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New Books

Issue 56

March 2017

Your regular update of new titles available for loan and sale from RNIB.


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New Books 1

Issue 56 1

March 2017 1

Braille 1

Giant print 1

Talking Books 1

Books for sale 1

Postal collections 2

Braille 7

Adult fiction 7

Adult non-fiction 28

Autobiography 28

Biography 28

Country life and farming 30

Drama 30

History 30

Quick reads 31

Children and young adult fiction 32

7+ suggested reading age 32

9+ suggested reading age 34

13+ suggested reading age 36

15+ suggested reading age 37

Giant print 38

Adult fiction 38

Adult non-fiction 45

Autobiography 45

Children and young adult fiction 46

5+ suggested reading age 46

7+ suggested reading age 46

9+ suggested reading age 48

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15+ suggested reading age 51

Children and young adult non-fiction 52

9+ suggested reading age 52

Drama 52

Talking Books 53

Adult fiction 53

Adult non-fiction 76

Autobiography and biography 76

Drama 80

Food and drink 80

History 80

Poetry 81

Politics and government 81

Psychology 81

Travel 82

True crime 82

Warfare and defence 82

Children and young adult fiction 83

7+ suggested reading age 83

9+ suggested reading age 84

11+ suggested reading age 87

13+ suggested reading age 88

15+ suggested reading age 89

Books for sale 89

DAISY made-to-order 89

To borrow books 94

To buy books 94

Braille 5

Adult fiction 5

Adult non-fiction 26

Autobiography 26

Biography 26

Country life and farming 28

Drama 28

History 28

Quick reads 29

Children and young adult fiction 30

7+ suggested reading age 30

9+ suggested reading age 32

13+ suggested reading age 34

15+ suggested reading age 35

Giant print 36

Adult fiction 36

Adult non-fiction 43

Autobiography 43

Children and young adult fiction 44

5+ Suggested reading age 44

7+ Suggested reading age 44

9+ suggested reading age 46

11+ suggested reading age 48

13+ suggested reading age 49

15+ suggested reading age 49

Children and young adult non-fiction 50

9+ suggested reading age 50

Drama 50

Talking Books 51

Adult fiction 51

Adult non-fiction 74

Autobiography and biography 74

Drama 78

Food and drink 78

History 78

Poetry 79

Politics and government 79

Psychology 79

Travel 80

True crime 80

Warfare and defence 80

Children and young adult fiction 81

7+ suggested reading age 81

9+ suggested reading age 82

11+ suggested reading age 85

13+ suggested reading 86

15+ suggested reading age 87

Books for sale 87

DAISY made-to-order 87


Adult fiction

Adams, Will. Newton's Fire. 2012. Thriller.

Luke Hayward is adrift. Blacklisted out of academia, he is in no position to refuse when a client asks for his expert help in recovering some lost Isaac Newton papers. But a chance discovery in a dusty attic plunges Luke into a race to uncover the truth behind some seemingly random scribblings - a race which pits Luke against a fundamentalist madman with dangerously powerful friends. Luke discovers connections between Oxford, London and the Old City of Jerusalem in a breathless chase to uncover a secret hidden in the eccentric ramblings of a mathematical genius; a secret that, in the wrong hands, could be used to spark the holy war to end all holy wars.

UEB. 6v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25495703

Bagshawe, Tilly. Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness. 2010. Thriller.

Grace Brookstein is the beautiful, young, and naive wife of financial superstar, Leonard Brookstein. In 2009 the US stock market goes into a terrifying freefall, and the public want someone to blame. Oblivious and seemingly unscathed, Grace continues her charmed life, until the death of Lenny in a tragic “accident” forces her to face reality. His financial affairs unravel, revealing expensive crimes, and now Grace is in the frame. Exposing a spiralling web of vicious lies and well-planned deceit, she soon puts her own life in danger. Grace is alone, angry, and desperate for revenge.

UEB. 6v. Price: £6.42. Order No: 25570003

Bennett, Vanora. The White Russian. 2015. General fiction.

Evie, a rebellious young American, leaves New York in search of art and adventure in jazz-age Paris, where her grandmother lives. But on arrival, her grandmother's sudden death leaves Evie compelled to carry out her dying wish: to find a man from her past called Zhenya. The quest leads Evie deep into the heart of the Russian émigré community of Paris. With the world on the brink of war, she becomes embroiled in murder plots, conspiracies and illicit love affairs as White faces Red Russian and nothing is as it seems.

UEB. 6v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25496403

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, in the crowded, chaotic O'Connor household, 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; later, her support carried Elizabeth 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.

UEB. 12v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25482703

Bond, Cynthia. Ruby. 2015. Literary fiction.

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe centre of the city, all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, 30-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25571303

Boyd, William. Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay. 2015. Literary fiction.

Amory's first memory is of her father standing on his head. She has memories of him returning on leave during the First World War. But his absences, both actual and emotional, are what she chiefly remembers. It is her photographer uncle Greville who supplies the emotional bond she needs, and, when he gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography, unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future.

UEB. 7v. Price: £18.99. Order No: 25463603

Bradford, Barbara Taylor. The Cavendon Women. 2015. Family stories.

Cavendon Hall: book 2. 1926. One stately home’s future lies with four very different young women: Daphne, fighting to modernise her ancestral home; Cecily Swann, forging a path as a fashion designer in London; Deidre, the career girl, and Dulcie, the outspoken debutante. They will change the estate’s future for good or ill as the roaring twenties burn towards the Great Depression. Nothing will ever be the same again.

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25575703

Bradshaw, Rita. Break of Dawn. 2012. Historical romance.

Her mother's death in childbirth leaves Sophy Hutton at the mercy of her cruel aunt and uncle. At 16, Sophy learns the shocking truth behind her birth and escapes to London to forget her past. But life for women at the turn of the century is fraught with danger and Sophy soon discovers the darker side to the capital. Young and innocent, she doesn't recognise the man who really loves her when he appears; instead she is charmed into marrying handsome actor Toby Shawe, a flawed and amoral individual. Then the heartache really begins.

UEB. 7v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25492503

Bretherick, Diana. The Devil's Daughters. 2015. Historical crime.

