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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)
Hardback
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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)
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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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Paperback:Rebel:2010:First.
Author: Anderson, R. J.
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: First.
Publisher: Orchard
Resource type: Physical
Note: Linden's cage glowed with fiery heat, burning her fingers when she tried to cling to the bars. She fluttered helplessly in midair, wing muscles aching with the effort, knowing that she couldn't hover much longer before her strength gave out - and that the moment it did, she would die. Juvenile.
294 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0571206263
Paperback:Dirty Havana trilogy:2001
Author: Gutiérrez, Pedro Juan, 1950-
Year 2001
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2001 Pedro Juan used to be a reporter in Havana, but as life in Cuba and his own life begin to collapse around him, he gives up the farce of a daily job and begins to train himself to take nothing seriously. Translation of: Trilogia sucia de la Habana
392p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Game of queens, the women who made sixteenth-century Europe:2017
Author: Gristwood, Sarah
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Oneworld
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 As religion divided 16th-century Europe, an extraordinary group of women rose to power. They governed nations while kings fought in foreign lands. They ruled on behalf of nephews, brothers and sons. They negotiated peace between their warring nations. For decades, they ran Europe. Small wonder that it was in this century that the queen became the most powerful piece on the chessboard. From mother to daughter and mentor to protegee, Sarah Gristwood follows the passage of power from Isabella of Castile and Anne de Beaujeu through Anne Boleyn - the woman who tipped England into religious reform - and on to Elizabeth I and Jeanne d'Albret, heroine of the Protestant Reformation.
xl, 374 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Liar liar:2015
Author: Arlidge, M. J.
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Faced with yet another ruthless serial killer, one with a penchant for pyromania, DI Helen Grace is an unwilling participant in a race against this new sadistic combatant.
441 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:A pocket full of murder:2016
Author: Anderson, R. J.
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orchard
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015 Isaveth Breck is brave, loyal, and zealous in the pursuit of justice, especially after her father is wrongfully arrested. Quiz, the eccentric eye patch-wearing street boy who befriends her, swears he can't resist a good mystery. Together they set out to solve the magical murder of one of Tarreton's most influential citizens and save Isaveth's beloved papa from execution.
364 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Chosen:2013
Author: Jacka, Benedict
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: Life is quiet for Alex Verus. Amazing. With a flat full of friends (and the occasional fish), and business booming, why not enjoy the humdrum here and now? But of course that's too good to be true. In a sudden and cruel pincer movement of fate, Alex finds himself fighting a sinister and powerful gang as well as his own demons - for the same crime. Life is quiet for Alex Verus. Amazing. With a flat full of friends (and the occasional fish), and business booming, why not enjoy the humdrum here and now? But of course that's too good to be true. In a sudden and cruel pincer movement of fate, Alex finds himself fighting a sinister and powerful gang as well as his own demons - for the same crime. Held hostage by the choices of his past, Alex's future is now in jeopardy.
328 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Cursed:2012
Author: Jacka, Benedict
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: A spate of mysterious attacks calls for the expertise of Alex Verus. Someone is dabbling with the forbidden. But when Alex's friends are threatened, that makes it personal.
309 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Hardback:Only child:2018
Author: Navin, Rhiannon, 1978-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Mantle
Resource type: Physical
Note: Huddled in a cloakroom with his classmates and teacher, six-year-old Zach can hear shots ringing through the corridors of his school. A gunman has entered the building and, in a matter of minutes, will have taken 19 lives. In the aftermath of the shooting, the close knit community and its families are devastated. Everyone deals with the tragedy differently. Zach's father absents himself; his mother pursues a quest for justice - while Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and drawing. Ultimately though, it is Zach who will show the adults in his life the way forward as, sometimes, only a child can.
291 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)