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Hardback:Nutshell:2016
Author: McEwan, Ian
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Nutshell' is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home - a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse - but not with John. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb.
199 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1408858614
Paperback:Queen of shadows:2015
Author: Maas, Sarah J.
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts t. Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin's hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people.
648 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1447201965
Paperback:Climbing the stairs:2011
Author: Powell, Margaret, 1907-1984
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Peter Davies, 1969. Told with wit and warmth, 'Climbing the Stairs' is a sharp-eyed tale of a time when the idea of masters and servants began to lose its sway, and of a remarkable woman, Margaret Powell, who grasped the opportunities of this brave new world with both hands. Originally published: London: Peter Davies, 1969
198 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405914041
Paperback:The boy that never was:2014
Author: Perry, Karen, 1974-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Michael Joseph Five years ago, 3-year-old Dillon disappeared. For his father Harry - who left him alone for ten crucial minutes - it was an unforgivable lapse. Yet Dillon's mother Robin has never blamed her husband: her own secret guilt is burden enough. Now they're trying to move on, returning home to Dublin to make a fresh start. But their lives are turned upside down the day Harry sees an 8-year-old boy in the crowd. A boy Harry is convinced is Dillon. But the boy vanishes before he can do anything about it. What Harry thought he saw quickly plunges their marriage into a spiral of crazed obsession and broken trust, uncovering deceits and shameful secrets.
349 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1406356743
Hardback:We meet again:2014
Author: Pastis, Stephan
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods are throwing him curve balls: for starters, he's on a trial period in school and to keep his place he has to get good grades and really behave. The fabled Miracle report will be the key to his success.
258 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
1447238974
Paperback:The danger game:2014
Author: Brooks, Kevin
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 14-year-old Travis Delaney is trying to get his life back on track following the crash that killed his parents last summer. The police called it an accident, but Travis isn't fooled. His parents were on to something, and whatever they were investigating ended in their murder. Since Travis's Grandad took over Delaney and Co, things have finally started to look up. But when his private investigation partner, Courtney, is attacked following a routine inquiry into a local business, Travis can't help but get involved. But what he discovers draws him into more danger than he ever could have realised.
359 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1406652180
CD:Get into Spanish, the ultimate interactive learning experience:[2008?]
Author: BBC Active
Author: Utley, Derek
Author: University of Cambridge.
Year [2008?]
Language: English, Spanish
Media class: CD
Publisher: BBC Active
Resource type: Physical
Note: Course book written by Derek Utley Title from slip case Published in conjunction with the University of Cambridge In box 20 x 14 cm Designed for people on the go, the flexible approach of 'Get Into Spanish' puts you firmly in control of how, when and where you learn.
1. - v.(143 p.), col. ill. ; 19 cm
digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in + 1 sound disc :
col ; 4 3/4 in + 1 computer optical discs :
0751549266
Paperback:The silkworm:2015
Author: Galbraith, Robert
Author: Rowling, J.K.
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. Originally published: 2014 When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him. And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before.
580 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0593078195
Hardback:Past tense:2018
Author: Child, Lee
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: "The new Jack Reacher thriller"--Book jacket Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. He thinks, what's one extra day? He takes the detour. At the very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. It's a strange place, but it's all there is. The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place?
403 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
184845435X
Paperback:The curious charms of Arthur Pepper:2016
Author: Patrick, Phaedra
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Arthur Pepper discovers a mysterious charm bracelet in his late wife's wardrobe, he sets off on a journey to discover, charm by charm, her secret life before they met.