City of Devils: book 2. 1888. When young Scottish scientist James Murray receives a letter from Sofia Esposito, a woman he once loved and lost, he cannot refuse her cry for help. Sofia's fifteen-year-old cousin has vanished but, because of her lower-class status, the police are unwilling to investigate. As he embarks on his search for the missing girl, Murray uncovers a series of mysterious disappearances of young women and rumours of a haunted abbey on the outskirts of the city.

UEB. 7v. Price: £13.99. Order No: 25497103

Britton, Fern. New Beginnings. 2011. Chick lit.

TV presenter Christie Lynch's life is about to change forever. A journalist and single mother of two, she can't believe her luck when she is spotted by a talent agent during an appearance on daytime TV show, Tart Talk. Soon the nation's sweetheart, Christie can't help but love her new job and, for the first time in years, she can mend her leaking roof and buy her kids, Libby and Freddie, a few treats. But as her career soars, Christie's forced to spend more and more time away from her kids and from Richard, the gorgeous single dad she recently met at the school gate. Can Christie find a way to balance her role as a mother with her increasingly demanding job?

UEB. 6v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25492403

Brook, Rhidian. The Aftermath. 2014. General fiction.

In the bitter winter of 1946, Rachael Morgan arrives with her only remaining son Edmund in the ruins of Hamburg. Here she is reunited with her husband Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an extraordinary decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

UEB. 6v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25480803

Brookmyre, Christopher. A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away. 2003. Thriller.

Angelique De Xavier: book 1. Back when they were students, just like everybody else, Ray Ash and Simon Darcourt had dreams about what they'd do when they grew up. In both their cases, it was to be rock stars. Fifteen years later, their mid-thirties are bearing down fast. Nervous new father Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games. Everybody has to find their own way of coping. For some it's affairs, for others it's the bottle, and for Simon it's serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.

UEB. 8v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25552603

Brookmyre, Christopher. The Sacred Art of Stealing. 2003. Thriller.

Angelique De Xavier: book 2. Their eyes met across a crowded room. The room in question was crowded with hostages and armed bank-robbers, and his eyes were the only part of him she could see behind the mask. He is an art thief par excellence and she is a connoisseur of crooks. Her job is to hunt him to extinction; his is to avoid being caught and he also has a secret agenda more valuable than anything he might steal. He can afford to play cat-and-mouse with the female cop who's on his tail. What he can't afford is to let her get too close: he could end up in jail or, even more scary, he could end up in love.

UEB. 6v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25550203

Brookmyre, Christopher. A Snowball in Hell. 2009. Thriller.

Angelique De Xavier: book 3. If society has the B-list celebrities it deserves, it now has a killer to match. Except that Simon Darcourt is a great deal more successful in his career choice than the average talent show contestant. He's also got the media taped - by the simple expedient of by-passing them completely and posting real-time coverage of his killings on the internet. He's got viewing figures to make the world's TV executives gasp in envy, and he's pulling the voyeuristic strings of every viewer by getting them to “vote” to keep his captives alive.

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25551703

Chambers, Kimberley. The Betrayer. 2010. Thriller.

Based in Stepney, this book is set on a rough and ready council estate, in the heart of London's East End. A story that starts in 1975 ends in 2005, it tells the trials and tribulations of the Hutton family. Maureen is the gutsy mum, separated from her alcoholic husband, she scrimps and saves for years to bring up her children and instil life's good values in them. She tries her utmost, but with only moderate success.

UEB. 7v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25491103

Chambers, Kimberley. The Wronged. 2015. Thriller.

The trap: book 3. Vinny Butler has used his time in prison well: to plan the downfall of all who've wronged him. Vinny's brother Michael may think he's the top dog running the family business, but it won't last when Vinny finds out how good his brother's got it. Meanwhile, Vinny is incensed when he finds out that Joanna had a baby in secret while he was in prison but that's nothing compared to his anger when he finds out who the father is. The Butlers are at war, and they're taking everyone down with them; it's all going to end in flames.

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25468403

Clancy, Tom. Debt of Honour. 1995. Thriller.

Jack Ryan: book 8. Called out of retirement to serve as the new President’s National Security Adviser, Jack Ryan quickly realises that the problems of peace are fully as complex as those of war. Enemies have become friends, friends enemies, and even the form of conflict has changed. When one of those new enemies readies a strike not only at America’s territory, but at the heart of her economy, it is Ryan who must somehow prepare an untested President to meet the challenge. For there is a debt of honour to be paid and the price will be terrifyingly high.

UEB. 20v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25570203

Coe, Jonathan. Number 11, or, Tales That Witness Madness. 2015. General fiction.

This is a novel about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us all. It's about the legacy of war and the end of innocence. It's about how comedy and politics are battling it out and comedy might have won. It's about how 140 characters can make fools of us all. It's about living in a city where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the street. It is Jonathan Coe doing what he does best – showing us how we live now.

UEB. 6v. Price: £16.99. Order No: 25517903

Cookson, Catherine. The Obsession. 2008. Historical romance.

Rosie finds it hard to cope with her eldest sister's over-possessive nature. Since the death of their mother Beatrice has been insufferably dominating, taking over the running of the house and ruling their father and servants with an iron hand. She glories in being the mistress at Pine Hurst and never dreams of leaving. But when the girls' father dies unexpectedly their security is threatened, and Beatrice must lay plans to protect this most prized possession.

UEB. 5v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25550403

Culver, Chris. The Abbey. 2012. Crime.

Detective Ash Rashid: book 1. Ash Rashid is a former homicide detective who can't stand the thought of handling another death investigation. That's until his niece's body is found in the property of one of the city's wealthiest citizens. The coroner calls it an overdose, but the case doesn't add up. Against orders, Ash launches an investigation to find his niece's murderer. But the longer he searches, the darker the case gets and if he doesn't solve it fast, his niece won't be the only family member he has to bury.

UEB. 5v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25492903

Delaney, Luke. Cold Killing. 2013. Crime.

DI Sean Corrigan: book 1. A series of brutal killings leaves South London’s Murder Investigation Unit struggling to connect the crimes: no recognizable method; no forensic evidence; and the victims have nothing in common. DI Sean Corrigan’s troubled past has left him with an uncanny ability to identify the darkness in others, a darkness he struggles to keep buried within his own psyche. Sean knows these murders are the work of one man. As the violence escalates, Sean must find the evidence he needs to bring the perpetrator to justice, before the next attack hits too close to home.

