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Paperback:McMafia, seriously organised crime:[2018]:New edition
Author: Glenny, Misha
Year [2018]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in Previous edition: London: Bodley Head, 2008 Originally published: 2008 Organised crime is part of all our worlds - often without us even knowing. 'McMafia' is a journey through the new world of international organised crime, from gunrunners in Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, by way of drug syndicates in Canada and cyber criminals in Brazil. This edition comes with a new introduction and epilogue from author Misha Glenny.
ix, 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473618428
Paperback:The comfort of others:2017
Author: Langdale, Kay
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Minnie has lived in the beautiful but dilapidated old mansion house Rosemount for as long as she can remember. But now she finds herself looking back over the last 70 years to a life that has been shrouded with sorrow, and a painful secret that she has guarded since her teens. Eleven-year-old Max, who lives opposite Minnie on the housing estate bui. Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2016 Minnie has lived in the beautiful but dilapidated old mansion house Rosemount for as long as she can remember. But now she finds herself looking back over the last 70 years to a life that has been shrouded with sorrow, and a painful secret that she has guarded since her teens. Eleven-year-old Max, who lives opposite Minnie on the housing estate built in Rosemount's grounds, has grown up happily with his single mother. But his mum has begun a new relationship and suddenly life is starting to change. As each of them tell their stories, she via a resurrected childhood journal, him via a Dictaphone, they spot each other through their bedroom windows and slowly and hesitantly an unlikely friendship begins to form.
229 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444775812
Paperback:A man called Ove:2015
Author: Backman, Fredrik, 1981-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Swedish There is something about Ove. At first sight, he is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?
304 pages (pbk)
1405284595
Paperback:Grandpa Christmas:2018
Author: Morpurgo, Michael
Author: Field, Jim, 1980-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
Note: This heartfelt Christmas story is based on a special letter written by a grandpa to his granddaughter.
41 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1509851526
Hardback:How Winston delivered Christmas:2018
Author: Smith, Alex T.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Follow Winston as he sets out to deliver Oliver's letter to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve. He has a lot of very exciting adventures on this very important mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way. Like an advent calendar counting down to Christmas, each day also features festive things to make and do - you can write a letter to Father Christmas and make mince pies, Christmas cards, presents, and decorations.
175 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 26 cm (hbk)
0099592576
Paperback:One man and a mule, across England with a pack mule:2018
Author: Thomson, Hugh
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Windmill Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Preface, 2017 In the Middle Ages, mules were used to transport goods across Britain. Strong, sturdy and able to carry a good 160lbs of weight, they made ideal walking companions (as long as you didn't ask them to do anything they disapproved of). Now Hugh Thomson has revived that ancient tradition. Taking his cue from Robert Louis Stevenson's 19th-century bestseller 'Travels With a Donkey', Hugh leads his trusty mule Jethro across England from the Lake District to the Yorkshire Moors, using old drovers' roads that have largely passed into disrepair.
x, 292 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (colour), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
000752501X
Paperback:Who's that girl?:2016
Author: McFarlane, Mhairi
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: Could kissing Mr Wrong lead to Mr Right? She thought she'd found The One - right up until she was caught kissing him on his wedding day. She thought she'd lost everything - until a ghostwriting sabbatical became a lifeline back to friends and family she'd left behind in Nottingham. She thought she was done with love - until she found it where she least expected it.
535 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
140883023X
Paperback:The weight of water:2013
Author: Crossan, Sarah
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2012. Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother leave Poland and head for the UK to find her father. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school Kasienka finds it impossible to make new friends. Originally published: 2012
227 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
144483021X
Large print:The shadow in the dark:2016:Large print edition
Author: Udy, Susan
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Linford
Resource type: Physical
Note: Attempting to escape the scandal that has engulfed her, Daisy Lewis leaves home and heads for the Cornish town of Pencarrow, still as beautiful as she remembers from her childhood holidays. But news spreads like wildfire in the small, tightly knit community, and soon she must deal with a blackmailer who recognises her from her previous life. Even worse, she suspects it could be one of the two handsome men who are keen to romance her. Is there anyone Daisy can trust - and will her secret be exposed yet again?
344 pages (large print) ; 19 cm (pbk)
1444804898
Large print:A phoenix rises:2010:Large type ed.
Author: Holmes, Valerie
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large type ed.
Publisher: Linford
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jemma Ward's dream of a happy fmily home with her fiance, Luke, is shattered by his obsession to chase a dream of riches. Her self-esteem plummets further when, in a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Jemma must dine alone because Luke has stood her up. Destiny intervenes when Adam Li saves her from an attacker. Adult.