352 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:Lara, "the family is like water":2009:New ed
Author: Evaristo, Bernardine, 1959-
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New ed
Publisher: Bloodaxe
Resource type: Physical
Note: Formerly CIP A semi-autobiographical novel-in-verse based on the author's own childhood and family history. It explores the lives of those who leave one country in search of a better life elsewhere, but who end up struggling to be accepted even as they lay the foundations for their children and future generations 'Lara is a wonderful piece - extraordinarily beautiful - rich and evocative - fascinating in its span of time and continents. Like all the best writing, by the end I felt not only a little older, but a lot wiser' - ANDREA LEVY. 'A short, lyrical, vividly real novel-in-verse, dipping 150 years into the past to explore the family history of a British woman with a Nigerian father and English mother. It's funny, touching, informative, passionate and very easy to read. If you're tired of novels that all seem the same, this one's a complete original' - Daily Telegraph (Books of the Year). 'Adventurous, compelling and utterly original' - The Times on Bernardine Evaristo. Previous ed.: Speldhurst: Angela Royal, 1997 This powerful and enchanting novel-in-verse, traces 2 disparate families through many generations to one girl child. Through Lara we discover the complex past and present, as she grows up in the 60s and 70s, a mixed race child in London.
192 p. ; 20cm (pbk)
0713685425
Paperback:Knitty gritty, for the absolute beginner knitter:2008
Author: Patel, Aneeta
Author: Schiazza, Peter
Year 2008
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: A. & C. Black
Resource type: Physical
Note: This book teaches beginners how to knit in plain English, using a line of 'knit' translated into a line of English, so that knitters will feel confident about taking that next big step into the world of knitting patterns on their own. Teaches beginners how to knit in plain English, using a line of 'knit' translated into a line of English, so that knitters will feel confident about taking that next big step into the world of knitting patterns on their own "This comprehensive resource is a must-have for the new generation of knitters" Craftsman Magazine (Sept 2008) " This is one of the best beginners knitting books I have ever seen " Read Craft Newsletter, Oct-Dec 2008 "Full of absolute beginner-proof instructions and patterns. The must-have accessory this winter " The Sunday Telegraph (November 2008).
128 p., ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm (pbk)
0008225346
Paperback:Meet me at Wisteria Cottage:2017
Author: Morgan, Teresa F.
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperImpulse
Resource type: Physical
Note: After her house is set on fire and her love life is left in tatters, Maddy Hart can't believe her luck when a friend offers her the temporary haven of Wisteria Cottage. Overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Cornish coast, the fresh air feels like a fresh start for her and her broken heart. Peeking out of the cosy cottage windows, Maddy's surprised to see her gorgeous but insufferable neighbour Harry Tudor has been employed to landscape the garden. But as the wisteria winding its way around the cottage begins to bloom, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom.
454 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141324902
Paperback:Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 01):2008
Author: Kinney, Jeff
Year 2008
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2007 Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into a new year and a new school where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving. Greg is happy to have his sidekick, Rowley, along for the ride. When Rowley's star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend's popularity to his own advantage. From 9
217 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0349419221
Paperback:Someone to trust:2018
Author: Balogh, Mary
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Berkley After her husband's passing, Elizabeth Overfield decides that she must enter into another suitable marriage. That, however, is the last thing on her mind when she meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, at the Westcott Christmas house party. They both know there is no question of any relationship between them, for she is nine years older than he. They return to London the following season, both committed to finding other, more suitable matches. Still they agree to share one waltz at each ball they attend. This innocuous agreement proves to be one that will topple their worlds, as each dance steadily ensnares them in a romance that forces the two to question what they are willing to sacrifice for love.
353 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0194598640
Paperback:English file, elementary: Student
Author: Oxenden, Clive
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: OUP
Resource type: Physical
1781100020
eBook:Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban:2010
Author: Rowling, J. K.
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: eBook
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Electronic reproduction: Cleveland, Ohio: Overdrive, 2012? Description based on print version record. Originally published: 1999 Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can't wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There's an escaped mass murderer on the loose.
317 p.
1785032437
Paperback:The summer of impossible things:2018
Author: Coleman, Rowan
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Ebury Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 If you could change the past, would you? 30 years ago, something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's only prepared to reveal after her death. Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother's birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible - magical - happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. At first Luna's thinks she's going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything - everything - to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?
426 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)