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25493203

Ellroy, James. The Cold Six Thousand. 2010. Thriller.

Underworld USA trilogy: book 2. Dallas, November 22nd, 1963. Wayne Tedrow Jr has arrived to kill a man. The fee is $6,000. He finds himself instead in the middle of the cover-up following JFK's assassination. There follows a hellish five-year ride through the sordid underbelly of public policy via Las Vegas, Howard Hughes, Vietnam, CIA dope dealing, Cuba, sleazy showbiz, racism and the Klan.

UEB. 12v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25502903

Fluke, Joanne. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. 2011. Crime.

Hannah Swensen: book 1. Hannah already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother's attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden's most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah's famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can't get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer.

UEB. 7v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25493503

Gabaldon, Diana. Written in My Own Heart's Blood. 2015. Historical fiction.

Outlander: book 8. June 1778, and as the American War of Independence nears its turning point, time-travelling lovers Jamie and Claire find themselves torn apart by the warring forces. As sons fight against fathers and whole families are splintered by the conflict, even Claire's foreknowledge of the future can only help her so much. Caught in the maelstrom of historical events, once again Jamie and Claire must battle to survive.

UEB. 21v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25550703

Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn. Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story. 2003. Classic.

Gaskell’s last novel, widely considered her masterpiece, follows the fortunes of two families in nineteenth century rural England. At its core are family relationships - father, daughter and step-mother, father and sons, father and step-daughter – all tested and strained by the romantic entanglements that ensue. Focusing on two families, the Gibsons and the Hamleys, this novel describes the habits, loyalties, prejudices, petty snobberies, rumours and adjustments of a whole countryside hierarchy.

UEB. 14v. Price: £1.99. Order No: 25496603

Grafton, Sue. B is for Burglar. 2012. Crime.

Kinsey Millhone: book 2. There was nothing about Beverly Danziger to cause Kinsey concern. She was looking for her sister. There was a will to be settled. She paid up front. And if it seemed a lot of money for a routine job, Kinsey wasn’t going to argue. She kicked herself later for the things she didn’t see. But just as Kinsey begins to suspect foul play and start asking questions, Beverly Danziger pulls her off the case and fires her.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25490503

Grafton, Sue. C is for Corpse. 2012. Crime.

Kinsey Millhone: book 3. Kinsey met Bobby Callahan in the gym on Monday morning. His story was hard to credit: a murderous assault by a tailgating car on a lonely rural road, a roadside smash into a canyon 400 feet below, his Porsche a ruin, his best friend dead, and his memory severely impaired. He was convinced someone was trying to kill him. By Thursday, he was dead. But Kinsey wasn’t going back on a deal. She had been hired to prevent a murder. Now she was looking for the murderer.

UEB. 4v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25490603

Grafton, Sue. E is for Evidence. 2012. Crime.

Kinsey Millhone: book 5. It was two days after Christmas when Kinsey Millhone received the bank slip showing a credit for five thousand dollars. The account number was correct but Kinsey hadn’t made the deposit. Then came the phone call and suddenly everything became clear. The frame-up was working and Kinsey was trapped.

UEB. 4v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25490703

Grafton, Sue. F is for Fugitive. 2012. Crime.

Kinsey Millhone: book 6. 17 years have passed since Jean Timberlake's body was found at the foot of the sea wall. At the time, Bailey Fowler, an ex-boyfriend of hers, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Now he's changed his tune. Kinsey Millhone is called in to solve the case and then she stumbles on the dark secrets of a family's buried past.

UEB. 4v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25490803

Grafton, Sue. G is for Gumshoe. 2012. Crime.

Kinsey Millhone: book 7. Three things happened on May 5, the day everyone sang Happy Birthday to Kinsey Millhone. The repairs were completed on her apartment, and she moved back in. She was hired by Mrs Clyde Gersh to bring her mother back from the Mojave Desert. And lastly came a real surprise with the news that she'd made one of the top slots on Tyrone Patty's hit list.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25490903

Grafton, Sue. H is for Homicide. 2012. Crime.

Kinsey Millhone: book 8. After a three-week-long investigation, Kinsey couldn’t wait to get home. What she needed most was a few quiet days by herself but two things happened to change all her plans. First she ran into a murder case. Then Kinsey met Bibianna Diaz, and before the night was over they were sharing a prison cell.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25491003

Grafton, Sue. I is for Innocent. 2012. Crime.

Kinsey Millhone: book 9. It was a Monday, early in December, when Kinsey Millhone first got involved in the Isabelle Barney murder case. She was out of work. Attorney Lonnie Klingman's usual private investigator has just dropped dead of a heart attack. Kinsey was more than happy to oblige but the trouble started on the very first day of the investigation.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25496103

Grafton, Sue. K is for Killer. 2012. Crime.

Kinsey Millhone: book 11. Lorna Kepler was beautiful and wilful, a loner who couldn't resist flirting with danger. She has also been found dead in mysterious circumstances and her death pulls Kinsey Millhone into a netherworld of deception, betrayal and unavenged murder.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25496303

Gregory, Philippa. Earthly Joys. 2006. Historical fiction.

Earthly joys: book 1. Earthly Joys is a novel set in the 1600s and seen through the eyes of John Tradescant, gardener to the great men of the age. Moving to the household of the flamboyant Duke of Buckingham, Tradescant witnesses at first hand the growing division between Parliament and the people; and the most loyal of servants must find a way to become an independent squire.

UEB. 9v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25550103

Gregory, Philippa. Virgin Earth. 2006. Historical fiction.

Earthly joys: book 2. John Tradescant the Younger has inherited his father’s unique collection of plants along with his unerring ability to nurture them. But as gardener to Charles I, he confronts an unbearable dilemma when England descends into Civil War. Fleeing from the chaos, John travels to the Royalist colony of Virginia in America. But the virgin land is not uninhabited. John’s plant hunting brings him to live with the native people, and he learns to love and respect their way of life just as it is threatened by the colonial settlers.

UEB. 12v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25576703

Griffiths, Elly. A Room Full of Bones. 2012. Crime.

