New books Issue 54 November 2016



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Allende, Isabel. The Japanese lover. 2015. General fiction.

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis and the world goes to war, young Alma Belasco's parents send her overseas to live with an aunt and uncle in their opulent San Francisco mansion. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family's Japanese gardener. Between them a tender love blossoms, but following Pearl Harbor the two are cruelly pulled apart. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love they are forever forced to hide from the world.

3v.


Alliott, Catherine. Wish you were here. 2015. Chick lit.

When Flora, James and their two teenage daughters are offered the holiday of a lifetime in a chateau in the south of France in return for one simple good deed, they jump at the chance. They exchange the confines of Clapham, the weight of the mortgage and anxieties over their future for a blissful break . But Flora didn't anticipate a mysterious guest and a whole heap of family baggage coming too. With James developing a schoolboy crush on a famous singer and Flora distracted by ghosts from her past, their dream holiday suddenly takes some very unexpected turns.

4v.


Baldacci, David. Memory man. 2015. Crime.

Amos Decker: book 1. When ex-detective Amos Decker returned home 18 months ago to find the bodies of his wife and only daughter, he didn't think he could carry on living. Overwhelmed with grief, he saw his life spiral out of control, losing his job, his house and his self-respect. But when his former partner in the police visits to tell him that someone has confessed to the murders, he knows he owes it to his wife and child to seek justice for them.

5v.


Beatty, Paul. The sellout. 2016. General fiction.

Born in the 'agrarian ghetto' of Dickens, on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout is raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, and spends his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. When his father is killed in a drive-by shooting, all that’s left is a bill for a drive-through funeral. What’s more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

3v.


Binchy, Maeve. Light a penny candle. 2006. Family stories.

As a child, Elizabeth White was sent from her war-torn London home to a safer life in the small Irish town of Kilgarret. It was there that she met Aisling, who would become her very best friend, sharing her pet kitten and secretly teaching her the intricacies of Catholicism. Aisling's boldness brought Elizabeth out of her proper shell and carried her through the painful end of her parents' chilly marriage. In return, Elizabeth's friendship helped Aisling endure her own unsatisfying marriage to a raging alcoholic. Through the years, they believed they could survive anything, as long as they had each other. Now they're about to find out if they were right.

8v.


Burnet, Graeme Macrae. His bloody project. 2015. Historical crime.

A brutal triple murder in a remote northern crofting community in 1869 leads to the arrest of Roderick Macrae, a seventeen-year-old from the village. There s no question that he is guilty, but why did he commit the crime? Was he insane? Whose account should we believe? And will he hang? The story is recounted through Roderick Macrae's memoir, trial transcripts, and newspaper reports.

3v.


Chadwick, Elizabeth. The winter crown. 2015. Historical fiction.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: book 2. It is the winter of 1154 and Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. While her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Eleanor fulfils her duty as acting ruler and bearer of royal children. But she wants to be more than this, if only Henry would let her. Instead, Henry belittles and excludes her, falling for a young mistress and leaving Eleanor sidelined and angry. Frustrated at Henry's hoarding of power, Eleanor is forced into a rebellion of devastating consequences.

6v.


Cleeves, Ann. The crow trap. 2010.Crime.

Vera Stanhope: book1. At the isolated Baikie's Cottage, three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. The three women each know the meaning of betrayal. Rachael is the first to arrive at the cottage, where she discovers the body of her friend, Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide, a verdict Rachael refuses to accept. When another death occurs, a fourth woman enters the picture, the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope.

5v.


Coetzee, J. M. The schooldays of Jesus. 2016. Literary fiction.

Davíd is the small boy who is always asking questions. Simón and Inés take care of him in their new town Estrella. He is learning the language; he has begun to make friends. He has the big dog Bolívar to watch over him. But he'll be seven soon and he should be at school. And so, Davíd is enrolled in the Academy of Dance. It's here, in his new golden dancing slippers, that he learns how to call down the numbers from the sky. But it's here too that he will make troubling discoveries about what grown-ups are capable of.

3v.


