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Hardback:Dead of night:2014
Author: Collett, Chris
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Severn House
Resource type: Physical
Note: When 18-year-old Grace Clifton vanishes on her way home from work in the centre of Birmingham late at night, the case is remarkable in that not a single witness comes forward. The more he has to deal with Grace's wealthy and overbearing father, Council Leader Bob Clifton, the more Tom Mariner is inclined to believe that Grace left of her own accord. When 18-year-old Grace Clifton vanishes on her way home from work in the centre of Birmingham late at night, the case is remarkable in that not a single witness comes forward. The more he has to deal with Grace's wealthy and overbearing father, Council Leader Bob Clifton, the more Tom Mariner is inclined to believe that Grace left of her own accord. Then the package arrives. It contains Grace's clothes, neatly pressed and laundered. A second woman disappears. And a disturbing pattern begins to emerge. Still adapting to a new investigation team and struggling to pull its members together, Detective Inspector Mariner is about to tackle one of his strangest, most challenging cases to date.
250 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1509837582
Hardback:The upstairs room:2017
Author: Murray-Browne, Kate
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied with Zoe, their mercurial 27-year-old lodger, Eleanor becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the house's previous owners - including Emily, whose name is written hundreds of times on the walls of the upstairs room.
368 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1905802145
Paperback:The gift of rain:2007
Author: Tan, Twan Eng, 1972-
Year 2007
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Myrmidon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2006. Driven by the prophetic words of an ancient soothsayer, this novel explores the opposing ideas of predestination and self-determination, as Philip traces a perilous and sometimes unclear path through the terrible years of the Second World War in Penang, Malaysia. Originally published: 2006
508 p., map ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857523473
Hardback:The heart's invisible furies:2017
Author: Boyne, John, 1971-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
589 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1783753307
Paperback:The defeated aristocrat, Konigsberg 1919:2015
Author: John, Katherine
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Accent Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: After spending the last months of the Great War as POWs, Wolf Mau and his fellow soldiers are relieved to be back in Germany. Their homeland is defeated, starving, and broken - they didn't expect a welcome home party. But neither did they anticipate murder. A killer is stalking the medieval streets of Konigsberg. A killer who specialises in kidnapping demobbed soldiers - before torturing them using medieval methods and leaving their mutilated corpses in the city's red light district.
300 pages (pbk)
0007520883
Paperback:Love me or leave me:2014
Author: Carroll, Claudia
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she's finding it hard to move forward. That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she's starting to put her life back together and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss i. Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she's finding it hard to move forward. That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she's starting to put her life back together and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss is breathing down her neck, things are looking good. But what goes on in the Hope Street Hotel is a far cry from anything she's ever dealt with before.
423 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241961335
Paperback:The betrayers, a novel:2015
Author: Bezmozgis, David, 1973-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two men meet on a park bench in Jerusalem: a politician, on the eve of a controversial stand against his government, and a Mossad agent, sent to dissuade him with the threat of blackmail. Neither backs down. Escaping the furore he's unleashed, the politician and his lover make for a seaside resort on the Black Sea to lie low. But the fierce battle. Originally published: New York: Little, Brown, 2014 Two men meet on a park bench in Jerusalem: a politician, on the eve of a controversial stand against his government, and a Mossad agent, sent to dissuade him with the threat of blackmail. Neither backs down. Escaping the furore he's unleashed, the politician and his lover make for a seaside resort on the Black Sea to lie low. But the fierce battle between political principles and personal loyalties has followed them to this Russian backwater, and a shocking encounter awaits them.
225 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0571280595
Paperback:Rooftoppers:2013
Author: Rundell, Katherine
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. Y. Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible. So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has - the address of the cello maker.
278 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008172145
Paperback:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine:2018:PBK
Author: Honeyman, Gail
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: PBK
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017 Originally published: 2017 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.
385 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444788035
Paperback:Small great things:2017
Author: Picoult, Jodi, 1966-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Ballantine, 2016 When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.
506 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0007584059
Paperback:10% human, how your body's microbes hold the key to health and happiness:2016
Author: Collen, Alanna
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: William Collins
Resource type: Physical
Note: There's more to being human than you think! Alanna Collen explores the extraordinary world of the powerful microbes that make up 90% of the human body. Originally published: 2015. Originally published: 2015 There's more to being human than you think! Alanna Collen explores the extraordinary world of the powerful microbes that make up 90% of the human body.
325 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784297747
Paperback:The gut makeover, 4 weeks to nourish your gut, revolutionise your health and lose weight:2016
Author: Eyerly, Jeannette
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2015 Recent studies from leading researchers have shown that the state of our gut is central to our weight and health. This means if you want to look and feel good over the long term, you need to focus on creating a high performance digestive system. 'The Gut Makeover' is packed with clear and simple guidance, plus meal planners and plenty of delicious and filling recipes to help you on your way. Eminently practical and straightforward, this four-week plan (Remove; Replace; Reinoculate; Restore) will first repair the gut and then repopulate it with a good bacteria to build a mighty microbiome.
248 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0571237053
Hardback:She-wolves, the women who ruled England before Elizabeth:2010
Author: Castor, Helen
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: The stories of these women - told here in all their vivid humanity - illustrate the paradox which the female heirs to the Tudor throne had no choice but to negotiate. Man was the head of woman; and the king was the head of all. How, then, could a woman be king, how could royal power lie in female hands? Illustrates the paradox which the female heirs to the Tudor throne had no choice but to negotiate. Man was the head of woman; and the king was the head of all. How, then, could a woman be king, how could royal power lie in female hands?
xiii, 474 p., [8] p. of plates, ill. (chiefly col.), map, ports. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm (hbk)
0224069829
Hardback:Palestine:2003
Author: Sacco, Joe
Author: Said, Edward W.
Year 2003
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: PBK. Originally published: Seattle, Wash.: Fantagraphics, 2001 In 1991 Sacco travelled to Jerusalem to observe Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. Out of that trip comes this highly ambitious and successful telling of the refugees' stories.
285 p., ill. ; 28 cm (pbk)
1785763644
Hardback:The tattooist of Auschwitz:2018
Author: Morris, Heather
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: This novel is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.
275 pages, illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
BX01365791
Paperback:NYPD Red:2014
Author: Patterson, James
Year 2014
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Resource type: Physical
0349139636
Paperback:The goldfinch:2014
Author: Tartt, Donna
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a. Originally published: New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013 Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
864 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0718180445
Hardback:Tom Clancy's Support and defend:2014
Author: Greaney, Mark
Author: Clancy, Tom, 1947-2013
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: One of Tom Clancy's most storied characters, Dominic Caruso, is the only one who can stop America's secrets from falling into enemy hands in this blockbuster new novel written by Clancy's long-time co-author. Dominic Caruso.
512 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)