Ruth Galloway: book 4. It is Halloween night in King's Lynn, and Dr Ruth Galloway is attending a strange event at the local history museum - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But what Ruth finds is the body of the museum's curator lying beside the coffin. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables too. These two deaths could be from natural causes but when he is called in to investigate, DCI Harry Nelson isn't convinced, and it is only a matter of time before Ruth and Nelson cross paths once more.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25575603

Grisham, John. Rogue Lawyer. 2015. Thriller.

Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take. Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial, even if he has to cheat to get one. Arch Swanger is the prime suspect in the abduction and presumed murder of 21-year-old Jiliana Kemp, the daughter of the assistant chief of police. When Swanger asks Sebastian to represent him, he lets Sebastian in on a terrible secret, one that will threaten everything he holds dear.

UEB. 6v. Price: £20.00. Order No: 25464403

Groves, Annie. London Belles. 2011. Family stories.

Article Row: book 1. Young Tilly lives with her widowed mother Olive in a house on Article Row in Holborn, London. Forced to seek lodgers, following the death of her father-in-law, the family are in strife. Three girls, Sally, Dulcie, and Agnes, come knocking at her door, each in need of a roof over their heads. As the women prepare for war, all of their futures hang in the balance. Soon their lives will change forever and the home that binds the London Belles is no longer the sanctuary they once sought.

UEB. 7v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25575803

Harris, Robert. Dictator. 2015. Historical fiction.

Cicero: book 3. There was a time when Cicero held Caesar's life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero's life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage and for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome. But no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others.

UEB. 8v. Price: £20.00. Order No: 25518003

Hayder, Mo. The Treatment. 2008. Crime.

Jack Caffery: book 2. A husband and wife are discovered, imprisoned in their own home. Badly dehydrated, they've been bound and beaten. He is close to death. But worse is to come: their young son is missing. When Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is called in to investigate, the similarities with events in his own past make it impossible for him to view this new crime dispassionately. And as he attempts to hold his own life together in the face of ever more disturbing revelations about both his past and his present the real nightmare begins.

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25502603

Hayder, Mo. Ritual. 2008. Crime.

Jack Caffery: book 3. The hands of a young boy who has recently disappeared have been discovered. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed. The search for the young boy and his abductor lead DI Jack Caffery and police diver Flea Marley into the darkest recesses of Bristol's underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street kids sell themselves for a hit, and where an ancient evil lurks.

UEB. 7v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25502703

Hayes, Terry. I Am Pilgrim. 2014. Thriller.

Pilgrim was the codename for a world class and legendary secret agent. When NYPD Ben Bradley tracks down Pilgrim, neither man can imagine the terrifying journey they are about to begin, as what begins as an unusual and challenging murder investigation leads them into a direct collision course with the dark forces of jihadist terrorism.

UEB. 13v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25495903

Henry, Veronica. The Birthday Party. 2011. Chick lit.

Secrets, rivalry, glamour - it's time for the party of the year. Delilah has lived out her tempestuous marriage to hell-raiser Raf in the glare of the media spotlight. Now planning a milestone birthday, she has more on her mind than invitations. Raf has been offered a part in a movie he can't refuse. But will he succumb to the temptations he's struggled to resist for the last ten years? Delilah's three daughters are building careers of their own, only too aware that the press are waiting for them to slip up. For the Rafferty girls might look like angels, but they are only human. It's the perfect recipe for a party like no other.

UEB. 7v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25575503

Iggulden, Conn. The Death of Kings. 2011. Historical fiction.

Emperor: book 2. The young Julius Caesar is serving on board a war galley, gaining a fearsome reputation. Then his ship is captured and he is abandoned on the North African coast. After gathering a legion of men powerful enough to gain vengeance on his captors and to suppress an uprising in Greece, he returns to Rome a hero. At the moment of his triumph, Julius finds he must fight again. A savage rebellion threatens the city, led by a gladiator named Spartacus.

UEB. 9v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25481403

Iggulden, Conn. The Gods of War. 2011. Historical Fiction.

Emperor: book 4. Fresh from triumph in Britain and Gaul, Caesar is marching on Rome with his legions of hardened veterans. To unseat Pompey, now dictator of the empire, he must make the terrible decision to wage war on his own people. The glory that Julius, Brutus, Mark Antony and Octavian enjoy is short lived. There are lands to conquer and choices to make that may yet tear them apart. What cost will Caesar suffer for the path he has walked? Who will make him pay?

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25481303

Iggulden, Conn. Bloodline. 2015. Historical fiction.

Wars of the Roses: book 3. Winter 1461. Richard Duke of York is dead, his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the walls of the city. Edward of March, now Duke of York, proclaims himself England's rightful king. Factions form and tear apart as snow falls. Through blood and treason, through broken men and vengeful women, brother shall confront brother, king shall face king. Two men can always claim a crown. Only one can keep it.

UEB. 8v. Price: £20.00. Order No: 25468203

Jones, Wendy. The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals. 2012. General fiction.

In a small town in South Wales in 1924, Wilfred Price, overcome with emotion on a sunny spring day, proposes to a girl he barely knows at a picnic. The girl, Grace, joyfully accepts and rushes to tell her family of Wilfred's intentions. But by this time Wilfred has realised his mistake. He does not love Grace. To add to Wilfred's emotional turmoil, he thinks he may just have met the perfect girl for him. As Wilfred struggles in an increasingly tangled web of expectation and duty, love and lies, Grace reveals a long-held secret that changes everything.

UEB. 4v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25550303

Kipling, Rudyard. The Day's Work. 2011. Short stories.

In “The Day's Work”, Kipling uses a series of short stories to examine labour and employment from a variety of different industries, be it shipping, transport or bridge building. The result is a masterly collection of writings dealing with such eternal themes as family loyalty, obedience to command, and dependency against all the odds.

UEB. 6v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25551503

Kube-Mcdowell, Michael P. Tyrant's Test. 1997. Science fiction.

Star Wars. The Black Fleet crisis: book 3. Faced with an alarming image of Han as a battered hostage of the Yevetha, Chewbacca takes on an urgent mission. Meanwhile, Leia calls upon the Senate to take a stand and eliminate the Yevetha threat, even at the cost of Han's life. As a former Imperial governor takes his battle to the runaway Qella spaceship, Luke's continuing search for his mother brings him dangerously close to NilSpaar's deadly forces. And as the Yevetha close in on the forces of the NewRepublic, Luke takes a desperate gamble with an invisible weapon.

