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Hardback:Rosie, scenes from a vanished life:2018
Author: Tremain, Rose
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Rose Tremain grew up in post-war London, a city of grey austerity, still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. The girl known then as 'Rosie' and her sister Jo spent their days longing for their grandparents' farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside, a green paradise of feasts and freedom, where they could at last roam and dream. But when Rosie is ten years old, everything changes. She and Jo lose their father, their London house, their school, their friends, and - most agonisingly of all - their beloved Nanny, Vera, the only adult to have shown them real love and affection. Briskly dispatched to a freezing boarding-school in Hertfordshire, they once again feel like imprisoned castaways. But slowly the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold world of the Fifties, into a place of inspiration and mischief, of loving friendships and dedicated teachers.
210 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
0751573051
Hardback:Three little lies:2018
Author: Marshall, Laura
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Sasha North comes into Ellen's life, Ellen falls under her spell. As Ellen is welcomed into Sasha's family, she doesn't see the darkness that lies beneath their bohemian lifestyle. Not until a brutal attack changes all their lives forever. Ten years later, Ellen and Sasha share a flat in London, still bound together by that night. When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. The police won't take her seriously, but the events of the past give Ellen good reason to be frightened. What really happened that night? Who is telling the whole truth? These are the questions Ellen must confront when searching for her friend. But someone knows Ellen is looking. And they don't want the answers coming out.
372 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
1473668999
Hardback:The wisdom of Sally Red Shoes:2018
Author: Hogan, Ruth, 1961-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Two Roads
Resource type: Physical
Note: Masha is drowning. Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event 12 years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town's lido, where she seeks refuge underwater - safe from the noise and the pain. But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women - the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician's wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice - opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again. Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back.
333 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0008234159
Hardback:The woman in the window:2018
Author: Finn, A. J.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers. But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
427 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:The last good kiss:2016
Author: Crumley, James, 1939-2008,
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Private detectives are supposed to find missing persons and solve crimes. But more often than not private detective C.W. Sughrue is the one committing the crimes - everything from grand theft auto to criminal stupidity. All washed down with a hearty dose of whiskey and regret. At the end of a three-week hunt for a runaway bestselling author, Sughru. Private detectives are supposed to find missing persons and solve crimes. But more often than not private detective C.W. Sughrue is the one committing the crimes - everything from grand theft auto to criminal stupidity. All washed down with a hearty dose of whiskey and regret. At the end of a three-week hunt for a runaway bestselling author, Sughrue winds up in a ramshackle bar, with an alcoholic bulldog. The landlady's daughter vanished a decade ago and now she wants Sughrue to find her. His search will take him to the deepest, darkest depths of San Francisco's underbelly, a place as fascinating, frightening and flawed as he is.
352 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857524003
Hardback:Hold back the stars:2017
Author: Khan, Katie
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left. None of this was supposed to happen. But, maybe this doesn't need to be the end. Adrift in space with nothing to cling to but each other, Carys and Max can't help but look back at the world they have left behind - a place where they never really belonged, and that they might now never return to. In a world where love is banned, what happens when you find it?
304 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0349142920
Paperback:Little fires everywhere:2018
Author: Ng, Celeste
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2017 Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair.
388 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Hardback:Why mummy swears, the struggles of an exasperated mum:2018
Author: Sims, Gill
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's every parents' nightmare - the start of the school holidays - and instead of sitting in the sun, reading a book over a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Mummy has two bored moppets to attend to. After frantically booking sports camps, child minder slots, not to mention time off work, Mummy is exhausted. But this is only the beginning. After being dragged to join the school's PTA in the new term by an annoyingly kind-spirited neighbour, Mummy is stuck with organising the Christmas Fayre and pleasing all the overly disapproving parents. In combination with getting to know her father's surprise new glamorous (and much younger) wife, and being forced to spend more time with her narcissistic mother, life isn't cutting her much of a break. What more could possibly happen?
360 pages ; 21 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:Rock war:2015
Author: Muchamore, Robert
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code Originally published: 2014 Meet Jay, Summer and Dylan. Jay plays guitar, writes songs and dreams of being a rock star, but his ambitions are stifled by seven siblings and a terrible drummer. Summer works hard at school, looks after her nan and has a one-in-a-million singing voice - but can her talent triumph over her nerves? Dylan is happiest lying on his bunk smoking, but his school rugby coach has other ideas, and Dylan reluctantly joins a band to avoid crunching tackles and icy mud. They're about to enter the biggest battle of their lives - and there's everything to play for.
385 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
009951057X
Paperback:Leap in, a woman, some waves, and the will to swim:2018
Author: Heminsley, Alexandra, 1976-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Windmill Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hutchinson, 2017 Alexandra Heminsley thought she could swim. She really did. It may have been because she could run. It may have been because she wanted to swim; or perhaps because she only ever did ten minutes of breaststroke at a time. But, as she learned one day while flailing around in the sea, she really couldn't. Believing that a life lived fully isn't one with the most money earned, the most stuff bought or the most races won, but one with the most experiences, experienced the most fully, she decided to conquer her fear of the water. From the ignominy of getting into a wetsuit to the triumph of swimming to Ithaca, Alexandra learned to appreciate her body and still her mind in becoming a swimmer. As it turns out, the water is never as frightening once you're in, and really, everything is better when you remember to exhale.