192 p. (large print) ; 19 cm (pbk)
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Large print:Songs of love and war:2016:Large print edition
Author: Montefiore, Santa, 1970-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Magna
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Simon & Schuster, 2015 Kitty Deverill was born on the ninth day of the ninth month of 1900. The youngest daughter of an aristocratic Anglo-Irish dynasty living in the south-west of Ireland, her life will unfold as history plays out in her home country. Though young, her future is already determined: marriage to an English lord, quiet subservience, and a life away from home. But Kitty has ideas of her own and chooses her friends according to their personality not their position, and when the ruggedly handsome son of the local vet catches her eye, her future starts to feel less like a privilege and more like a prison. With her red hair she is passionate and feisty, her heart pure and mind set. But as war comes and the family's position in Ireland becomes less certain, will she follow her head or her heart?
570 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0008248958
Paperback:In a cottage in a wood:2017
Author: Green, Cass
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve's hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below. Two weeks later, as Neve's wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap - a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems. But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare - a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever.
312 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408801299
Paperback:Memoirs of a radical lawyer:2010
Author: Mansfield, Michael, 1941-
Author: Vanson, Yvette
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: A radical lawyer with an unparalleled commitment to his clients, driven by anger at injustice and hypocrisy, Michael Mansfield has been tearing down the citadels of arcane legal conventions for more than 40 years. In this book, Michael reveals his motivations, meticulous approach to forensic science, and more. Originally published: 2009. Originally published: 2009 A radical lawyer with an unparalleled commitment to his clients, driven by anger at injustice and hypocrisy, Michael Mansfield has been tearing down the citadels of arcane legal conventions for more than 40 years. In this book, Michael reveals his motivations, meticulous approach to forensic science, and more.
xii, 500 p., [16] p. of plates, ill., ports. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1786063778
Paperback:Behind palace doors, my years with the Queen Mother:2017
Author: Burgess, Colin, Major
Author: Carter, Paul
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: John Blake
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2006 The life of the Queen Mother was intensely secret. The most senior and best respected member of any royal family in history, she did not give one media interview in her 101 years. This affectionate and often hilarious glimpse into her world by her former equerry reveals what life was really like living with the most private of all the royals. From dancing with Fred Astaire to living through the Blitz; from the time Princess Margaret caught fire at a dinner party to when Prince Charles sought solace from his grandmother as his marriage collapsed, each anecdote and observation provides an historic insight into one of our longest surviving institutions.
xvi, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405932163
Paperback:Elizabeth the Queen, the woman behind the throne:2016
Author: Smith, Sally Bedell, 1948-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2012 As we celebrate her diamond jubilee, this biography of Queen Elizabeth II provides a look at one of the most fascinating, engimatic and admired women in the world. With exclusive access to the Queen's personal letters, close friends and associates, this intimate biography is a treasure trove of fresh insights into the Queen's life.
xx, 663 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471150976
Hardback:The Queen's speech, an intimate portrait of the Queen in her own words:2015
Author: Seward, Ingrid
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: On 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-serving monarch in British history. During her 63 years on the throne, few have got to know her well, but there is one body of work that sheds real light on her thoughts, personality and the issues that really concern her: the Queen's own speeches. For many years, the Queen's Christmas address was the most-watched programme on television on Christmas Day, and millions still tune in to hear what she has to say. Now, in this intimate portrait of Her Majesty, Ingrid Seward uses the Queen's speeches as a starting point to provide a revealing insight into the character of the woman who has reigned over us since the days when Churchill was Prime Minister.
280 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0857204394
Hardback:I'm over all that, and other confessions:2011
Author: MacLaine, Shirley, 1934-
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Whatever the topic - show business, ageing, politics, family or the future of mankind - Shirley MacLaine has never shied away from sharing opinions that are as fascinating as they are honest. Here she shares her opinions and insights on all the things that drive her crazy, inspire her to action and keep her firmly in the public eye.
218 p. ; 23 cm (hbk)
1471131394
Hardback:What if .., a lifetime of questions, speculations, reasonable guesses, and a few things I know for sure:2013
Author: MacLaine, Shirley, 1934-
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Beloved actress and bestselling author Shirley MacLaine contemplates a wealth of subjects from the mundane to the esoteric in this collection of musings that begin with two simple words: What if.
224 pages ; 22 cm (hbk)