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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)
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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:At first sight:2015
Author: Barnes, Jennifer
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That's why they make perfect assassins. The Institute finds these people when they're young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And. Originally published: New York: Egmont USA, 2013 There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That's why they make perfect assassins. The Institute finds these people when they're young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated. Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute's monitoring. But now they've ID'ed Claire and sent seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can't make the hit.
392 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1783446226
Paperback:Optimists die first, a novel:2018
Author: Nielsen-Fernlund, Susin, 1964-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Andersen Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 Petula has avoided friendship and happiness ever since tragedy struck her family and took her beloved younger sister Maxine. Worse, Petula blames herself. If only she'd kept an eye on her sister, if only she'd sewn the button Maxine choked on better, if only. Now her anxiety is getting out of control, she is forced to attend the world's most hopeless art therapy class. But one day, in walks the Bionic Man: a charming, amazingly tall newcomer called Jacob, who is also an amputee. Petula's ready to freeze him out, just like she did with her former best friend, but when she's paired with Jacob for a class project, there's no denying they have brilliant ideas together - ideas like remaking Wuthering Heights with cats. But Petula and Jacob each have desperately painful secrets in their pasts - and when the truth comes out, there's no way Petula is ready for it.
258 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471404617
Paperback:London belongs to us:2016
Author: Manning, Sarra
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 17-year-old Sunny's always been a little bit of a pushover. But when she's sent a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows she's got to act. What follows is a mad, 12-hour dash around London - starting at 8pm in Crystal Palace then sweeping through Camden, Shoreditch, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill, and ending up at 8am in Alexandra Palace. Along the way Sunny meets a whole host of characters she never dreamed she'd have anything in common with - least of all the devilishly handsome (and somewhat vain) French 'twins' (they're really cousins) Jean Luc and Vic. But as this love-letter to London shows, a city is only a sum of its parts, and really it's the people living there who make up its life and soul. And, as Sunny discovers, everyone is willing to help a girl on a mission to get her romantic retribution.
261 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408334283
Paperback:Book of lies:2016
Author: Terry, Teri
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orchard
Resource type: Physical
Note: They are trapped, frozen. Waiting. Straining against the wood that holds them. The unwary catch a glimpse now and then - feel their desperate hunger, see a glint of red eyes - and scurry out of the shadows of the wood, back to the light. She's coming; it will be soon. They will run free on the moors again. The Hunt will return. And the ground will run with blood. Tell a lie and the darkness will find you. Quinn and Piper are twins, but they've never met. A tragic event brings them together, and draws them into a family curse that stretches across centuries. One twin can command the darkness; the other could hold the key to breaking the curse. But when lies become truth and truth looks like lies, who can you believe?
427 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552572322
Paperback:Beauty, a retelling of the story of Beauty and the beast:2015
Author: McKinley, Robin
Year 2015
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Resource type: Physical
272 (Pbk)
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Large print:12th of never:2014:Large print ed
Author: Patterson, James, 1947-
Author: Paetro, Maxine
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed
Publisher: Charnwood
Resource type: Physical
Note: After only a brief time at home with her new daughter, Detective Lindsay Boxer is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, an eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced it is real. Lindsay doesn't believe him, but then a shooting is called in - and it fits the professor's description to the last detail. Lindsay doesn't have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when she is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life... After only a brief time at home with her new daughter, Detective Lindsay Boxer is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, an eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced it is real. Lindsay doesn't believe him, but then a shooting is called in - and it fits the professor's description to the last detail. Lindsay doesn't have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing with she is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life. Adult.
376 pages (large print) (hbk)
1444784692
Hardback:Now we shall be entirely free:2018
Author: Miller, Andrew, 1961-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: One rain-swept February night in 1809, an unconscious man is carried into a house in Somerset. He is Captain John Lacroix, home from Britain's disastrous campaign against Napoleon's forces in Spain. Gradually Lacroix recovers his health, but not his peace of mind - he cannot talk about the war or face the memory of what happened in a village on the gruelling retreat to Corunna. After the command comes to return to his regiment, he sets out instead for the Hebrides, with the vague intent of reviving his musical interests and collecting local folksongs. Lacroix sails north incognito, unaware that he has far worse to fear than being dragged back to the army: a vicious English corporal and a Spanish officer are on his trail, with orders to kill. The haven he finds on a remote island with a family of free-thinkers and the sister he falls for are not safe, at all.
423 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
031230143X
Hardback:Can't stop won't stop, a history of the hip-hop generation:2005
Author: Chang, Jeff
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: St. Martin's
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes bibliographical references, discography, filmography and index A history of hip-hop cites its origins in the post-civil rights Bronx and Jamaica, drawing on interviews with performers, activists, gang members, DJs, and others to document how the movement has influenced politics and culture.
512 p. ; 24 cm (hbk)