Cogman, Genevieve. The invisible library. 2015. Fantasy.

Invisible Library: book 1. Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai , she's posted to an alternative London . Their mission - to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book. Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested - the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic.

4v.


Croft, Kathryn. The stranger within. 2014. Thriller.

On the surface, Callie Harwell has it all. Newly married to James, she finally gets the family she has longed for and becomes a mother to his two sons. So why is she arrested for murder? Things are not as Callie hoped they would be and she struggles to be accepted as part of James’ family, and to keep hidden the secrets that could destroy her future. As her life spirals out of control, setting in motion a chain of events with devastating consequences, Callie is forced to question how well we ever really know ourselves.

2v.


De Bernières, Louis. The dust that falls from dreams. 2015. General Fiction.

In the brief golden years of King Edward VII's reign, Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up in an idyllic and eccentric household in Kent. For Rosie, the path ahead is full of challenges. Torn between her love for two young men, one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace, she has to navigate her way through extraordinary times. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out of the opportunities and devastations that follow the Great War?

6v.


Dillon, Lucy. One small act of kindness. 2015. Chick lit.

When a woman is hit by a car and knocked unconscious, passer-by Libby feels a sense of responsibility towards her. She was the one who called the ambulance, after all. When the woman comes round, she's suffered complete temporary memory loss. Libby feels sorry for the scared woman and offers to put her up for a few days at the rundown B&B she and her husband Jason are trying to convert into a chic romantic hideaway. But as the women's friendship blossoms, Pippa, as they're calling her, starts to get the feeling she was looking for someone.

5v.


Douglas, Donna. The Nightingale girls. 2012. General fiction.

Nightingale girls: book 1. Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V. Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather. Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight. In fact she is in the formidable shadow of her overbearing mother, who dominates every aspect of her life. Can a nursing career free Helen at last? The third of our heroines is naughty, rebellious Millie, an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life.

5v.


Edwards, Mark. Follow you home. 2015. Thriller.

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home. Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what happened that night. But as they try to fit into their old lives again, they realise they are in terrible danger and that their nightmare is just beginning.

3v.


Erskine, Barbara. Daughters of fire. 2007. Historical fiction.

The Romans are landing in Britannia. Cartimandua, the young woman destined to rule the great Brigantes tribe, watches the invaders come ever closer. In the present day, historian Viv Lloyd Rees has immersed herself in the legends surrounding the Celtic queen. Viv struggles to hide her visions of Cartimandua and her conviction that they are real. But her obsession becomes more persistent when she finds an ancient brooch that carries a curse. Bitter rivalries and overwhelming passions are reawakened as past envelops present and Viv finds herself in the greatest danger of her life.

7v.


Evans, Harriet. A place for us. 2015. Family stories.

The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside. The hall is cool after the hot summer's day. The welcome is kind, and always warm. Yet something makes you suspect life here can't be as perfect as it seems. After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret. But wouldn't you pay any price to have a glorious place like this? Welcome to Winterfold. Martha Winter's family is finally coming home.

5v.


Fellowes, Julian. Belgravia. 2016. Historical fiction.

On the evening of 15 June 1815, the great and the good of British Society have gathered in Brussels at the Duchess of Richmond's ball. For Sophia Trenchard, the young and beautiful daughter of Wellington's chief supplier, this night will change everything. But it is only twenty-five years later, when the upwardly mobile Trenchards move into the fashionable new area of Belgravia, that the true repercussions of that moment will be felt. For in this new world, where the aristocracy rub shoulders with the emerging nouveau riche, there are those who would prefer the secrets of the past to remain buried.

5v.


Flynn, Katie. Rainbow's end. 2013. Family stories.

Liverpool, 1904. When Ada Docherty gives birth to twins, Deidre and Donald, in her tiny house in Evangelist Court, she has no choice but to make Ellen, her eldest daughter, bring them up, for she must work to feed seven hungry mouths. But in Dublin, Maggie McVeigh's lot is even harder, for she sleeps on straw in a tumbledown tenement. When a local woman, Mrs. Nolan, needs someone to look after her sons, Maggie takes on the job and finds security and comfort and love, too, with the eldest boy, Liam. This is the story of two families struggling through poverty and hardship to reach their Rainbow's End.

