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Paperback:The secret:2016
Author: Diamond, Katerina
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bridget Reid has a secret, one that could get her killed. If she can escape the man who is keeping her locked in a basement bedroom. DS Imogen Grey is good at keeping secrets - truths she'd never reveal to her colleagues at Exeter Police. She worked hard to get where she is - she nearly died for it. Now her past is catching up with her. As DS Grey and her partner DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a terrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder. And they realise that some secrets are better left buried.
404 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408851784
Paperback:A spy among friends, Philby and the great betrayal:2015
Author: Macintyre, Ben, 1963-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. His two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, tho. Originally published: 2014 Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. His two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone - and then discovered they had not known him at all. With access to newly released MI5 files and previously unseen family papers, and with the cooperation of former officers of MI6 and the CIA, this definitive biography unlocks what is perhaps the last great secret of the Cold War.
xiv, 352 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471168034
Hardback:Our house:2018
Author: Candlish, Louise
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most? Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her - and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth - that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?
438 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
178475367X
Paperback:16th seduction:2017
Author: Patterson, James, 1947-
Author: Paetro, Maxine
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Century 15 months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer's life was perfect - she had a beautiful child and a doting husband, Joe, who helped her catch a ruthless criminal who'd detonated a bomb in downtown San Francisco, killing 12 people. But Joe isn't everything that Lindsay thought he was and she's still reeling from his betrayal as a wave of mysterious, and possibly unnatural, heart attacks strike seemingly unrelated victims across San Francisco. Now the bomber she and Joe captured is about to go on trial and his defense raises damning questions about Lindsay and Joe's investigation. Not knowing whom to trust, and struggling to accept the truth about the man she thought she knew, Lindsay must connect the dots of a deadly conspiracy before a brilliant criminal puts her on trial.
350 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141384808
Hardback:Marshmallow Skye:2011
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Skye wants to be her own person, but with an effortlessly cool twin, how can she? Will Skye ever step out of Summer's shadow and find her own chance to shine? Skye and Summer Tanberry are identical twins, and Skye loves her sister Summer more than anyone else in the world. They do everything together, but lately Skye's been feeling like second-best - it's the story of her life. And when her friend Alfie confesses he's fallen not for her, but for Summer, it hurts Praise for Cherry Crush: All the teenage humours of romance, jealousy, friendship and sorrow rage freely in this brilliantly observed story of contemporary life. -- Julia Eccleshare lovereading4kids.co.uk The best book she has ever written amazon.co.uk Praise for Cathy's books: Touching, tender and unforgettable. The Guardian. from 9 to 11.
256 p. ; 22 cm (hbk)
0141338903
Paperback:Angel cake:2011
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2009. Anya used to dream of moving to Britain to start a brand-new life. But as she sits in a school where nobody understands her, she dreams of Polish summer skies and the place where she once belonged. Then Anya meets bad boy Dan. He's no angel but she's sure there's a sweeter side to him. Originally published: 2009
207 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141345888
Paperback:Summer's dream:2013:New in Paperback.
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New in Paperback.
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Aspiring ballerina Summer prepares for an audition at a top dance school . Originally published: 2012 Summer has always dreamed of dancing, and when a place at ballet school comes up, she wants it so badly it hurts. Middle school ends and the holidays begin, but unlike her sisters, Summer has no time for lazy days and sunny beach parties. The audition becomes her obsession, and things start spiralling out of control. The more Summer tries to find perfection, the more lost she becomes. Young People.
259 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1474607187
Paperback:IQ:2017
IQ
Author: Ide, Joe
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Mulholland Books, 2016 East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighbourhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tyres or a homemade casserole. To get by, he's forced to take on clients that can pay. This time, its a rap mogul whose life is in danger.
321 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Righteous:2017
Author: Ide, Joe
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: With gun battles, car chases, and many mental puzzles, 'Righteous' is a rollicking, ingenious, and thrilling roller coaster ride. It swerves from the streets of South Central to the hotels of Beverly Hills, from the casinos and massage parlours of Las Vegas to the mountains of the desert Southwest.
326 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0099583178
Paperback:The idiot:2018
Author: Batuman, Elif, 1977-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Penguin Press, 2017 Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, teaches ESL and spends a lot of time thinking about what language - and languages - can and cannot do. Along the way she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary. The two conduct a hilarious relationship that culminates with Selin spending the summer teaching English in a Hungarian village and enduring a series of surprising excursions. Throughout her journeys, Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a failed writer, and how baffling love is.
