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Hardback:The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:2018
Author: Turton, Stuart
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Raven Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustration and map on lining papers 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) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0241957575
Paperback:Crusade:2012
Author: Binns, Stewart
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: The second blockbuster from the bestselling author of 'Conquest'. It is 1072. England is firmly under the heel of its new Norman rulers. Edgar the Atheling and his allies form a secret brotherhood to fight for justice and freedom. Soon they are called to the Holy Land for an even greater cause. 1072 - England is firmly under the heel of its new Norman rulers. The few survivors of the English resistance look to Edgar the Atheling, the rightful heir to the English throne, to overthrow William the Conqueror. Years of intrigue and vicious civil war follow: brother against brother, family against family, friend against friend 1072. England is under the heel of its new Norman rulers. The few survivors of the English resistance look to Edgar the Atheling, heir to the English throne, to overthrow William the Conqueror. Years of intrigue and vicious civil war follow, which will see brother against brother, family against family, friend against friend.
xi, 527 p., ill., maps ; 20 cm (pbk)
1472212274
Hardback:Wartime girls:2014
Author: Baker, Anne
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is the day of the Grand National, 1933, when Susie Ingram's fiance, Danny, is killed in a tragic accident. In a cruel twist of fate, Susie discovers she is carrying Danny's child and, shunned by his parents, she turns to her mother for support. Louise Ingram, widowed during the First World War, knows how hard it is to bring up a family alone, bu. It is the day of the Grand National, 1933, when Susie Ingram's fiance, Danny, is killed in a tragic accident. In a cruel twist of fate, Susie discovers she is carrying Danny's child and, shunned by his parents, she turns to her mother for support. Louise Ingram, widowed during the First World War, knows how hard it is to bring up a family alone, but with the help of her eldest daughter, Martha, who lives next door, they manage to survive. When little Rosie is born there is no doubt that she is Danny's daughter, but it is destined to take many more years of heartache before the two families are united again.
424 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1848317263
Hardback:Harry's last stand, how the world my generation built is falling down, and what we:2014
Author: Smith, Harry Leslie
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Icon Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Harry Leslie Smith was born in 1923 in Barnsley. King George V was on the throne. Stanley Baldwin was Prime Minister. There was no NHS, no welfare state. Those who could afford to took care of themselves; those who couldn't, suffered. And then out of the rubble of the Second World War Harry's generation rebuilt the country. They wanted to build a better, fairer world for their children and grandchildren. And they succeeded. But now Harry sees history repeating - from NHS cutbacks to immigration policies and everything in between. 'Harry's Last Stand' is a searing modern polemic that shows, with the indisputable force of lived experience, why the past shouldn't stay buried, and the future is ours for the taking.
224 pages ; 20 cm (hbk)
1408709295
Hardback:The lie of the land:2017
Author: Craig, Amanda, 1959-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
Note: Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can't afford to divorce. Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can't afford to go on living in London; instead, they must downsize and move their three children to a house in a remote part of Devon. Arrogant and adulterous, Quentin can't understand why Lottie is so angry; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to have been intolerably wounded. Mud, mice and quarrels are one thing - but why is their rent so low? What is the mystery surrounding their unappealing new home? The beauty of the landscape is ravishing, yet it conceals a dark side involving poverty, revenge, abuse and violence which will rise up to threaten them.
419 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:The spy who came in from the cold:2016
Author: Le Carre, John, 1931-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: An agent, desperate to end his career as a spy during the Cold War, is caught up in a breathlessly perilous assignment to come in from the cold and re-enter the West.
288 pages ; 19 cm (pbk)
0701187840
Hardback:Dear life:2012
Author: Munro, Alice, 1931-
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Toronto, Ont.: McClelland & Stewart. Alice Munro captures the essence of life in this collection of stories. Moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in 'Dear Life' build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be. Originally published: Toronto, Ont.: McClelland & Stewart
319 p. ; 24 cm (hbk)
0727851683
Hardback:The reunion:1997:Rev. [ed.]
