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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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Paperback:Snap:2018
Author: Bauer, Belinda, 1962-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: On a stifling summer's day, 11-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack's in charge, she said. I won't be long. But she doesn't come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever. Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you. Meanwhile Jack is still in charge - of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they're alone in the house, and - quite suddenly - of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother. But the truth can be a dangerous thing.
435 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552571164
Paperback:The game of lives:2015
Author: Dashner, James, 1972-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Michael used to live to game, but the games he was playing have become all too real. Only weeks ago, sinking into the Sleep was fun. The VirtNet combined the most cutting-edge technology and the most sophisticated gaming for a full mind-body experience. And it was Michael's passion. But now every time Michael sinks, he risks his life. The games are. Michael used to live to game, but the games he was playing have become all too real. Only weeks ago, sinking into the Sleep was fun. The VirtNet combined the most cutting-edge technology and the most sophisticated gaming for a full mind-body experience. And it was Michael's passion. But now every time he sinks, he risks his life. The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine - Kaine's master plan - has nearly been realised, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box - if Michael can figure out who his friends really are.
337 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857523627
Hardback:Old baggage:2018
Author: Evans, Lissa
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie is a woman with a thrilling past and a chafingly uneventful present. During the Women's Suffrage Campaign she was a militant. Jailed five times, she marched, sang, gave speeches, smashed windows and heckled Winston Churchill, and nothing - nothing - since then has had the same depth, the same excitement. Now in middle age, she is still looking for a fresh mould into which to pour her energies. Giving the wooden club a thoughtful twirl, she is struck by an idea - but what starts as a brilliantly idealistic plan is derailed by a connection with Mattie's militant past, one which begins to threaten every principle that she stands for.
309 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
9382277145
Hardback:Korma kheer & kismet : five seasons in old Delhi, five seasons in old Delhi:2014
Author: Timms, Pamela
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Resource type: Physical
Note: Food writing
hbk
1780621167
Paperback:Ruin and rising:2014
Author: Bardugo, Leigh
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Indigo
Resource type: Physical
Note: The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as Alina begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction - but claiming it could cost Alina the very future she is fighting for.
353 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
1846276837
Paperback:Convenience store woman:2018
Author: Murata, Sayaka, 1979-
Author: Takemori, Ginny Tapley
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Granta
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Japanese Keiko has never really fitted in. At school and university people find her odd and her family worries she'll never be normal. To appease them, Keiko takes a job at a newly opened convenience store. Here, she finds peace and purpose in the simple, daily tasks and routine interactions. She is, she comes to understand, happiest as a convienience store worker. But in Keiko's social circlel it just won't do for an unmarried woman to spend all her time stacking shelves and re-ordering green tea.
176 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
1529337208
Hardback:Girls of paper and fire:2018
Author: Ngan, Natasha
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honour they could hope for - and the most demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire. Lei is a member of the paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. 10 years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after - the girl with the golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king's interest. Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable - she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life.
viii, 383 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0349419817
Paperback:Leopard's run:2018
Author: Feehan, Christine
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: He keeps his emotions on a tight leash, but she can see the desire burning in his eyes. Timur Amurov has one purpose in life: protect his family at all costs. With lethal skills honed from a violent upbringing, Timur is a leopard shifter who sees any newcomers as possible threats - and the petite blond barista who his sister-in-law, Evangeline, has hired to work in her bakery is definitely hiding something. While Timur still needs to determine if Ashe is an enemy, he does know that she is the only woman whose presence has ever truly calmed the beast roaring inside of him. Ashe Bronte is well aware she has a type: sexy, gorgeous and dangerous as hell. Despite the fact that Timur is all those things and more, Ashe is in San Antonio for reasons that do not involve getting wild with a ruthless leopard - and she cannot afford to make any mistakes. But Timur has ignited something deep within her.
416 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)