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Large print:Love like blood:2017:Large print edition
Author: Billingham, Mark
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Clipper Large Print Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Little, Brown As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful. Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.
435 pages (large print). (pbk)
1489432590
DAISY:The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:2018
Author: Turton, Stuart
Author: Davies, Jot
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath.
15 CDs (16 hr., 42 min.) : digital, stereo (CDs)
1784758248
Paperback:Trump, The Art of the Deal:2016
Author: Trump, Donald
Author: Schwartz, Tony, 1952-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Random House, 1987 Here is Trump in action - how he runs his business and how he runs his life - as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and changes the face of the New York City skyline. But even a maverick plays by the rules, and Trump has formulated eleven guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest deals; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker's art. And throughout, Trump talks - really talks - about how he does it.
372 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473663725
Hardback:Camino Island:2017
Author: Grisham, John
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's only novels. After an initial flurry of arrests, both they and the ruthless gang of thieves who took them have vanished without trace. Dealing in stolen books is a dark business, and few are initiated to its arts - which puts Bruce Kable right on the FBI's Rare Asset Recovery Unit's watchlist. A struggling writer burdened by debts, Mercer Mann spent summers on Florida's idyllic Camino Island as a kid, in her grandmother's beach cottage. Now she is being made an offer she can't refuse: to return to the peace of the island, to write her novel - and get close to a certain infamous bookseller and his interesting collection of manuscripts.
290 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
178089709X
Hardback:The sentence is death:2018
Author: Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'What are you doing here? It's a bit late'. These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine - a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth 3,000, to be precise. Odd, considering he didn't drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man's many, many enemies did the deed? Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who's really getting rather good at this murder investigation business. But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realises that these secrets must be exposed - even at the risk of death.
375 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1405919213
Paperback:Liar liar:2015
Author: Arlidge, M. J.
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Faced with yet another ruthless serial killer, one with a penchant for pyromania, DI Helen Grace is an unwilling participant in a race against this new sadistic combatant.
441 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0439014573
Paperback:The adventures of Captain Underpants, an epic novel:2000
Author: Pilkey, Dav
Year 2000
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: U.S.: Scholastic, 1997 George and Harold have created the greatest super-hero in the history of their school and now they're about to bring him to life. Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even he doesn't know who he is. Primary
121p, ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1406242667
Paperback:Easy origami toys:2012
Author: Harbo, Christopher L.
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Raintree
Resource type: Physical
Note: Do you like to make clever paper toys? With a few simple folds you can make a basketball hoop, a royal crown, a mini piano and much more. Originally published: Mankato, Minn.: Capstone, 2011
24 p., col. ill. ; 26 cm (pbk)
1787330672
Hardback:21 lessons for the 21st century:2018
Author: Harari, Yuval N.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Sapiens' showed us where we came from. 'Homo Deus' looked to the future. '21 Lessons for the 21st Century' explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today's most urgent issues.
xv, 352 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1473610079
Paperback:Magna Carta, the true story behind the charter:2016
Author: Starkey, David
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: To mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, bestselling historian David Starkey explores the Magna Carta and its influence on Britain today. Originally published: 2015
285 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1472902963
Hardback:Atheists, the origin of the species:2014
Author: Spencer, Nick, 1973-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum
Resource type: Physical
Note: The clash between atheism and religion has become the defining battle of the 21st century. Books on and about atheism retain high profile and popularity, and atheist movements on both sides of the Atlantic capture headlines with high-profile campaigns and adverts. However, very little has been written on the history of atheism, and this book fills that conspicuous gap. Instead of treating atheism just as a philosophical or scientific idea about the non-existence of God, it places the movement in its proper social and political context.
224 pages ; 22 cm (hbk)
1509840095
Hardback:The moon sister, Tiggy's story:2018
Author: Riley, Lucinda
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: After the death of her father - Pa Salt, an elusive billionaire who adopted his six daughters from around the globe - Tiggy D'Apliese, trusting her instincts, moves to the remote wilds of Scotland. There she takes a job doing what she loves; caring for animals on the vast and isolated Kinnaird estate, employed by the enigmatic and troubled Laird, Charlie Kinnaird. Her decision alters her future irrevocably when Chilly, an ancient gipsy who has lived for years on the estate, tells her that not only does she possess a sixth sense, passed down from her ancestors, but it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home to Granada in Spain. In the shadow of the magnificent Alhambra, Tiggy discovers her connection to the fabled gypsy community of Sacromonte, who were forced to flee their homes during the civil war, and to 'La Candela' the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation.
741 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0593066863
Hardback:The shogun's queen:2016
Author: Downer, Lesley
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Japan, and the year is 1853. Growing up among the samurai of the Satsuma Clan, in Japan's deep south, the fiery, beautiful and headstrong Okatsu has - like all the clan's women - been encouraged to be bold, taught to wield the halberd, and to ride a horse.But when she is just seventeen, four black ships appear. Bristling with cannon and manned by strangers who to the Japanese eyes are barbarians, their appearance threatens Japan's very existence. And turns Okatsu's world upside down. Chosen by her feudal lord, she has been given a very special role to play. Given a new name - Princess Atsu - and a new destiny, she is the only one who can save the realm. Her journey takes her to Edo Castle, a place so secret that it cannot be marked on any map. There, sequestered in the Women's Palace - home to three thousand women, and where only one man may enter: the shogun - she seems doomed to live out her days.
478 pages, maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1471340856
Large print:The last wild:2013:Large print ed
Author: Torday, Piers, 1974-
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed
Publisher: Galaxy Plus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Quercus. In a world where animals no longer exist, 12-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. Originally published: London: Quercus
279p. - 1. - volume (large print) ; 22 cm (pbk)
1846167116
Paperback:Snap!:2010
Author: Mayo, Margaret
Author: Ayliffe, Alex
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orchard
Resource type: Physical
Note: Young children will love meeting all their favourite sea creatures in this lively picture book packed with snapping sharks, colourful octopuses, gliding whales, playful seals and lots more. Originally published: 2009 Preschool
[26] p., chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm (pbk)
0575090472
Paperback:On the steel breeze:2014
Author: Reynolds, Alastair, 1966-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Gollancz
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code Originally published: 2013 The Akinya family have not finished with space. Their destiny still lies with the stars, however they get there, whichever of them make it. And the Mechanism has not finished with the Akinyas.
517 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1472255879
Paperback:The wedding date:2018
Author: Guillory, Jasmine
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Resource type: Physical
Note: Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend. After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other. They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century - or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want.
310 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
140888951X
Paperback:The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:2018
Author: Turton, Stuart
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Raven Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath.
507 pages, illustration (black and white), map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)