230 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0356502481
Paperback:Blood song:2014
Author: Ryan, Anthony
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2013 Vaelin Al Sorna's life changes forever the day his father abandons him at the gates of the Sixth Order, a secretive military arm of the Faith. Together with his fellow initiates, Vaelin undertakes a brutal training regime - where the price of failure is often death. Under the tutelage of the Order's masters, he learns quickly and quietly. Now his new skills will be put to the test. War is coming.
672 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0356506436
Paperback:The legion of flame:2018
Author: Ryan, Anthony
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 'The Legion of Flame' is the action-packed second novel in 'The Draconis Memoria' series - an enthralling epic fantasy of magic, adventure and the furious battle to forge an empire. Claydon Torcreek has survived drake-infested jungles, hostile tribes and the cold touch of betrayal - yet his troubles have only just begun. The legendary white drake - believed to be nothing more than a myth - has awoken from its long slumber, with a thirst to reduce the world of men to ashes. One city has already fallen to the drake's formidable legions. More will follow, unless Clay can uncover an ancient secret that lies buried beneath the southern ice. Once again Clay must face unthinkable danger, and this time he carries not just the hopes of his own nation, but the fate of the entire world.
644 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0356506401
Hardback:The legion of flame:2017
Author: Ryan, Anthony
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'The Legion of Flame' is the action-packed second novel in 'The Draconis Memoria' series - an enthralling epic fantasy of magic, adventure and the furious battle to forge an empire. Claydon Torcreek has survived drake-infested jungles, hostile tribes and the cold touch of betrayal - yet his troubles have only just begun. The legendary white drake - believed to be nothing more than a myth - has awoken from its long slumber, with a thirst to reduce the world of men to ashes. One city has already fallen to the drake's formidable legions. More will follow, unless Clay can uncover an ancient secret that lies buried beneath the southern ice. Once again Clay must face unthinkable danger, and this time he carries not just the hopes of his own nation, but the fate of the entire world.
558 pages, maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0356502511
Paperback:Queen of fire:2016
Author: Ryan, Anthony
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2015 Queen Lyrna has survived the bloody siege of Alltor. Now she must rally her troops and take back the capital from the Volarian invaders. But driving her hated enemy out of the Realm will not satisfy her lust for vengeance - she wants to pursue them across the ocean and burn their empire to ashes. To do so, she must place her faith in the Seventh Order: men and women who wield terrible powers, born of the Dark itself.
801 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
035650249X
Hardback:Queen of fire:2015
Author: Ryan, Anthony
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: Queen Lyrna has survived the bloody siege of Alltor. Now she must rally her troops and take back the capital from the Volarian invaders. But driving her hated enemy out of the Realm will not satisfy her lust for vengeance - she wants to pursue them across the ocean and burn their empire to ashes. To do so, she must place her faith in the Seventh Order: men and women who wield terrible powers, born of the Dark itself. Vaelin Al Sorna would sacrifice his life for his queen - and may yet have to. Only by unmasking the Volarians' mysterious Ally can the tide of war be turned. To this end, Vaelin must travel deep into the icebound north, in search of a man who cannot die - and he must do it without the aid of his blood song, which has fallen ominously silent.
642 pages, maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0356506398
Hardback:The waking fire:2016
Author: Ryan, Anthony
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the 'blood blessed' - men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild drakes. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established the Syndicate's position as the greatest power in the known world. Yet now a crisis looms. The drake bloodlines ar. For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the 'blood blessed' - men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild drakes. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established the Syndicate's position as the greatest power in the known world. Yet now a crisis looms. The drake bloodlines are weakening, and war with the Corvantine Empire seems inevitable. The Syndicate's only hope of survival lies with the myth of a legendary drake, whose powerful blood might just turn the tide of the war - if it even exists. The task of hunting down this fabled creature falls to Claydon Torcreek, a petty thief and unregistered blood blessed.
582 pages, maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0356506363
Paperback:The waking fire:2017
Author: Ryan, Anthony
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the 'blood blessed' - men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild drakes. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established the Syndicate's position as the greatest power in the known world. Yet now a crisis looms. The drake bloodlines are weakening, and war with the Corvantine Empire seems inevitable. The Syndicate's only hope of survival lies with the myth of a legendary drake, whose powerful blood might just turn the tide of the war - if it even exists. The task of hunting down this fabled creature falls to Claydon Torcreek, a petty thief and unregistered blood blessed.
683 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0356502449
Hardback:Tower lord:2014
Author: Ryan, Anthony
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: Vaelin Al Sorna is tired of war. He's fought countless battles in the service of the realm and his faith. His reward was the loss of his love, the death of his friends and a betrayal by his king. After five years in an Alpiran dungeon, he just wants to go home. Reva intends to welcome Vaelin back with a knife between the ribs. He destroyed her family and ruined her life. Nothing will stop her from exacting bloody vengeance - not even the threat of invasion from the greatest enemy the realm has ever faced. Yet, as the fires of war spread, foes become friends and truths turn to lies.
608 pages, maps (black and white) ; 25 cm (hbk)