UEB. 7v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25570303

La Plante, Lynda. The Red Dahlia. 2011. Crime.

Anna Travis: book 2. Anna Travis and James Langton return, and must work together to capture one of the most terrifying killers they have ever encountered. A young girl is found dumped on the banks of the Thames. Horrifically mutilated and drained of blood, her death is an ominous mirror image of an unsolved 1940s case in Los Angeles known as “The Black Dahlia”. Detective Inspector Anna Travis must race against time to catch this copycat killer, dubbed “The Red Dahlia” from the flower his victim wore in her hair.

UEB. 7v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25570403

Lane, Lizzie. Coronation Wives. 2013. Family stories.

It's 1953. Coronation year. While Bristol is still recovering from the aftermath of the war, three very different women are counting the cost. Polly longs for an easier, more glamorous life, but with her irrepressible young daughter and her charming, if scheming, husband, will things improve? Charlotte is trying to forget her illicit wartime romance and accept the shortcomings of her marriage. And Edna is desperate to protect her young family, even if it means keeping secrets.

UEB. 8v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25570503

Leather, Stephen. The Bombmaker. 2000. Thriller.

Andrea Hayes was one of the IRA's most deadly killers, until a misplaced bomb ripped a group of passing kids apart, and she left all that behind her. Now, years later, she's got a whole new life with a new family and her days of violence seem a distant memory. But then her daughter is kidnapped by persons unknown, and she is blackmailed into building a huge explosive device for them – target unknown.

UEB. 6v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25575203

Lupton, Rosamund. The Quality of Silence. 2016. Thriller.

On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness where nothing grows, where no one lives, where tears freeze and night will last for another 54 days. They are looking for Ruby's father. Travelling deeper into a silent land. They still cannot find him. And someone is watching them in the dark.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25463303

Mcinerney, Lisa. The Glorious Heresies. 2015. General fiction.

One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society. Ryan is a 15-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father, Tony. Georgie is a prostitute, while Maureen, the accidental murderer, has returned to Cork after 40 years in exile to discover that Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up years before, has grown into the most fearsome gangster in the city. In seeking atonement for the murder and a multitude of other perceived sins, she threatens to destroy everything her son has worked so hard for, while her actions risk bringing the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight.

UEB. 7v. Price: £16.99. Order No: 25571103

Mckenzie, Elizabeth. The Portable Veblen. 2016. Literary fiction.

Meet Veblen. She's an experienced cheerleader (mainly of her narcissistic, hypochondriac, controlling mother), an amateur translator, and a passionate defender of the anti-consumerist views of her namesake, the economist Thorstein Veblen. She's also a firm believer in the distinct possibility that the plucky grey squirrel following her around can understand everything she says.

UEB. 6v. Price: £12.99. Order No: 25571403

Mackintosh, Clare. I Let You Go. 2015. Thriller.

In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating.

UEB. 6v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25492803

Marsh, Ngaio. Photo-Finish. 1999. Classic crime.

Inspector Alleyn: book 31. Murder and mayhem strike when a small group of people are confined to an island in the middle of a New Zealand lake in one of Ngaio Marsh’s last novels. The luxury mansion on New Zealand's Lake Waihoe is the ideal place for a world-famous soprano to rest after her triumphant tour. Among the other guests are Chief Superintendent Alleyn and his wife, but theirs is not a social visit. When tragedy strikes, and isolated by one of the lake's sudden storms, Alleyn faces one of his trickiest cases.

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Martin, George R. R. A Storm of Swords. 2011. Fantasy.

A song of ice and fire: book 3. Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavour, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King's Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne.

UEB. 23v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25482203

Montanari, Richard. The Stolen Ones. 2013. Crime.

Destroyed by fire years ago, the infamous Philadelphia State Hospital was known as a warehouse for the criminally insane. But one man never left. By night Luther walks Philadelphia's backstreets, drawing to him the mad, the corrupt, the fallen. By day he roams the catacombs beneath the city, killing his prey. Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are called to a bizarre murder scene: a man has been killed by a railroad spike driven into his head and left sitting on a bench in a local park. But it is just the beginning of a trail of evil that leads back to the hospital and the nightmares it still contains.

SEB. 6v. Price: £12.99. Order No: 24865503

Oswald, James. The Book of Souls. 2013. Crime.

Inspector McLean mysteries: book 2. Every year for ten years, a young woman's body was found in Edinburgh at Christmas time: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim was Detective Constable Tony McLean's fiancée, but the killer made a mistake and McLean put an end to the killing spree. 12 years later, the Christmas killer is murdered. But with the festive season comes a body; naked, washed, and with her throat cut.

UEB. 6v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25496003

Pearse, Lesley. Without a Trace. 2015. General fiction.

Coronation Day, 1953. Molly Heywood has always been a pillar of strength for her local community, so when her friend Cassie fails to attend the Coronation Day party in her village, it is Molly who heads out in the rain to look for her. But nothing can prepare Molly for what she is going to discover. Now with Cassie gone and her six-year-old daughter Petal missing, it is up to Molly to head to London to uncover the past Cassie kept so well hidden. But will Molly discover the truth before it's too late? Or has Petal disappeared forever?

UEB. 7v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25492703

Phinn, Gervase. Trouble at The Little Village School. 2013. Country life fiction.

Barton-in-the-Dale: book 2. Elisabeth Devine rocked the boat when she took over as head teacher of the primary school in Barton-in-the-Dale. Now after winning over the wary locals, she can settle into her new role. But now the school is to be merged with its rival, and Elisabeth has to fight for the new headship with Urebank's ruthless and calculating headmaster.

UEB. 7v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25551803

Pressfield, Steven. Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of The Battle Of Thermopylae. 1999. War fiction.

At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history and one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale.

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Quinn, Julia. The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever. 2007. Historical romance.