5v.


Forster, E. M. Maurice. 2005. Classic. Gay fiction.

Maurice is born into a privileged way of life, conforming to social conventions, yet he finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, a Cambridge friend, and Alec, the gamekeeper, he experiences a sexual awakening.

3v.


Franklin, Ariana. Winter siege. 2014. Historical fiction.

1141. A mercenary watches from the icy reeds as a little girl with red hair is attacked by his own men. He is powerless to stop them. But a strange twist of fate brings them together again. Sheltering in a church, he finds the girl freezing cold, close to death, clutching a sliver of parchment. And now he is certain of what he must do. He will bring her back to life. He will train her to fight. And he will protect her from the man who calls himself a monk, who lost a piece of parchment he will do anything to get back.

4v.


Franzen, Jonathan. Purity. 2015. Literary fiction.

Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland and that her relationship with her mother is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life.

7v.


Galbraith, Robert. Career of evil. 2015. Crime.

Cormoran Strike: book 3. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

6v.


Goodwin, Rosie. Dancing till midnight. 2006. Family stories.

Grace Collins, orphaned as a child, has been brought up by her severely religious aunt, Emily. Starved of love, she falls for the first man who shows her affection. Then she discovers the joy of ballroom dancing, and she meets Philip, who sweeps her off her feet and promises to show her a better way of life. But as he draws her into a web of deceit, she discovers that all that glitters is not gold.

5v.


Hardie, Mark. Burned and broken. 2016. Crime.

An enigmatic policeman, currently the subject of an internal investigation, is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front. A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend. As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague's death, they're under intense pressure to crack the case without damaging the force's reputation.

3v.


Hurley, Andrew Michael. The loney. 2015. Horror.

If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney, that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest. It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is. I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn't stay hidden for ever, no matter how much I wanted it to.

4v.


Jones, Sadie. Fallout. 2015. General fiction.

Luke Kanowski is a young playwright: intense, magnetic, fleeing a disastrous upbringing in the North East. Arriving in London, he meets Paul Driscoll, an aspiring producer, and beautiful, fiery Leigh Radley. Luke, Paul and Leigh set up a radical theatre company. Nina Jacobs is a fragile actress, bullied by her mother and in thrall to a controlling producer. When Luke meets Nina he recognises a soul in danger and loyalty, friendship, everything he has fought for, is drawn into the heat of their collision.

4v.


Kennedy, A. L. Serious sweet. 2016. Literary fiction.

A good man in a bad world, Jon Sigurdsson is 59 and divorced: a senior civil servant in Westminster who hates many of his colleagues and loathes his work for a government engaged in unmentionable acts and a man of conscience. Meg Williams is a bankrupt accountant. She’s 45 and shakily sober, living on Telegraph Hill, where she can see London unfurl below her. Somewhere out there is safety. As Jon and Meg navigate the sweet and serious heart of London, they pass through 24 hours that will change them both forever. Contains swear words.

5v.


Keyes, Marian. The woman who stole my life. 2015. Chick lit.

Stella Sweeny is back in Dublin. After living the dream in New York for a year, touring her self-help book, appearing on talk shows all over the USA and living it up in her 10-room duplex on the Upper West Side, she's back to normality with a bang. And she's got writer's block.

5v.


Killen, Chris. In real life. 2015. General fiction.

For a while, Ian, Lauren and Paul shared the same friends, the same university, the same dreams and the same potential. Ten years on they are worlds apart. Call centres, charity shops and bedrooms that smell like cabbage were never part of the plan. The real world doesn't look quite like any of them imagined. But when Lauren, in a moment of nostalgia, cracks open a long-forgotten Hotmail account, she comes face to face with the people these three friends used to be. For two of them it will mean a new beginning to an old love story. Contains swear words.

3v.


Lethbridge, Ann. Captured countess. 2014. Mills & Boon historical.

