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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)
1780288360
Paperback:I met a monk, 8 weeks to happiness, freedom and peace:2015
Author: Elliot, Rose
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Watkins
Resource type: Physical
Note: Pioneering vegetarian food writer Rose Elliot hones her characteristically warm and engaging narrative style to share her fascinating introduction to Buddhism. Having never truly been convinced on the idea of single, specific, spiritual practice - despite an unusual childhood growing up in a commune and as a granddaughter of a Medium - Rose discove. Pioneering vegetarian food writer Rose Elliot hones her characteristically warm and engaging narrative style to share her fascinating introduction to Buddhism. Having never truly been convinced on the idea of single, specific, spiritual practice - despite an unusual childhood growing up in a commune and as a granddaughter of a Medium - Rose discovered Buddhism much later on in her life and now she shares her positive experience and how it may benefit you, too. Part autobiography, part self-help book, 'I Met a Monk' forms a series of workshops, structured into eight chapters that cover the weekly discussions held between a Buddhist monk, Rose, and a group of men and women, including a student, a hairdresser, a doctor and a grandmother, where they talk about the Buddhist way to finding happiness, freedom and peace.
313 pages ; 21 cm (pbk)
024197206X
Paperback:A mindfulness guide for the frazzled:2016
Author: Wax, Ruby, 1953-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Life
Resource type: Physical
Note: 500 years ago no-one died of stress: we have invented this concept and now we let it rule us. Rest has become a dirty word, and our idea of satisfaction is answering the last email. We're sleepwalking through our own lives. Ruby Wax shows us how to wake up from this stupor with a scientific solution to modern problems: mindfulness. Outrageously witty, smart and accessible, Ruby Wax shows ordinary people how and why to change for good.
259 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
147125688X
Large print:Sane new world, taming the mind:2014:Large print ed
Author: Wax, Ruby, 1953-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2013 Comedian, writer and mental health campaigner shows us why and how our minds can send us mad and how we can rewire our thinking, especially through mindfulness, to calm ourselves in a frenetic world.
304 pages (large print), illustrations (black and white) (pbk)
0241298199
Hardback:The things you can see only when you slow down, how to be calm in a busy world:2017
Author: Sunim, Haemin
Author: Kim, Chi-Young
Author: Lee, Youngcheol
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Penguin Life
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Korean This translation originally published: New York: Penguin Books In this timely guide to mindfulness, Haemin Sunim, a Buddhist monk born in Korea and educated in the United States, offers advice on everything from handling setbacks to dealing with rest and relationships, in a beautiful book combining his teachings with calming full-colour illustrations. Haemin Sunim's simple messages - which he first wrote when he responded to requests for advice on social media - speak directly to the anxieties that have become part of modern life and remind us of the strength and joy that come from slowing down.
265 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 19 cm (hbk)
1847092357
Paperback:Depressive illness, the curse of the strong:2012:3rd ed
Author: Cantopher, Tim
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: 3rd ed
Publisher: Sheldon
Resource type: Physical
Note: In contrast to many books on depression, this text takes the view that those most susceptible to depression are people with strong personalities. The work explains the cause of depression and how it can be treated - by taking care of yourself, antidepressant treatments and talking to others. Previous ed.: 2006
x, 118 p., ill. ; 22 cm (pbk)
0349416729
Paperback:Judgment road:2018
Author: Feehan, Christine
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford - until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin. Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat. Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want - and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club - his heart and his soul.
426 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0571277004
Hardback:Days without end, a novel:2016
Author: Barry, Sebastian, 1955-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Having signed up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in.
259 pages, map (colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0340752467
Paperback:The shell seekers:2005
Author: Pilcher, Rosamunde
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life, yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old age. Now she is faced with a decision which could tear her family apart. Originally published: London: New English Library, 1988 Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life, yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old age. Now she is faced with a decision which could tear her family apart. Originally published: London: New English Library, 1988
671 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
Paperback
1784295906
Paperback:The hanging girl:2016
Author: Adler-Olsen, Jussi
Author: Frost, William, 1978-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Danish This translation originally published: 2015 In the middle of a hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Morck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive at first, but then he receives some shocking news. Carl then has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious 17-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree. The investigation will take them from the remote island of Bornholm to a hidden cult, where Carl and his assistants must stop a string of new murders by a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything, or anyone, get in the way.
596 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471139700
Hardback:The truth and other lies:2015
Author: Arango, Sascha, 1959-
Author: Taylor, Imogen
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the German Radio tie-in From the outside, Henry Hayden has a perfect life: he's a famous novelist with more money than he can spend, a grand house in the country, a loyal, clever wife. But Henry has a dark side. If only the readers and critics who worship his every word knew that his success depends on a carefully maintained lie. A lie he will stop at nothing to protect. He has been lucky, but one day his luck must surely run out, and he simply can't allow that to happen. In thrall to paranoia and self-interest, Henry makes a fatal error that could cause the whole dream to unravel and land him in the gutter, and despite his most machiavellian efforts, events swiftly spin out of control as lie is heaped upon lie, menace upon menace. And it turns out that those around him have their secrets too.
342 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1509836071
Paperback:The fat-loss plan:2017
Author: Wicks, Joe
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bluebird Books for Life
Resource type: Physical
Note: Joe Wicks is back with another instalment of 100 brand-new delicious recipes and speedy, effective workouts. 'The Fat-Loss Plan' shows how to adopt a lean lifestyle in a way that suits you. Inside the book is a combination of reduced carb, post workout and snacks and sweet treat recipes - all incredibly tasty and easy to make in 15 minutes flat. Thanks to sample weekly plans and ingredients lists, Joe makes it simple for you to prep like a boss and eat well every day of the week.
239 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 25 cm (pbk)
1405911662
Paperback:The husband's secret:2013
Author: Moriarty, Liane
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive!
406 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
085752531X
Hardback:Home:2018
Author: Berriman, Amanda
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jesika is four and a half. She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn't draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window. And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby. She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby's cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.
343 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0192744259
Paperback:Bond 11+:2016
Author: Hughes, Michellejoy
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bond practice test papers are specifically designed with the CEM (Durham University) test preparation in mind, but they are also suitable for any 11+ exam. The mixed-subject test paper format helps build confidence in key areas.
88 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 30 cm (pbk)