Bevelstoke: book 1. At the age of ten, Miss Miranda Cheever showed no signs of ever becoming a great beauty. Only, in 1811, the nineteen-year-old Viscount Turner, eldest brother of Miranda's closest friend, had kissed the hand of an awkward ten-year-old girl and promised her that one day she'd be as beautiful as she was smart. Now, eight years later, Miranda is a woman grown, and Turner an embittered widower. But she has never forgotten his kindness. Indeed it is only in her diary that she confides the truth: she has never stopped loving Turner, and she has never stopped hoping that one day he will see her as more than a naïve girl.

UEB. 5v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25576503

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.

UEB. 6v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25441803

Riordan, Kate. The Girl in the Photograph. 2015. General fiction.

It's the summer of 1933 and Alice Eveleigh has arrived at Fiercombe Manor in disgrace. Hiding her shame in this isolated house concealed within a Gloucestershire valley in the care of housekeeper, Mrs Jelphs, Alice soon begins to sense that something isn't quite right within the walls of this beautiful manor. Traces of the previous occupant, Elizabeth Stanton, are everywhere, and Alice discovers Elizabeth's life eerily mirrors the path she herself is on. The past is set to repeat its sorrows, and with devastating consequences.

UEB. 7v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25495603

Rothschild, Hannah. The Improbability of Love. 2015. General fiction.

Annie McDee is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected second-hand shop. A grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two, only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece. But every painting has a story and if it could speak, what would it tell us? For Annie has stumbled across “The Improbability of Love”, a lost masterpiece by Antoine Watteau, one of the most influential French painters of the 18th century.

UEB. 9v. Price: £14.99. Order No: 25571203

Shaw, Rebecca. A Village Dilemma. 2002. Country life fiction.

Turnham Malpas: book 9. An unwelcome visitor arrives in Turnham Malpas. Why is Bryn Fields, who fled four years ago under the worst possible circumstances, back? And what are his plans for the village? For the rector and his wife, Peter and Caroline, there are more serious problems to cope with when their twins start asking about their real mother. Having accepted her husband's indiscretion ten years ago, Caroline finds that facing up to it again now is almost more than she can bear.

UEB. 5v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25480903

Smith, Wilbur A. Cry Wolf. 2011. Adventure.

Jake Barton is an American engineer, Gareth Swales a stylish Englishman with a nose for a quick deal. Both have always moved from one escapade to another. Now, as Mussolini prepares to annihilate the people of Ethiopia, the two adventurers come up against Vicky Camberwell, the beautiful but fiery reporter bent on espousing their cause. Striking a bargain with a beleaguered Ethiopian prince, the trio dares to run gauntlet, guns and a batch of run-down armoured cars in a final, desperate gamble for freedom.

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25550603

Steinbeck, John. East of Eden. 2000. Classic.

Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, whose generations helplessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

UEB. 13v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25476803

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.

UEB. 7v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25386703

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.

UEB. 4v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25483703

Van Lustbader, Eric. Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Legacy: A new Jason Bourne novel. 2010. Thriller.

Bourne: book 4. Jason Bourne has gradually come to realise who and what he really is – a strange amalgam of a man named David Webb, and a deadly killer. Now David Webb is living a peaceful life as a university professor in the backwoods of America with his wife and children. But someone is reaching out to take him out of the game for ever. A deadly assassin is on his trail and his former handler has been brutally murdered already. It seems that David Webb must once again turn to Bourne to save his life and family.

UEB. 11v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25481203

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 her 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.

UEB. 6v. Price: £14.99. Order No: 25482503

Watson, S. J. Before I Go to Sleep. 2014. Thriller.

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love, all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life. Christine, an amnesiac who, following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form new memories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is and who she can trust.

UEB. 6v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25575307

Webb, Charles Richard. The Graduate. 2010. General fiction.

When Benjamin Braddock graduates from a small Eastern college and moves home to his parents' house, everyone wants to know what he's going to do with his life. Benjamin falls haplessly into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the relentlessly seductive wife of his father's business partner. It's only when beautiful co-ed Elaine Robinson comes home to visit her parents that Benjamin, now smitten, thinks he might have found some kind of direction in his life. Unfortunately for Benjamin, Mrs. Robinson plays the role of protective mother as well as she does the one of mistress. A wondrously fierce and absurd battle of wills ensues, with love and idealism triumphing over the forces of corruption and conformity.

UEB. 4v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25570803

Adult non-fiction


Ryder, Sue. And the Morrow is Theirs: The Autobiography of Sue Ryder. 1975.

This dedicational work began while Sue Ryder was still a child and grew during her work with the Special Operations Executive. She established the Sue Ryder Foundation as a living memorial to those who endured persecution or were killed during the two World Wars. Today thousands of people find hope and help in homes in Britain and overseas.

UEB. 5v. Price: £1.25. Order No: 25551403

Trumpington, Jean. Coming Up Trumps: A Memoir. 2015.

The daughter of an officer in the Bengal Lancers and an American heiress, Jean Campbell-Harris was born into a world of considerable privilege, but the Wall Street Crash entirely wiped out her mother's fortune. With the outbreak of the Second World War, she became a land girl before joining naval intelligence at Bletchley Park. After the war she worked first in Paris and then on Madison Avenue, New York, with advertising's “mad men”. It was here that she met her husband, the historian Alan Barker, and their marriage, in 1954, ushered in the happiest period of her life before embarking on her distinguished political career, as a Cambridge City councillor, Mayor of Cambridge and, then, in 1980, a life peer.

UEB. 3v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25550903


Ackroyd, Peter. Alfred Hitchcock. 2015.

As an adult, Alfred Hitchcock rigorously controlled the press's portrait of himself, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. Ackroyd reveals something more: a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. This biography wrests the director's chair back from the master of control and discovers what lurks just out of sight, in the corner of the shot.

UEB. 6v. Price: £12.99. Order No: 25460103

Hegarty, Neil. Frost: That Was the Life That Was: The Authorised Biography. 2015.

Written in collaboration with Sir David Frost's wife and three sons, this work features many unpublished writings from Frost and exclusive access to his vast archive. It also offers opinions on Frost from his extraordinary list of friends. It is an epic story of personal achievement set amidst a rapidly changing world, encountering the great and the good that have dominated news and entertainment over the last 50 years.

UEB. 10v. Price: £25.00. Order No: 25577203

Sullivan, Rosemary. Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva. 2015.