Author: Lorrimer, Claire, 1921-
Author: Robins, Patricia, 1921-
Year 1997
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Edition: Rev. [ed.]
Publisher: Severn House
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous ed.: published as Three loves by Patricia Robins. s.l.: s.n., 1948 Clare is an attractive and independent woman and when she is invited to meet her old school chums at Sally's engagement party she has little idea that she will soon be falling in love with her schoolfriend's fiancée. eng
250p. ; 23 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:Percy Jackson and the Titan's curse:2013
Author: Riordan, Rick
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in Originally published: New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2007 Percy and his friends Annabeth and Thalia are heading to Maine to bring two new demigods to Camp Half-Blood. But there, they discover that the Great Stirring of the Monsters has begun. And their deadliest enemy yet - the General - is plotting the fall of Olympus.
293 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0749952164
Paperback:Friday night with the girls:2011
Author: Low, Shari
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Through twenty years of ups and downs, Lou has had the best friends a woman could hope for in Lizzy and Ginger. Now, Lou needs her friends more than ever because her past has just caught up with her in a shocking way. Everyone makes mistakes in life - but Lou has just discovered that she might have made the biggest one of all.
330 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Hardback:Sapiens, a brief history of humankind:2014
Author: Harari, Yuval N.
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Hebrew 100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one - us. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In 'Sapiens', Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural and scientific revolutions.
443 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:The lake house:2016
Author: Morton, Kate, 1976-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: June, 1933: the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, 16 years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she's also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn't. But by the tim. Originally published: London: Mantle, 2015 June, 1933: the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, 16 years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she's also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn't. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.
599 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857202227
Hardback:Fresh & green, over 100 exciting new vegetarian recipes:2012
Author: Zilli, Aldo
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Illustrated
Resource type: Physical
Note: Italian cusine is brimming over with sun-kissed vegetables that are so full of flavour and versatility they make a meal on their own. In this book, Aldo Zilli creates delicious, meat-free Mediterranean dishes to eat all year long.
176 p., col. ill. ; 26 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:Eat more veg:2012
Author: Dawson, Arthur Potts
Author: Hamilton, Liz Haarala
Author: Hamilton, Max Haarala
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Mitchell Beazley
Resource type: Physical
Note: Cover title 'Eat More Veg' answers the call to eat more veg and less meat, offering everything you need to take your veggies from accompaniment to centre stage.
304 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 25 cm (pbk)
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Hardback:Practical self sufficiency, the complete guide to sustainable living:2010
Author: Strawbridge, Dick
Author: Strawbridge, James
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
Resource type: Physical
Note: Are you ready to save on fuel bills, grow your own and reduce your carbon footprint by taking the self-sufficiency plunge? In this book, Dick and James Strawbridge demonstrate how it is possible to live a 21st century lifestyle but produce little or no waste, as well as reducing our dependence upon fossil fuels.
304 p., col. ill. ; 29 cm (hbk)
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Hardback:Power pulses:2017
Author: Hardeman, Tami
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Limited
Resource type: Physical
Note: Pulses are delicious legume crops packed with goodness, and perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Revolutionise your diet with lentils, dry peas, beans, and chickpea recipes that deliver powerful protein and heart-healthy benefits. Cook up everything from soup and salad to to curry and casseroles with 150 vegetarian recipes - all fully flexible to offer dozens of vegan and meat-based variations.
254 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0434830755
Hardback:Pink triangle and yellow star, and other essays (1976-1981):1982
Author: Vidal, Gore, 1925-
Year 1982
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Letter
Publisher: Heinemann
Resource type: Physical
Note: eng
278p ; 24cm
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Paperback:Black & White 16:[2014]
Author: Kusaka, Hidenori
Author: Yamamoto, Satoshi, (Illustrator)
Year [2014]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Viz Media
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Japanese Meet Pokemon trainers Black and White! His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokemon League! Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokedex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokemon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey.
1 volume (unpaged), chiefly illustrations (black and white) ; 18 cm (pbk)