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Paperback:After the party:2018
Author: Connolly, Cressida, 1960-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is the summer of 1938 and Phyllis Forrester has returned to England after years abroad. Moving into her sister's grand country house, she soon finds herself entangled in a new world of idealistic beliefs and seemingly innocent friendships. Fevered talk of another war infiltrates their small, privileged circle, giving way to a thrilling solution: a great and charismatic leader, who will restore England to its former glory. At a party hosted by her new friends, Phyllis lets down her guard for a single moment, with devastating consequences.
261 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784706744
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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Paperback:Fade away:2002
Author: Coben, Harlan, 1962-
Year 2002
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Dell, 1996; London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2000 For the first time, Myron has to go back and face his past and the sport he starred in. His bitter rival from those days, Greg Downing, is now in trouble and Myron has found himself helping the man he most despises in the world. eng
346 p. ; 18 cm (pbk)
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Hardback:One summer, America 1927:2013
Author: Bryson, Bill
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bill Bryson travels back in time to summer 1927 in America, the year America stepped out onto the wold stage, and tells a gripping narrative featuring a handful of larger-than-life characters, including Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone, Herbert Hoover, Babe Ruth, Ernest Hemingway and Henry Ford.
557 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Hardback:Don Quixote:2009:First.
Author: Jenkins, Martin, 1959-
Author: Riddell, Chris
Author: Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Edition: First.
Publisher: Walker
Resource type: Physical
Note: Recounts the tale of Don Quixote, an elderly Spanish gentleman as he travels through sixteenth-century Spain. This is the famous tale of 'Don Quixote', an elderly Spanish gentleman, who reads one too many chivalric romances, and decides to become a knight errant, accompanied by his faithful 'squire' Sancho Panza. Young People.
347 p., ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1444799045
Paperback:10% happier, how I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge, and found self-help that actually works, a true story:2014
Author: Harris, Dan, 1971-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Yellow Kite
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: It Books Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.
xvi, 237 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
1408886812
Hardback:Norse mythology:2017
Author: Gaiman, Neil
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman's gods are thoroughly alive on the page - irascible, visceral, playful, passionate - and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods.
xix, 278 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:My brilliant friend:2012
Author: Ferrante, Elena
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Europa
Resource type: Physical
Note: This novel is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.
336 p. ; 21 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Don't tell:2009
Author: Rose, Karen, 1964-
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: Having suffered at the hands of her abusive husband long enough, Mary Grace Winters concocts a risky survival plan. She drives her car into a lake to fake her and her son's death, changes their names, and relocates to a small university town far away. Originally published: New York: Warner, 2003. Originally published: New York: Grand Central, 2003 Having suffered at the hands of her abusive husband long enough, Mary Grace Winters concocts a risky survival plan. She drives her car into a lake to fake her and her son's death, changes their names, and relocates to a small university town far away.
503 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Hardback:Past perfect:2017
Author: Steel, Danielle
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Delacorte Press Sybil and Blake Gregory live a well-ordered, predictable Manhattan life - she as a cutting-edge design authority and museum consultant, he in high-tech investments - raising their teenagers Andrew and Caroline and six-year-old Charlie. But when Blake is offered a dream job as CEO of a start-up in San Francisco, he accepts it, without consulting his wife, and buys a magnificent, historic mansion as their new home in Pacific Heights. Past and present collide at their elegant mansion, when they meet the large and lively family who lived there a century ago. All long dead but very much alive in spirit-visible to the Gregorys and no one else. Within these enchanted rooms, it is at once 1917 and a century later. Have the Gregorys been given a perfect gift; beloved friends, a chance to relive the past and the wisdom and grace to shape the future?
282 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)