Born in the early years of the Soviet Union, Svetlana Stalin spent her youth inside the walls of the Kremlin. Communist Party privilege protected her from the mass starvation and purges that haunted Russia, but she did not escape tragedy. As she gradually learned about the extent of her father’s brutality after his death, Svetlana could no longer keep quiet and in 1967 shocked the world by defecting to the United States, leaving her two children behind.

UEB. 13v. Price: £25.00. Order No: 25577103

Wright, Thomas. Circulation: William Harvey's Revolutionary Idea. 2013.

A biography of one of the greatest Englishmen in the history of science, William Harvey, whose quest to understand the movement of blood overturned beliefs held by anatomists and physicians since Roman times. His theory altered the culture, language and political ideas of its time.

UEB. 5v. Price: £9.99. Order No: 25576803

Wulf, Andrea. The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, The Lost Hero of Science. 2015.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist: more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there's a penguin, a giant squid, even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon. Taking us on a fantastic voyage in his footsteps, Andrea Wulf shows why his life and ideas remain so important today.

UEB. 13v. Price: £25.00. Order No: 25452403

Country life and farming

Gray, Emma. One Girl and Her Dogs: Life, Love and Lambing in the Middle Of Nowhere. 2012.

What happens when you swap “I do” for pastures new? When 23-year-old shepherdess Emma Gray breaks off her engagement, the chance to take over an isolated Northumberland farm seems just the fresh start she needs. Throughout the long nights of lambing, the highs and lows of the local sheepdog trials and the day-to-day chores of maintaining a large, ramshackle farm, Emma's collies are her most loyal companions. With Bill, Fly, Roy and Alfie by her side, she'll never really be alone.

UEB. 4v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25576003


Bennett, Alan. The History Boys. 2004.

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he's a fool. In Alan Bennett's classic play, staff room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about education and its purpose.

UEB. 2v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25456003


Holland, Tom. Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar. 2015.

Tom Holland gives a portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty. The book traces the full astonishing story of its rule of the world: both the brilliance of its allure, and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes. Ranging from the great capital rebuilt in marble by Augustus to the dank and barbarian-haunted forests of Germany, it is populated by a spectacular cast: murderers and metrosexuals, adulterers and druids, scheming grandmothers and reluctant gladiators. “Dynasty” is the portrait of a family that transformed and stupefied Rome.

UEB. 11v. Price: £25.00. Order No: 25476703

Von Tunzelmann, Alex. Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire. 2008.

The stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947 liberated 400 million Indians from the British Empire. Within hours of the midnight chimes, however, the two new nations of India and Pakistan would descend into anarchy and terror. Indian Summer depicts the epic sweep of events that ripped apart the greatest empire the world has ever seen, and reveals the secrets of the most powerful players on the world stage: the Cold War conspiracies, the private deals, and the intense and clandestine love affair between the wife of the last viceroy and the first prime minister of free India.

UEB. 10v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25576903

Quick reads

Cleeves, Ann. Too Good to be True. 2016.

“Too Good to be True” is a gripping Quick Read from Ann Cleeves, featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the bestselling Shetland series. When young teacher Anna Blackwell is found dead in her home, the police think her death was suicide or a tragic accident. After all, Stonebridge is a quiet country village in the Scottish Borders, where murders just don't happen. Anna had seemed happier than ever before she died. And to Perez, this suggests not suicide, but murder.

UEB double line spacing, single sided. 6v. Price: £1.00. Order No: 25491303

Also available in uncontracted braille. 8v. Order No: 25491305

Henry, Veronica. The Anniversary. 2016.

Ten irresistible stories from ten bestselling authors – specially written for Quick Reads. Original stories from Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory, Matt Haig, Veronica Henry, Andy McNab, Richard Madeley and John O'Farrell - with special anniversary recipes from The Hairy Bikers.

UEB double line spacing, single sided. 8v. Price: £1.00. Order No: 25491403

Yousafzai, Malala. I Am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban. 2016.

This is an abridged Quick Reads version of “I Am Malala”. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price when she was shot in the head at point-blank range. Malala Yousafzai's extraordinary journey has taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations. She has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and is the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

UEB double line spacing, single sided. 8v. Price: £1.00. Order No: 25491603

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Children and young adult fiction

7+ suggested reading age

Atwater, Richard. Mr Popper's Penguins. 2011.

The lovable Mr. Popper dreams of being an intrepid Antarctic explorer, living life among the penguins alongside his hero, Admiral Drake. So he is shocked one day when the admiral responds to his fan letter by sending him a real, live penguin! Soon, Mr. Popper has an ice rink in the basement and a dozen penguins living in his house.

UEB double line spacing. 4v. Price: £4.99. Order No: 25569803

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Brumpton, Keith. Terror on the Training Ground. 2010.

Dino FC: book 1. Terry Triceratops is the manager of Dinosaur FC. With the team at the bottom of the Premiership, the chairman brings in fitness trainer Hans Hadrosaur to whip the dinos back into shape. If the team drops out of the league, then Terry faces the sack. So the Dino FC players are determined to secure a win against Jurassic Park Rangers.

UEB double line spacing. 2v. Price: £4.99. Order No: 25496903

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Godden, Rumer. The Diddakoi. 2013.

Everyone in Kizzy's town hates her because she's half-gypsy - a diddakoi. But Kizzy doesn't care. All she needs is Gran and her horse, Joe. But when Gran dies and their wagon burns down, Kizzy is all alone. Can Kizzy survive in a hostile world and save Joe?

UEB double line spacing. 6v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25491503

Plowden, Sophie. Jack Dash and the Magic Feather. 2015.

Jack is not happy when his family move to the dull suburban town of Curtly Ambrose. But everything changes when Jack finds a magic feather inside a book. Jack's magic feather makes whatever he draws come to life. But his grand plans (for a dog, a car and loads of chocolate) don't go quite right and he ends up on the run from the Mayor and taking a sea lion on the bus. Even worse Jack is constantly being pestered by Coco, the girl next door who is very annoying and possibly insane. Jack needs to get better at drawing or it's going to be a complete disaster!

UEB double line spacing. 4v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25407703

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Stanton, Andy. Mr Gum and the Goblins. 2014.

