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)
1847370292
Hardback:The secret:2006
Author: Byrne, Rhonda
Year 2006
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this book, readers will learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of life - money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction they have in the world.
xv, 184 p. ; 19 cm (hbk)
MM00194044
DVD:Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3, Dog Days:2012
Author: Bowers, David
Author: Bowers, David
Author: Harris, Rachael
Author: Zahn, Steve, 1968-
Author: List, Peyton
Author: Kinney, Jeff
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: DVD
Publisher: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Resource type: Physical
Note: Region 2, 1 disc(s), Interactive menus, Ratio (1:2.35 CinemaScope), Enhanced for WideScreen TV, Languages (English), Sound (Dolby Digital 5.1), Subtitles for hard of hearing (English), Audio Description Made in 2012. Based on the novel by Jeff Kinney. Credits: director photography, Anthony B. Richmond. DVDN. Family comedy based on the fourth book in the 'Wimpy Kid' series by author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney. Greg (Zachary Gordon) is having his worst summer ever. A self-confessed 'indoor person', all he wants to do is spend his holidays playing computer games in his room with the curtains drawn. But his mother has other ideas, and packs him off with his best friend, Rowley (Robert Capron), to stay at a country club, where - to Greg's horror - outdoor activites and family bonding are the order of the day. Made in 2012 BBFC code: U
1. - videodisc(94 min.), col.