422 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:I'm travelling alone:2016
Author: Bjork, Samuel
Author: Barslund, Charlotte
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Doubleday, 2015 A six-year-old girl is found hanging from a tree. Around her neck is an airline tag which says 'I'm travelling alone'. A special homicide unit in Oslo is re-opened with veteran police investigator Holger Munch at the helm. He must convince his erstwhile partner, Mia Kruger, an extremely talented but eccentric investigator, to leave the solitary island to which she has retreated in order to take her own life. When scrutinising the murder files, Mia spots the number one carved into the dead girl's fingernail. She returns to duty to prevent more little girls falling victim to a terrifying, revenge-driven serial killer.
523 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0718183851
Hardback:Love me not:2017
Author: Arlidge, M. J.
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: A woman's body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it's clear she's looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much loved wife and mother? Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killer's choices? Who lives? Who dies? Who's next? The clock is ticking. If Helen can't solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own.
344 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
1471128121
Hardback:The widow's confession:2015
Author: Tobin, Sophia
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Broadstairs, Kent, 1850. Part sea-bathing resort, part fishing village, this is a place where people come to take the air, and where they come to hide. Delphine and her sister Julia have come to the seaside with a secret, one they have been running from for years. The clean air and quiet outlook of Broadstairs appeals to them and they think this is. Broadstairs, Kent, 1851. Part sea-bathing resort, part fishing village, this is a place where people come to take the air, and where they come to hide. Delphine and her cousin Julia have come to the seaside with a secret, one they have been running from for years. The clean air and quiet outlook of Broadstairs appeals to them and they think this is a place they can hide from the darkness for just a little longer. But this is a town with its own secrets, and a dark past. And when the body of a young girl is found washed up on the beach, a mysterious message scrawled on the sand beneath her, the past returns to haunt the town, and they cannot escape what happened here years before.
374 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1471113272
Paperback:Love Anthony:2013
Author: Genova, Lisa
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2012 Olivia is a young mother coping with the loss of her autistic son. She comes to Nantucket to separate herself from the life she led as wife and mother, and to start afresh, even as she tries to make sense of her tragedy: why was Anthony born autistic, only to live such a short life?
307 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141983779
eBook:Why we sleep, the new science of sleep and dreams:2017
Author: Walker, Matthew P.
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: eBook
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Description based on CIP data; resource not viewed. Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, health and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive. In this book, Matthew Walker charts 20 years of cutting-edge research, looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom to find the answers that will transform our appreciation of sleep and reverse our neglect.
1 online resource (368 pages) (ePub ebook)
0718179668
Hardback:Sunday morning coming down:2017
Author: French, Nicci
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: Psychotherapist Frieda Klein's home is her refuge until she returns to find it has become a disturbingly bloody crime scene. Beneath the floorboards the police have found the body of a man she had hired to help protect her. The killer's message is all too clear: you're mine. When those closest to Frieda begin to be targeted, the picture becomes more skewed: the patterns unclear. Unless Frieda can find and stop whoever is threatening her friends and family, her love and loyalty could come at a truly fatal cost.
405 pages, map (colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0071381392
Paperback:The no-cry sleep solution, gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night:c2002
Author: Pantley, Elizabeth
Year c2002
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Contemporary
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes index. Sleep is one of the most-discussed topics among new parents - because they don't get enough! Elizabeth Pantley has devised a programme for helping babies sleep through the night without having to cry it out. Includes index
xv, 254 p., ill. ; 21 cm (pbk)
140916778X
Hardback:The little big things, a young man's belief that every day can be a good day:2017
Author: Fraser, Henry
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Seven Dials
Resource type: Physical
Note: Henry Fraser was 17 years old when a tragic accident severed his spinal cord. Paralysed from the shoulders down, he has conquered unimaginable difficulty to embrace life and a new way of living. Through challenging adversity, he has found the opportunity to grow and inspire others. This book combines his wisdom and insight into finding the gifts in life's challenges, and will resonate with anyone facing an obstacle, no matter how big or small. It includes Henry's thoughts on how to look at the right things and avoid the wrong, finding progress in whatever you do, and acknowledging and accepting the darkness when it comes. Right at the heart of Henry's inspiring philosophy is his belief that every day is a good day.
161 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (colour) ; 23 cm (hbk)