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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)
0241298199
Hardback:The things you can see only when you slow down, how to be calm in a busy world:2017
Author: Sunim, Haemin
Author: Kim, Chi-Young
Author: Lee, Youngcheol
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Penguin Life
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Korean This translation originally published: New York: Penguin Books In this timely guide to mindfulness, Haemin Sunim, a Buddhist monk born in Korea and educated in the United States, offers advice on everything from handling setbacks to dealing with rest and relationships, in a beautiful book combining his teachings with calming full-colour illustrations. Haemin Sunim's simple messages - which he first wrote when he responded to requests for advice on social media - speak directly to the anxieties that have become part of modern life and remind us of the strength and joy that come from slowing down.
265 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 19 cm (hbk)
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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)
014134654X
Paperback:Nowhere:2013
Author: Robinson, Jon, 1983-
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Alyn, Jes, Ryan and Elsa are Nowhere. A concrete cube in the middle of a dense forest. Imprisoned inside are 100 teenagers from all over the country. They're all criminals. But none of them remember committing any crimes. Who has put them there. What do their captors want? And how will they ever break free?
255 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1785762788
Paperback:Island of secrets:2017
Author: Wilson, Patricia
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: All her life Angelika has been intrigued by her mother's secret past. Now, planning her own wedding she feels she must visit the remote Cretan village her mother grew up in, despite her objections. Unbeknownst to Angie her elderly grandmother, Maria, is dying. She wants to unburden herself of the terrible story that she will otherwise take to the grave. It's the story of the time of the German occupation of Crete during the Second World War, of horror, of courage and of the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her children and of how you learn to go on in the aftermath of tragedy. And it's the story of bitter secrets that broke the family apart, and of three enchanting women who come together to heal wounds that have damaged two generations.
472 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408708175
Hardback:The dry:2017
Author: Harper, Jane
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in Originally published: Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016 Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend's crime.
342 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
1473510619
eBook:My not so perfect life, a novel:2017
Author: Kinsella, Sophie
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: eBook
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Description based on CIP data; item not viewed. Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job and the life she shares on Instagram isn't really hers. But one day her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. Forced to move back home to Somerset, Katie has to restart from square one. But when fate gifts her the chance to take revenge on Demeter, should Katie get medieval on the woman who ruined her dreams?
1 online resource (368 pages) (ePub ebook)
0857524704
Hardback:A dangerous crossing:2017
Author: Rhys, Rachel, 1963-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1939, Europe on the brink of war. Lily Shepherd leaves England on an ocean liner for Australia, escaping her life of drudgery for new horizons. She is instantly seduced by the world onboard: cocktails, black-tie balls and beautiful sunsets. Suddenly, Lily finds herself mingling with people who would otherwise never give her the time of day. But soon she realizes her glamorous new friends are not what they seem. The rich and hedonistic Max and Eliza Campbell, mysterious and flirtatious Edward, and fascist George are all running away from tragedy and scandal even greater than her own. By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and life will never be the same again.
366 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
MM00226464
DVD:April and the extraordinary world:2016
Author: Desmares, Christian
Author: Ekinci, Franck
Author: Hadjadj, Valentin
Year 2016
Language: French, English
Media class: DVD
Publisher: StudioCanal
Resource type: Physical
Note: Extras to be confirmed, Region 2, 1 disc(s), Interactive menus, Languages (French), Subtitles (English) Made in 2015 Animated adventure featuring the voices of Susan Sarandon and Paul Giamatti. The story takes place in France in 1941 and for the past 70 years scientists have been inexplicably vanishing. This has resulted in a lack of modern-day inventions, meaning the country has been limited to burning coal and wood for energy - but sources are now dwindling. Teenager April (Angela Galuppo)'s parents are among those who have gone missing and, along with her talking cat Darwin (Tony Hale), her grandfather Pops (Tony Robinow) and new ally Julius (Tod Fennell), she goes on a dangerous journey to find them, unveiling some mysteries on the way. BBFC code: PG
1. - videodisc(106 min.), col.