Nicoletta, the Countess Vilandry, is on a dangerous mission, to lure fellow spy Gabriel D'Arcy into bed and into revealing his true loyalties. With such sensual games at play, and such strong sensations awakened, suddenly Nicky's dangerously close to exposing her real identity. Gabe knows the Countess has been sent to seduce him. The only question is to what end? He's never met such a captivating woman and he's determined to enjoy every seductive second she spends as his very willing captive.

3v.


Levy, Deborah. Hot milk. 2016. Literary fiction.

Two women arrive in a Spanish village, a dreamlike place caught between the desert and the ocean, seeking medical advice and salvation. One suffers from a mysterious illness: spontaneous paralysis confines her to a wheelchair. The other, her daughter Sofia, has spent years playing the reluctant detective, struggling to understand her mother's illness. Searching for a cure to a defiant and quite possibly imagined disease, ever more entangled in the seductive, mercurial games of those around her, Sofia finally comes to confront and reconcile the disparate fragments of her identity.

2v.


McLaughlin, Emma. Between you and me. 2013. Family stories.

Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it's an offer she can't refuse. Yet the joy at their reunion is overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her controlling parents. As Kelsey grasps desperately at a "real" life, Logan risks everything to try and give her cousin the one thing she has never known, happiness.

3v.


McGuire, Ian. The north water. 2016. Historical fiction.

Behold the man: stinking, drunk, brutal and bloodthirsty, Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaling ship bound for the hunting waters of the Arctic Circle in 1859. Also aboard is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money and no better option than to embark as ship's medic on this ill-fated voyage. In India during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which a man can stoop and imagined he'd find respite on the Volunteer, but now, trapped in the wooden belly of the ship with Drax, he encounters pure evil and is forced to act.

3v.


Mallory, Sarah. Pride in Regency Society. 2014. Mills and Boon romance.

When young widow Evelina Wylder comes face to face with her dashing captain husband, very much alive, she’s shocked, overjoyed and furious. So, whatever his explanation for his outrageous deception, she’ll keep Nick firmly out of their marriage bed. The earl's runaway bride: Felicity’s husband, dashing Major Nathan Carraway, has disappeared into war-torn Spain. Left alone, Felicity discovers a dark secret behind her whirlwind marriage and flees to England. Five years on, Felicity has just taken the hand of a handsome dance partner. She’s about to come face to face with her commanding husband, back to claim his runaway bride.

6v.


Means, David. Hystopia. 2016. General fiction.

At the bitter end of the 1960s, after surviving multiple assassination attempts, President John F. Kennedy has created a vast federal agency, the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation's mental hygiene by any means necessary. Soldiers returning from Vietnam have their battlefield traumas 'enfolded' - wiped from their memories through drugs and therapy - while veterans too damaged to be enfolded roam at will in Michigan, evading the Psych Corps and re-enacting atrocities on civilians. 3v.

Montefiore, Santa. The swallow and the hummingbird. 2014. Romance.

When George Bolton returns home to Devon at the end of the war, Rita assumes that her childhood sweetheart will marry her and that their future will be a continuation of their past. But the boy who joined the RAF has come back a man, and a man irrevocably changed by the horrors that he has seen. How long should Rita wait for the love of her life?

5v.


Mortimer, Carole. The redemption of Darius Sterne. 2015. Mills and Boon romance.

The twin tycoons: book 1. Having built a global empire synonymous with excellence, formidable tycoon Darius Sterne is a man who gets what he wants. Always. And right now? He wants ex-ballerina Miranda Jacobs, in his bed and sighing his name in pleasure. Virginal Miranda can’t resist the allure of the brooding billionaire. But the closer he pulls her, the more Darius threatens the barriers she’s carefully constructed to conceal the scars of her past. Yet Miranda isn’t the only one with pain to hide. Can her pure love dance into his heart, and redeem the dark and damaged Darius Sterne?

2v.


Moyes, Jojo. After you. 2015. Romance.

Me before you: book 2. Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did 18 months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does.

4v.


