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Paperback:Gaudy night:1970:Reprint.
Author: Sayers, Dorothy L., 1893-1957
Year 1970
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Reprint.
Publisher: New English Library
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Gollancz, 1935. Despite her scandalous career, Harriet Vane has been summoned back to her old Oxford college. When she encounters obscene graffiti and poison pen letters, she thinks her worst fears have been fulfilled. But she is not the only target. Originally published: London: Gollancz, 1935 eng
446 p. ; 18 cm (pbk)
0008271003
Paperback:Mum face, the memoir of a woman who gained a baby and lost her sh*t:2018
Author: Timothy, Grace
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this wry, resonant and deeply emotional memoir, journalist Grace Timothy explores a question most women will face at some point: if becoming a mother means the person you were before has gone; who exactly is left in its place? Best described as 'The Wrong Knickers' for mums, in 'Mum Face' Grace explores motherhood as an issue of identity.
xvii, 298 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
071818484X
Hardback:Soldier spy:2016
Author: Marcus, Tom
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: Tom Marcus was recruited by MI5 in the wake of the 7/7 attacks on London. After five years spent undercover as part of a covert British Army Special Operations unit, he offered the Security Service the edge they so desperately needed. Following months of intensive training, Marcus was thrown into a world of relentless, unimaginable pressure; a never-ending struggle to prevent terrorist atrocities on our city streets, foil devastating strikes against the nation's infrastructure, and keep our country's secrets safe from foreign spies. In this explosive first-hand account, he lifts the lid on the war being waged by MI5 to keep us safe in our towns and cities.
321 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1847396755
Paperback:The farm:2015
Author: Smith, Tom Rob
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the vein of 'Sense of Snow' and 'Perfect Spy' the tale brilliantly choreographs the collision of the present with the familial past. Author Smith takes a new direction here, but his skills are as finely honed as ever, with this tale that's both a page turner and a searing examination of the lives of our protagonist, his lover and his family. Ori. Originally published: 2014 In the vein of 'Sense of Snow' and 'Perfect Spy' the tale brilliantly choreographs the collision of the present with the familial past. Author Smith takes a new direction here, but his skills are as finely honed as ever, with this tale that's both a page turner and a searing examination of the lives of our protagonist, his lover and his family.
351 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473658829
Hardback:Girl on the line, life - and death - in the Metropolitan Police:2018
Author: Vinten, Alice
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Two Roads
Resource type: Physical
Note: Welcome to London. Population: 8.7 million. And it's your job to keep them safe. A unique insight to life on the streets of London as a female constable, 'Girl on the Line' follows PC Alice Hearn throughout ten years in the Met, from rookie to officer. As she deals with violent criminals, heart-breaking domestic situations, petty crime, life, death, and everything inbetween, she builds up a portrait of a living, complex city, and what it truly means to look after it. From procedurals to gripping foot chases to threats of terrorist attacks, this book covers all aspects of life in uniform, and how it really feels to wear the boots of a London copper.
337 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1408865068
Paperback:Thirst:2017
Author: Warner, Benjamin
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 On a searing summer evening, Eddie Chapman has been stuck in a traffic jam for hours. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon his car and run home, he sees that the trees have been burned and the water in the stream bed is gone. Something is very wrong. When he arrives home, there is a power cut and no running water. The pipes everywhere, it seems, are dry. Eddie and his wife, Laura, find themselves thrust together with their neighbours while a sense of unease thickens in the stifling night air. 'Thirst' takes place in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious disaster - the Chapmans and their community suffer the effects of the heat, their thirst and the terrifying realisation that no one is coming to help.
286 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099515059
Paperback:The silver pigs:2008
Author: Davis, Lindsey
Year 2008
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1989. This is the first story in a mystery series set in Ancient Rome, featuring Marcus Didius Falco. The story sees Falco travelling to Britain in search of missing silver pigs where he meets Helena Justina, and romance begins to blossom. Originally published: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1989
xviii, 318 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1783963468
Hardback:Travellers in the Third Reich, the rise of fascism seen through the eyes of everyday people:2017
Author: Boyd, Julia, 1948-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Elliott and Thompson Limited
Resource type: Physical
Note: A unique history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand accounts.
368 pages (hbk)
1784742279
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)
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DAISY:The Gruffalo's child:2005:New.
Author: Donaldson, Julia
Author: Scheffler, Axel
Author: Staunton, Imelda.
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Edition: New.
Publisher: Macmillan Children's
Resource type: Physical
Note: A monster's child is tricked by a mouse. Includes sound disc. The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night, the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist - does he? Originally published: 2004 Picture Book Includes sound disc
chiefly col. ill. (pbk)
0008150524
Hardback:How hard can it be?:2017
Author: Pearson, Allison
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: The Borough Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is 50, but not in a good way. 50, in Kate's mind, equals invisibility. And with hormones that have her in shackles, teenage children who need her there but won't talk to her and ailing parents who aren't coping, Kate is in the middle of a sandwich that she isn't even allowed to eat because of the calories. She's back at work after a big break at home, because somebody has to bring home the bacon now that her husband Rich has dropped out of the rat race to master the art of mindfulness. But just as Kate is finding a few tricks to get by in her new workplace, her old client and flame Jack reappears - complicated doesn't even begin to cover it.
469 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
1409094197
eAudio:Blacklands:2010
Author: Bauer, Belinda, 1962-
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: eAudio
Publisher: Bantam
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Description based on print version record. 12-year-old Steven Lamb's uncle disappeared aged 11 and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery. But Steven's Nan doesn't think her son is dead. Steven wants to prove he's gone and so he writes to Avery in prison. So begins a dangerous game between a desperate child and a bored serial killer.
1 online resource (284 p.), ill. (ebook)
0356506282
Paperback:Cold welcome:2017
Author: Moon, Elizabeth
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: Admiral Ky Vatta should return to her childhood home a war hero, but on the way her shuttle is downed by sabotage. Marooned in a hostile landscape it'll take every bit of wit, skill and luck she can muster to lead her fellow survivors to safety, knowing that the mysterious enemies who destroyed the ship are on the hunt and may have an agent in the group ready to finish the job at any moment. And was the sabotage an attempt on Ky's own life, or someone else's?
434 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552164089
Paperback:The Long Earth:2013
Author: Pratchett, Terry
Author: Baxter, Stephen
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2012. 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson has returned to the burned-out home of one Willis Linsay where she finds an invention that would change the way mankind viewed his world forever. Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2012
423 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
147362147X
Paperback:A closed and common orbit:2017
Author: Chambers, Becky
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2016 Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty.
365 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
085752433X
Hardback:Sirens:2017
Author: Knox, Joseph
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: The runaway daughter of a dirty politician. The unsolved disappearance of a young mother. The crime lord who knows the city's secrets. The disgraced detective on the edge of it all. Many questions. Not many answers. Not yet.
374 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1406373729
Paperback:Bundle with the Britons!:2017
Author: Northfield, Gary, 1969-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 Emperor Hadrian has one last favour to ask of the gladiator animals before he will grant them their greatest wish - freedom. They must go to the far-off and strange land of Britain to win over the crowds of his empire. But this will be no happy-go-lucky holiday. Instead of buckets and spades, our stripy hero and his friends will need all their powers and wits about them if they're going to survive their most wild and rebellious opponents yet.
illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)