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Hardback:Shatter:2008
Author: Robotham, Michael, 1960-
Year 2008
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this novel, Joe O'Loughlin from Michael Robotham's bestselling debut 'The Suspect' returns to face a terrifying opponent.
466 p. ; 25 cm (hbk)
1473823811
Hardback:Churchill's last wartime secret, the 1943 German raid airbrushed from history:2016
Author: Searle, Adrian, 1949-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code It's been a state secret for more than 70 years: the official line in the UK has always been that it never happened - but this book challenges the assertion that no German force set foot on British soil during World War Two (the Channel Islands excepted), on active military service. Adrian Searle reveals the remarkable story of a mid-war seaborne enemy raid on an Isle of Wight radar station. He describes the purpose and scope of the attack, the composition of the raiding German force and how it was immediately, and understandably, 'hushed-up' by Winston Churchill's wartime administration, in order to safeguard public morale.
x, 180 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
147367249X
Hardback:The mercy seat:2018
Author: Winthrop, Elizabeth Hartley, 1979-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: As the sun begins to set over Louisiana one October day in 1943, a young black man faces the final hours of his life: at midnight, 18-year-old Willie Jones will be executed by electric chair for raping a white girl - a crime some believe he did not commit. In a tale taut with tension, events unfold hour by hour from the perspectives of nine people involved. They include Willie himself, who knows what really happened, and his father, desperately trying to reach the town jail to see his son one last time; the prosecuting lawyer, haunted by being forced to seek the death penalty against his convictions, and his wife, who believes Willie to be innocent; the priest who has become a friend to Willie; and a mother whose only son is fighting in the Pacific, bent on befriending her black neighbours in defiance of her husband.
258 pages ; 21 cm (hbk)
1471175758
Hardback:In pieces, a memoir:2018
Author: Field, Sally
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Sally Field is one of the most celebrated, beloved and enduring actors of our time, and now she tells her story in this intimate and haunting literary memoir. In her own words, she writes about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.
viii, 404 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1405268395
Hardback:Minecraft : the official beginner's handbook:2013
Author: Milton, Stephanie
Author: Mojang
Author: Soares, Paul
Author: Maron, Jordan
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
Note: You're alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do? The handbook might just save your life. Learn how to make a shelter, find resources, craft tools, armour and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters. With tip. You're alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do? The handbook might just save your life. Learn how to make a shelter, find resources, craft tools, armour and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters. With tips from Minecraft experts, as well as creator Notch himself, this is the definitive guide to how to survive your first few days in Minecraft.
79 p, illus ; 20 cm (pbk)
1785413473
Large print:The woman in blue:2018:Large print edition
Author: Griffiths, Elly
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: ISIS
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Ruth's friend Cathbad sees a vision of the Virgin Mary, in a white gown and blue cloak, in the graveyard next to the cottage he is house-sitting, he takes it in his stride. Walsingham has strong connections to Mary, and Cathbad is a druid after all; visions come with the job. But when the body of a woman in a blue dressing-gown is found dead the next day in a nearby ditch, it is clear Cathbad's vision was all too human, and that a horrible crime has been committed. DCI Nelson and his team are called in for the murder investigation, and soon establish that the dead woman was a recovering addict being treated at a nearby private hospital. Ruth, a devout atheist, has managed to avoid Walsingham during her 17 years in Norfolk. But then an old university friend, Hilary Smithson, asks to meet her in the village, and Ruth is amazed to discover that her friend is now a priest.
402 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (pbk)
1509823514
Hardback:An unsuitable match:2018
Author: Trollope, Joanna
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Mantle
Resource type: Physical
Note: Rose Woodrowe is getting married to Tyler Masson - a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn't the first time for either of them. And when you marry later in life there are a lot more people to consider. Like Rose's daughter, Laura, who remembers her mom's first marriage and doesn't want her to get hurt again. Or the twins, Emmy and Nat, who are used to their mom being there for them whenever and for whatever they need. And then there's Tyler's children: Mallory, a young actress who craves her father's attention; and Seth, whose San Francisco bakery is just taking off and needs all the money he can get. Rose and Tyler are determined to get it right this time, but in trying to make everyone happy, can they ever be happy themselves?
327 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1781256497
Hardback:Keeping on keeping on:2016
Author: Bennett, Alan, 1934-
Author: Bennett, Alan, 1934-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Alan Bennett's third collection of prose 'Keeping On Keeping On' follows in the footsteps of the phenomenally successfully 'Writing Home' and 'Untold Stories', each published ten years apart. The latest collection contains Bennett's peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre, a West End double-bill transfer, and the films of 'The History Boys' and 'The Lady in the Van'.
xiii, 721 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0230769063
Hardback:Meet me at the Pier Head:2015
Author: Hamilton, Ruth
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Comfortably settled into his expatriate life in post-war Britain, Headmaster Theodore's secrets are set to remain deeply buried. Until she breezes in. Tia Bellamy: vivacious, intriguing, a nuisance. Tia cuts through his reserve and, for the first time in years, Theodore finds himself able to confront his past and reveal the events carved into his h. Comfortably settled into his expatriate life in post-war Britain, Headmaster Theodore's secrets are set to remain deeply buried. Until she breezes in. Tia Bellamy: vivacious, intriguing, a nuisance. Tia cuts through his reserve and, for the first time in years, Theodore finds himself able to confront his past and reveal the events carved into his heart and seared into his soul. Together, they form a strong bond with the residents of the Lady Streets, closely befriending Maggie Stone and her granddaughter, little Rosie. Unable to protect the child from her abusive mother, they decide to take drastic action.