Nevill, Adam L. G. No one gets out alive. 2014. Horror.

Cash-strapped, working for agencies and living in shared accommodation, Stephanie Booth feels she can fall no further. So when she takes a new room at the right price, she believes her luck has finally turned. But 82 Edgware Road is not what it appears to be. It's not only the eerie atmosphere of the vast, neglected house, or the disturbing attitude of her new landlord, Knacker McGuire, that makes her uneasy - it's the whispers behind the fireplace, the scratching beneath floors, the footsteps in the dark, and the young women weeping in neighbouring rooms.

5v.


Parsons, Tony. The murder bag. 2015. Crime.

Max Wolfe: book 1. There's a serial killer on the loose. He cuts throats. And he is good at it. 20 years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field, founded 500 years ago by King Henry VIII. Suddenly they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city all the way to the corner rooms in the corridors of power. At enormous personal cost, what Wolfe uncovers is a horrific secret that has been buried for two decades and is now ready to explode.

4v.


Patterson, James. Private. 2011. Thriller.

Private: book 1. Former US Marine Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. In L.A., Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multimillion-dollar gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of eighteen schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer. And Jack doesn't have to play by the rules.

3v.


Patterson, James. Private London. 2012. Thriller.

Private: book 2. For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private, the world's most exclusive detective agency, saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.

3v.


Patterson, James. Private games. 2012. Thriller.

Private: book 3. When Sir Denton Marshall, a key member of the London Olympic organising committee, is found brutally murdered, Peter Knight, head of Private London, is called to the scene. Private are working with the organising committee on security for the Games, so Denton Marshall was a valuable client. It soon becomes clear that this is no isolated incident. The killer is targeting the Games itself, and the lives of everyone involved are under threat.

3v.


Patterson, James. Private - no. 1 suspect. 2013. Thriller.

Private: book 4. Since former US Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world’s most successful detective agency. But when his former lover is found murdered in Jack’s bed, Jack is instantly the number one suspect. With his team stretched to breaking point and Jack fighting for his life, he finds himself strong-armed by the mob into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals, and Jack realises he is facing his most powerful enemies ever.

3v.


Patterson, James. Private down under. 2014. Thriller.

Private: book 6. With the best detectives in the business, cutting edge technology and offices around the globe, there is no investigating agency like Private. A horrific murder in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney stretches the newly formed Australian team to the limit. And if they don’t catch the killer soon, the next victim could be someone close to Private.

3v.


Patterson, James. Private L.A. 2014. Thriller.

Private: book 7. Jack Morgan is having a bad week. His twin brother is up on a murder charge and determined to frame him for the crime, and one of Jack’s clients has just called to report the burnt bodies of four surfers on his beach. But what seems like a random mugging gone wrong soon reveals something far worse, a killer calling themselves No Prisoners is holding the city to ransom. And there’s more bad news: Hollywood’s golden couple, Thom and Jennifer Harlow, have been kidnapped, along with their adopted children.

4v.


Patterson, James. Private India. 2014. Thriller.

Private: book 8. Santosh Wagh heads Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world's finest PI agency. Someone is killing women, seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes. As Santosh and his team race to find the killer, an even greater danger faces Private India, a danger that could threaten the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.

3v.


Patterson, James. Private Vegas. 2015. Thriller.

Private: book 9. Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, the global PI agency of the rich and famous, is being pushed to the limit. His car has been firebombed, his ex is dating someone else, and his twin brother is still out to destroy him. Add to that Jack’s best friend being held on a trumped-up charge that could see him locked away for a very long time, and it seems like all bets are off.

3v.


Patterson, James. Private Sydney. 2015. Thriller.

Private: book 10. Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will investigate the disappearance of her father. After all, as CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric Moss shouldn't be difficult to find. Powerful figures want Moss to stay 'lost', while others just as ruthlessly want him found. Meanwhile, a routine background check becomes a frantic race to find a stolen baby and catch a brutal killer, a killer Private may well have sent straight to the victim's door.

3v.


Quinn, Anthony. Curtain call, or, the distinguished thing: a novel.

