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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)
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)
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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)
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Paperback:Traditional textiles of Central Asia:1997
Author: Harvey, Janet
Year 1997
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 1996. Since the 1960s, Janet Harvey has travelled widely in Central Asia to research the tradition of textile manufacture in the area. Drawing on that research, she explores here the materials, dyes and looms, and types of objects used and made. Originally published: 1996 Includes bibliographical references and index
160 p., ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 30 cm (pbk)
Paperback
1406371688
Hardback:Lucky button:2017
Author: Morpurgo, Michael
Author: Foreman, Michael, 1938-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music.
168 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0008204853
Hardback:Reservoir 13:2017
Author: McGregor, Jon, 1976-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: 4th Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must.
327 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1405918543
Hardback:Spectacles:2015
Author: Perkins, Sue, 1969-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: Sue Perkins has been charming the nation with her own unique brand of wit since the mid-90s. Alongside long-term presenting partner Mel Giedroyc, she has worked on numerous television projects including BBC1's phenomenally successful 'The Great British Bake Off'. however, punning about buns is just one string to Sue's substantial broadcasting bow. Sue Perkins has been charming the nation with her own unique brand of wit since the mid-90s. Alongside long-term presenting partner Mel Giedroyc, she has worked on numerous television projects including BBC1's phenomenally successful 'The Great British Bake Off'. However, punning about buns is just one string to Sue's substantial broadcasting bow. She also regularly pops up on the nation's favourite television and radio panel shows and has sold out two stand-up tours. This is her memoir.
377 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm (hbk)
1405918551
Paperback:Spectacles:2016
Author: Perkins, Sue
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Sue Perkins has been charming the nation with her own unique brand of wit since the mid-90s. Alongside long-term presenting partner Mel Giedroyc, she has worked on numerous television projects including BBC1's phenomenally successful 'The Great British Bake Off'. However, punning about buns is just one string to Sue's substantial broadcasting bow. Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 2015 Sue Perkins has been charming the nation with her own unique brand of wit since the mid-90s. Alongside long-term presenting partner Mel Giedroyc, she has worked on numerous television projects including BBC1's phenomenally successful 'The Great British Bake Off'. However, punning about buns is just one string to Sue's substantial broadcasting bow. She also regularly pops up on the nation's favourite television and radio panel shows and has sold out two stand-up tours. This is her memoir.
441 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1455522872
Paperback:What a wicked earl wants:2013
Author: Dreiling, Vicky
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Forever
Resource type: Physical
Note: Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham, believes in being a gentleman, whether it's fishing a soggy stranger out of the Thames or assisting a fetching lady into his bed. If the stranger becomes a friend and the lady a mistress, all the better. He certainly welcomes the opportunity to help Laura Davenport, a dazzling young widow with a rebellious stepson. Her gratitude, he hopes, will take an amorous form. But from the moment he sets foot in her drawing room, he gets far more than he bargained for.
400 pages. (pbk)
1455522880
Paperback:What a reckless rogue needs:2014
Author: Dreiling, Vicky
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Forever
Resource type: Physical
Note: Vicky Dreiling presents the second book in her 'Sinful Scoundrels' series, featuring Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, and Lady Angeline.
400 pages ; 18 cm (pbk)
1455522910
Paperback:What a devilish Duke desires:2015
Author: Dreiling, Vicky
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Forever
Resource type: Physical
375p ; 17cm (pbk)