470 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1529330629
Hardback:The quest for Queen Mary:2018
Author: Pope-Hennessy, James
Author: Vickers, Hugo
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary's official biography, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years. Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age.
335 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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0751545481
Paperback:With love at Christmas:2012
Author: Matthews, Carole
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Juliet loves her family very much. She would do anything for them and she knows her husband, Rick, feels the same - which is a good thing because they ask a lot! With Christmas fast approaching, Juliet knows that she and Rick need to pull out all the stops to turn the chaos into calm otherwise it could be a disaster. Captures that chaotic but exciting atmosphere of a big family Christmas ... The perfect book to get you in that Christmas frame of mind ... Festive bliss Fabulous Magazine The perfect escape when your own lot get a bit too much Woman.
462 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0385618670
Hardback:Life after life:2013
Author: Atkinson, Kate
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? 'Life After Life' follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past.
477 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
1472238699
Hardback:Night of the lightbringer:2017
Author: Tremayne, Peter
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: Ireland, AD 671. On the eve of the pagan feast of Samhain, Brother Edulf and the warrior, Aidan, discover a man murdered in an unlit pyre in the heart of Cashel. He has been dressed in the robes of a religieux and killed by the ritualistic 'three deaths'. When a strange woman known as Branche appears in a raven-feather cloak foretelling of ancient gods returning to exact revenge upon the mortal world, she is quickly branded a suspect. But in their search for the killer, Sister Fidelma and Eadulf will soon discover a darker shadow looming over the fortress. For their investigation is linked to a book stolen from the Papal Secret Archives which could destroy the New Faith in the Five Kingdoms - and Fidelma herself will come up against mortal danger before the case is unravelled.
xiv, 352 pages, map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1408864517
Paperback:Dark water:2018
Author: Bilal, Parker, 1960-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Marcus Winslow appears at Private Investigator Makana's door one April morning, Makana does not realise that soon he will risk losing everything he has built for himself in Cairo. A representative of the British government, Winslow has come with a mission, one impossible to turn down: Ayman Nizari, an Iraqi scientist specialising in biochemical nerve agents, a man whose work could kill thousands, is on the run and asking for asylum. But he insists that he trusts only one man to bring him to safety: Makana. But why is Ayman demanding that only Makana can help him? And what part does Winslow have to play in this? The scientist has gone to ground in Istanbul, and Makana quickly discovers that in this place nothing is as it appears, in a case that will see his past and present collide with fatal consequences.
304 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1848669755
Hardback:A killing winter:2015
Author: Callaghan, Tom
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Inspector Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad arrives at a murder scene, all evidence hints at a sadistic serial killer. But when the victim's father turns out to be a leading government minister, the pressure is on Borubaev to solve the case not only quickly and but also quietly, by any means possible. When Inspector Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad arrives at a murder scene, all evidence hints at a sadistic serial killer. But when the victim's father turns out to be a leading government minister, the pressure is on Borubaev to solve the case not only quickly, but also quietly, and by any means possible.
311 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1784292435
Paperback:A spring betrayal:2017
Author: Callaghan, Tom
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgyzstan, but death still haunts him at every turn. Borubaev soon finds himself caught up in a mysterious and gruesome new case: several children's bodies have been found buried together - all tagged with name bands. In his search for the truth behind the brutal killings, Borubaev hits a wall of silence, with no one to turn to outside his sometime lover, the beautiful undercover agent Saltanat Umarova.
310 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1509864709
Hardback:No way out, the searing true story of men under siege:2018
Author: Jowett, Adam
Author: Jones, Geraint, 1983-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson
Resource type: Physical
Note: In Helmand province in July 2006, Major Adam Jowett was given command of Easy Company, a hastily assembled and under-strength unit of Paras and Royal Irish rangers. Their mission was to hold the District Centre of Musa Qala at any cost. Easy Company found themselves in a ramshackle compound, cut off and heavily outnumbered by the Taliban in the town. In 'No Way Out,' Adam evokes the heat and chaos of battle as the Taliban hit Easy Company with wave after wave of brutal attack. He describes what it was like to have responsibility for the lives of his men as they fought back heroically over 21 days and nights of relentless, nerve-shredding combat. Finally, as they came down to their last rounds and death stared Easy Company in the face, the siege took an extraordinary turn.
xv, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1509853022
Paperback:We were warriors:2018
Author: Mercer, Johnny
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previously issued in print: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 2017 Description based on CIP data; resource not viewed. Originally published: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 2017 Johnny Mercer was a member of 29 Commando Royal Artillery who was deployed on three combat tours of Afghanistan and weathered some of the heaviest fighting in the entire campaign in the area of Nad-E Ali. Now, in this searingly honest account of life as a 21st century soldier, he reveals what it's really like to be under fire. Like many returning soldiers, he was scarred by his experiences and when he left the army he had one goal: to improve the treatment of his generation of combat veterans by becoming a Member of Parliament. Against all advice he stood as a Conservative in the Labour stronghold of Plymouth Moor View - and won.
328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)