2015. General fiction.

On a sultry afternoon in the summer of 1936 a woman accidentally interrupts an attempted murder in a London hotel room. Nina Land, a West End actress, faces a dilemma: she's not supposed to be at the hotel in the first place, and certainly not with a married man. But once it becomes apparent that she may have seen the face of the man the newspapers have dubbed the 'Tie-Pin Killer' she realises that another woman's life could be at stake.

4v.

Reeman, Douglas. Go in and sink. 2001. Sea stories.

February 1943. As the balance of the war slowly shifts in Britain's favour, Lieutenant-Commander Steven Marshall brings his battle-scarred submarine into home port. Captain and crew are exhausted after fourteen months' continuous service, but for most there can be no thought of leave. If the enemy collapse in North Africa is to be exploited, every experienced man will be needed. Marshall must return to the Mediterranean, but this time to a very different kind of war. For his new command is secret and extremely hazardous - a captured German U-boat.

4v.


Reeves, Virginia. Work like any other. 2016. General fiction.

Roscoe T. Martin has set his sights on a new type of power spreading at the start of the 20th century: electricity. When his wife Marie inherits her father's failing farm Roscoe uses his skills as an electrician to siphon energy from the state, ushering in a period of bounty and happiness on a farm recently falling to ruin. Even the love of Marie and their son seems back within Roscoe's grasp. Then a young man is electrocuted on their land. Roscoe is arrested for manslaughter and, no longer an electrician or even a farmer, he must now carve out a place in a violent new world.

3v.


Saintcrow, Lilith. The iron wyrm affair. 2012. Fantasy.

Bannon and Clare: book 1. London's geniuses are being picked off by a vicious killer, and Emma Bannon, a sorceress in the service of the Empire, must protect the next target, Archibald Clare. Unfortunately he's more interested in solving the mystery of the murders than staying alive.

3v.


Saintcrow, Lilith. The red plague affair. 2013. Fantasy.

Bannon and Clare: book 2. After defeating a clockwork army bent upon regicide, Emma Bannon and Archibald Clare have come to respect each other's skills. So when the Queen asks Emma to track down a missing doctor who holds the key to a deadly weapon, Archibald's deductive talent may be just what she needs to find the man.

3v.


Shaw, Rebecca. Village matters: tales from Turnham Malpas. 1999. Country life fiction.

Turnham Malpas: book 3. Times are changing in Turnham Malpas. Brash Craddock Fitch determined to make his mark on the village and the village is determined to put him in his place. Sir Ralph is having trouble adjusting to his more modest status, and timid Muriel to her exalted one, while a change of fortune surprises Jimmy Glover too. It's all Jimbo Charter-Plackett, fount of all gossip, can do to keep up. But these concerns are eclipsed by tragedy when Flick, Jimbo's daughter, is knocked down by the unpopular barman Alan. And before the shock of the accident has passed, a bitter dispute springs up that could affect the entire village.

3v.


Sparks, Nicholas. See me. 2015. Romance.

Colin Hancock is focused on getting his teaching degree and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his past. The last thing he's looking for is a serious relationship. But when he crosses paths with Maria Sanchez one rainswept night, his carefully structured life is turned upside down. Before the couple has a chance to envision a life together, menacing reminders from events in Maria's past begin to surface.

7v.


Stirling, Jessica. Prized possessions. 1999. Family stories.

Lizzie Conway has clawed her way out of the worst slums of the Gorbals, all for the sake of her three daughters, her most prized possessions. She would do anything to protect Polly, Babs and Rosie. In this tough part of Glasgow, there are many dangers, physical and moral, facing women. And the girls themselves seem sometimes to be determined to make marriages as unwise as the one that landed her with crippling debts, three small children and no man to take care of them. Lizzie is a fighter; to her surprise, so are more than one of her girls.

5v.


Strout, Elizabeth. My name is Lucy Barton: a novel. 2016. Literary fiction.

