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Hardback:A long way from home:2018
Author: Carey, Peter, 1943-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Australia: Penguin Random House, 2017 Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together with Willie, their lanky navigator, they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive.
359 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0297870785
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)
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)
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Paperback:A burnt-out case:2004:Centenary [ed.] ; with an introduction by Giles Foden
Author: Greene, Graham, 1904-
Year 2004
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Centenary [ed.] ; with an introduction by Giles Foden
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Introduction by Giles Foden Originally published: London: Heineman, 1960 An architect is the victim of an attack of indifference - he no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life. Arriving at a Congo leper village, he is diagnosed as the mental equivalent of a 'burnt-out case'.
xiii, 192 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1780894473
Hardback:The hanged man:2017
Author: Kernick, Simon
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: A house deep in the countryside where the remains of seven unidentified women have just been discovered. A cop ready to risk everything in the hunt for their killers. A man who has seen the murders and is now on the run in fear of his life. So begins the race to track down this witness before the killers do. For Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd, the road ahead is a dangerous one, with bodies and betrayal at every turn.
xxiv, 373 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1472205316
Paperback:A place called Winter:2015
Author: Gale, Patrick, 1962-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Tinder Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence - until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest cost him everything. Forced to abandon his wife and child, he signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies. But, remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England.
354 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1786495252
Paperback:Call me by your name:[2017]
Author: Aciman, Andre
Year [2017]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in Originally published: New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007 This is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blooms between 17-year-old Elio and his father's house guest, Oliver, during a restless summer on the Italian Riviera. What grows from the depths of their souls is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration, and an experience that marks them for a lifetime.
248 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444776339
Paperback:Water angels:2015
Author: Kallentoft, Mons, 1968-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Swedish A married couple is found dead in their jacuzzi. Their adopted five-year-old daughter has vanished. Inspector Malin Fors, the troubled but brilliant star of the Linkoping police force, is put in charge of the case. But this is a haunting mystery where the borders have been blurred: those between the living and the dead, between good and evil. Malin is only too aware of her own tendencies towards obsession and addiction. As the investigation takes a darker turn, forcing Malin to confront her own demons, will she hold out long enough to find the killer - and the missing girl - before it's too late?
384 pages ; 24 cm (pbk)
0857078852
Paperback:Mia's baker's dozen:2013
Author: Simon, Coco
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Simon Spotlight, 2012. Mia is getting used to her new family now that her mum is remarried to Eddie and she's gained a new stepbrother, Dan. Everything is good apart from in her Spanish class. Mia's parents and stepfather speak the language and she does too, but somehow Mia ends up in the hands of the merciless Mrs Alvarez and almost failing Spanish class. When her parents find out, she realises she's lucky having 3 parents, and all 3 of them pitch in to help her. Originally published: New York: Simon Spotlight, 2012
124 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1782215700
Paperback:Add one stitch knitting, build up your skills stitch by stitch in 15 stylish projects:2018
Author: Schneider, Alina
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Search Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a world driven by technology and never-ending to-do lists, knitting is a quiet oasis that makes you slow down and just relax for a while. In this book, take your first steps into the peaceful and fascinating world of knitting. Starting with just the two basic knitting stitches - knit and purl - build your repertoire up to the 15 essential stitches you need by combining these two essential knitting building blocks to create more complex stitches such as moss, waddle, rib, seed and more. Each stitch technique is clearly explained and broken down into steps, as well as accompanied by photos and a handy swatch to show you what the finished piece should look like. Finally, with every new stitch, you are given the opportunity to practise your new-found knitting knowledge with a simple, beautiful modern project to knit at your leisure.
128 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 25 cm (pbk)
1407133241
Paperback:The abandoned kitten:2013
Author: Mongredien, Sue
Author: Davis, Jon
Author: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, associated with work
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: At head of title: RSPCA Eight-year-old Lily is always surrounded by animals. Her mum works at an RSPCA centre as an animal care assistant. Lily thinks it's the best job ever. Sometimes Mum has to care for animals at home, and on one rainy evening, Mum arrives with three tiny kittens. The poor things have been abandoned, and Lily and Mum must stay up through the night to look after them. Young People
132 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)