That old roo-de-lally Mr Gum and the hideous Billy William the Third are once more mucking things up for everyone. They're a-schemin' and a-hatchin' and making their bad plans up on Goblin Mountain. Can the brave travellers make it past the three Impossible Challenges of Goblin Mountain and save the town?

UEB double line spacing. 3v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25493103

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Webb, Holly. The Case of the Stolen Sixpence. 2015.

Maisie Hitchins: book 1. Maisie Hitchins longs to be a detective. She's sure there are lots of mysteries to solve on the streets of Victorian London, if only she weren't so busy running errands for her grandmother. When Maisie rescues an abandoned puppy, he quickly leads her to her first case. George, the butcher's boy, has been sacked for stealing, but Maisie's sure he's innocent. It's time for Maisie to put her detective skills to the test as she follows the trail of the missing money.

UEB double line spacing. 3v. Price: £4.99. Order No: 25503603

9+ suggested reading age

Blyton, Enid. The Sea of Adventure. 2014.

Adventure: book 4. Recovering from measles on a remote Scottish island, the children are left to fend for themselves when their host disappears. Soon they're on the trail of a ruthless enemy through the wildest and most desolate places.

UEB. 5v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25476003

Cassidy, Cathy. Coco Caramel. 2014.

Chocolate box girls: book 4. Coco is the youngest of the Tanberry sisters but she's as headstrong as any of them. Coco is crazy about animals and loves her riding lessons. When her favourite pony at the stables is sold, Coco scopes out the new owner and she's not happy about what she discovers. With big sister Honey going off at the deep end and Summer only just recovering from her eating disorder, Coco can't rely on family help. Can Coco save Caramel alone or will a new friend help her?

UEB. 4v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25502503

Corder, Zizou. The Truth. 2007.

Lionboy: book 3. Charlie Ashanti - lion-rescuer, shipwreck survivor, circus veteran, son of asthma cure-inventing scientists, and Catspeaker - is safe. Or is he? Reunited with his parents in Morocco, Charlie thinks that his old enemy, Maccomo the lion-tamer, is being held captive. But all is not as it seems.

UEB. 5v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25487303

Kessler, Liz. Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister. 2009.

Philippa Fisher: book 1. Philippa Fisher tries and fails to summon a fairy, but is taken aback when Daisy, the new girl at school, announces that she is her fairy godmother or godsister, since they are the same age. Daisy is not best pleased with Philippa, but she has a mission to fulfil and is obliged to stick with her until she has granted her three wishes.

UEB. 4v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25503103

Kessler, Liz. The Tail of Emily Windsnap. 2015.

Emily Windsnap: book 1. Emily lives on a boat, but her mother has always tried to keep her out of the water. It is only when she has her first swimming lesson that she discovers it is her natural element. When she finally gets into the sea, Emily grows a tail and soon begins to explore a glorious underwater world.

UEB. 4v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25502803

Kinney, Jeff. The Long Haul. 2014.

Diary of a wimpy kid: book 9. A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun, unless, of course, you're the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig – not exactly Greg Heffley's idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure and this is one the Heffleys won't soon forget.

UEB. 2v. Price: £12.99. Order No: 25390903

Rowling, J. K. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay. 2016.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone. Inspired by the original Hogwart's textbook by Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original screenplay” marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books.

UEB. 3v. Price: £16.99. Order No: 25676503

Shan, Darren. Demon Thief. 2006.

The Demonata: book 2. When Kernel Fleck's brother is stolen by demons, he must enter their universe in search of him. It is a place of magic, chaos and incredible danger. Kernel has three aims: to learn to use magic; to find his brother, to stay alive. But a heartless demon awaits him, and death has been foretold.

UEB. 5v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25398403

Shan, Darren. Blood Beast. 2007.

The Demonata: book 5. Grubbs Grady has so far escaped the family curse, but when he begins to experience alarming symptoms at the onset of the full moon, he is scared that the jaws of fate are opening and about to swallow him whole. Grubbs is torn between the world of magic and his wolfen genes. Can he fight the beast inside or will he fall victim to his tainted blood?

UEB. 4v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25399903

Stevens, Robin. Murder Most Unladylike. 2014.

Wells and Wong mystery: book 1. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place and there's more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

UEB. 5v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25493003

13+ suggested reading age

Collins, B. R. Love in Revolution. 2013.

Esteya is fifteen. As war rumbles closer, Esteya's brother, an important figure in the Revolutionary Communist Party, is able to protect their family from the worst of the privations of war. Then Esteya meets an extraordinary girl, Skizi, an outcast, shunned by all. But Esteya and Skizi are drawn to each other. Slowly and wonderfully love blossoms. And then Esteya's family are betrayed and forcibly taken away. Skizi disappears. Esteya is left deserted, heartbroken and in terrible danger. But she must find a way to escape and to find Skizi.

UEB. 6v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25455803

Pearce, Jackson. Cold Spell. 2014.

Retold fairytales: book 4. A contemporary retelling of “The Snow Queen,” beginning with a prologue of the memories of Kai’s grandmother Dalia’s past. In the present, the story is told by Ginny, who lives across from Kai and loves him. It is snowing, hard, in Atlanta in October. A cold, beautiful girl named Mora appears as Dalia dies and takes Kai away from his future as a violinist and from Ginny. She follows, driving from Atlanta to Nashville, in snow that is not natural but created by Mora, the Snow Queen. Guided by Grandma Dalia’s book of recipes and spells, Ginny meets up with a savvy beauty queen and her werewolf-hunting husband in Tennessee and then with a group of Travellers in Kentucky.

UEB. 6v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25392003

Sales, Leila. This Song Will Save Your Life. 2013.

All her life, Elise Dembowski has been an outsider. Starting a new school, she dreams of fitting in at last but when her best attempts at popularity fail, she almost gives up. Then she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party. There, at night, Elise can be a different person, making real friends, falling in love for the first time, and finding her true passion DJing. But when her real and secret lives collide, she has to make a decision once and for all: just who is the real Elise?

UEB. 7v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25456203

15+ suggested reading age

Garcia, Kami. Beautiful Creatures. 2010.

Beautiful Creatures: book 1. In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets. There is a girl, Lena Duchannes. Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

UEB. 9v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25503303

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