A mother comes to visit her daughter in hospital after having not seen her in many years. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront her past, uncovering long-buried memories of a profoundly impoverished childhood; and her present, as the facade of her new life in New York begins to crumble, awakening her to the reality of her faltering marriage and her unsteady journey towards becoming a writer. From Lucy's hospital bed, we are drawn ever more deeply into the emotional complexity of family life, the inescapable power of the past, and the memories, however painful, that bind a family together.

1v.


Szalay, David. All that man is. 2016. General fiction.

There are nine men in this book, and they think they have unique stories. But really, aren't they all the same man? Each of them is searching, reaching, not quite grasping their situations. None of them is at home. They are alone in the edgelands of Europe, and the stakes are bewilderingly high. And so these nine lives form an ingenious novel, in which David Szalay expertly plots a dark predicament for the 21st century man. It's not a joke. Life is not a joke. Contains swear words.

4v.


Tait, Vanessa. The looking glass house. 2015. Historical fiction.

Oxford, 1862. When Mary meets Charles Dodgson, the Christ Church mathematics tutor, at a party at the Deanery, she wonders if he may be the person to transform her life. Flattered by his attentions, Mary begins to believe that she could be more than just an overlooked, dowdy governess. One sunny day, as Mary chaperones the Liddells on a punting trip, Mr Dodgson tells the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. But Mary is determined to become Mr Dodgson's muse and will turn all the lives around her topsy-turvey in pursuit of her obsession.

3v.


Taylor, Douglas S. Sword of souls. 2006. Fantasy.

Chronicles of Caledon: book 1. Sword of Souls launches just after the fall of the Ramadan tribes by the merciless red bearded Tarvas who invade sparing only the women and the young children in their brutal endeavors of destruction. A young orphan by the name of Lithius manages the miraculously escape from the bondage of the Tarvas warriors. Lithius through his acquired strength and magic begins his ascension only to embrace the formidable armies and darker secrets of the evil Lord of Draccus, Morderra-Atrauis.

3v.


Thien, Madeleine. Do not say we have nothing. 2016. General fiction.

In Canada in 1991, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. As her relationship with Marie deepens, Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China,from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao's ascent to the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s and the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989.

5v.


Titchmarsh, Alan. The last lighthouse keeper. 2004. Romance.

Will Elliott is out of a job. The lighthouse he's been manning on Prince Albert Rock, off the wild Cornish coast, is about to become automated. So Will decides to fulfil his lifelong ambition, to sail round the coastline of Britain. Determined to continue his solitary existence, Will begins his preparations for his epic voyage. But before he has time to so much as paint his hull, he meets Amy Finn, a beautiful artist and fellow loner.

3v.


Watson, Mark. Hotel Alpha. 2015. General fiction.

Three decades ago, the charismatic Howard York built the empire of his dreams: the Hotel Alpha. Graham, the Alpha's concierge, has been behind the front desk since the day the hotel opened and has witnessed every stage of its history. Chas, Howard's blind adopted son, has almost never ventured outside its walls. But both of them must now accept that the Alpha no longer offers them the life they most want, and that Howard's vision has been built on secrets as well as dreams.

3v.


Watson, S. J. Second life. 2015. Thriller.

When Julia learns that her sister has been violently murdered, she must uncover why. But Julia's quest quickly evolves into an alluring exploration of own darkest sensual desires. Becoming involved with a dangerous stranger online, she's losing herself, losing control, and perhaps losing everything. Her search for answers will jeopardize her marriage, her family, and her life.

4v.


Williams, John. Butcher's Crossing. 2014. Western.

Vintage classics. Will Andrews drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere and full of restless men looking for ways to make money. Before long Andrews strikes up a friendship with a man who convinces him to fund an expedition to track down buffalo in the Colorado Rockies.

3v.


Willis, Connie. Doomsday book. 2012. Science fiction.

SF masterworks. A woman travels back through time to complete her doctoral thesis but, due to an accident, she lands in the middle of the Black Plague of 1348. The Oxford she left behind is laid low by a mysterious strain of influenza and, with no-one willing to risk arranging her rescue, time is running out.

7v.






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