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New books

Issue 54

November 2016

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



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Adult fiction

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.

UEB. 6v. Price: £16.99. Order No: 25432203

Allingham, Merryn. The girl from Cobb Street. 2015. Family stories.

Daisy's war: book 1. 1938: Daisy Driscoll has been raised in an orphanage and is now struggling to make ends meet by working in London. At the outset of war, Daisy meets Gerald Mortimer and falls in love. Gerald is a cavalry subaltern in the Indian Army and is in London on leave. After his time with Daisy, he returns to India. Daisy, alone and pregnant, writes desperate letters to Gerald. Daisy's news reaches his Colonel's ears and Gerald is forced into marrying her. Daisy begins a new life with her husband but tragedy is about to strike.

UEB. 5v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25434303

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 the south of France in return for one simple good deed, they jump at the chance. They exchange the confines of Clapham 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.

UEB. 7v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25434003

Archer, Jeffrey. Cometh the hour. 2016. Family stories.

The Clifton chronicles: book 6. Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia. Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy? Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe. But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.

UEB. 7v. Price: £20.00. Order No: 25495803

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.

UEB. 7v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25434003

Brodrick, William. The sixth lamentation; a novel. 2004. Thriller.

What should you do if the world has turned against you? When Father Anselm is asked this question by an old man at Larkwood Priory, his response, to claim sanctuary, is to have greater resonance than he could ever have imagined. For that evening the old man returns, demanding the protection of the church. His name is Eduard Schwermann and he is wanted by the police as a suspected war criminal.

SEB. 5v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25596502

Brown, Sandra. Deadline. 2014. Thriller.

Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the big story of Dawson's career and one in which he has a vested interest.

UEB. 7v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25459003

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.

UEB. 10v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25433703

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

Vera Stanhope: book 1. 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.

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25434703

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.

UEB. 6v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25434103

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?

UEB. 10v. Price: £18.99. Order No: 25431903

Diamond, Lucy. The year of taking chances. 2015. Chick lit.

In the small Suffolk village of Larkmead, Gemma is throwing a New Year's Eve party. It was supposed to be a small do but sociable husband Spencer has gone overboard with the invites and now the whole village is there. Caitlin has returned to the village where she spent her teenage years to pack up her much-missed mum's house and try and figure out what to do with her life; and Saffron, a PR whizz who is hiding a life-altering secret which no amount of spin can change. At the party, the three women meet over a glass or two of bubbly and pass around fortune cookies as Big Ben counts down to midnight. As the year unfolds the women come to lean on each other more and more as shocks, disappointments and rifts test them to their limits.

UEB. 6v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25426803

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.

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25431303

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.

UEB. 8v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25427303

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.

UEB. 9v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25427403

Evans, Nicholas. The loop. 1998. General fiction.

"The loop" is the story of Helen Ross, a twenty-nine-year-old biologist sent alone to protect the wolves, in a sleepy mountain town in Montana, from those who seek to destroy them. It tells of her struggle for self-esteem and survival, and charts her dangerous love affair with the eighteen-year-old son of her most powerful opponent, brutal and charismatic rancher, Buck Calder.

SEB. 9v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25580102

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.

UEB. 8v. Price: £18.99. Order No: 25548003

Finnigan, Judy. I do not sleep. 2015. General fiction.

Five years ago, Molly Gabriel lost her twenty-year-old son, Joey, to a terrible sailing accident. His empty boat was washed ashore on the rocks but his body was never found. Now, Molly has returned to the sands of Cornwall haunted by his disappearance, unable to accept he is gone. Joey was an experienced sailor and died on a calm sea. Things just don't add up and Molly cannot let it go. Desperate for answers, she turns to Joey's best friend, Ben, to go back to what really happened that day.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25424503

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

Liverpool, 1904. When Ada Docherty gives birth to twins, Deidre and Donal, 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.

UEB. 9v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25427003

Forster, Margaret. Have the men had enough?. 1989. Family stories.

In this story of female courage, black comedy turns to disturbing pathos as the rights of Mrs McKay are fought over. As generations and sexes clash, "Have the men had enough?" tells us truths at many levels. At once funny, moving and compelling, it is a portrait of an indomitable grandmother and a very special love story.

SEB. 6v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25580202

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.

UEB. 9v. Price: £20.00. Order No: 25432403

Grafton, Sue. A is for alibi. 2007. Crime.

Kinsey Millhone: book 1. When Laurence Fife was murdered, few cared. Plenty of people in the picturesque Southern California town of Santa Teresa had reason to want him dead. Including, thought the cops, his young and beautiful wife, Nikki. With motive, access and opportunity, Nikki was their number one suspect. The Jury thought so too. Eight years later and out on parole, Nikki Fife hires Kinsey Millhone to find out who really killed her husband. But the trail has gone cold and there is a chilling twist even Kinsey didn’t expect.

UEB. 5v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25483803

Gray, Alex. Never somewhere else. 2009. Crime.

Lorimer and Brightman: book 1. When three young women are discovered strangled and mutilated in a Glasgow park, it is up to DCI Lorimer to find their killer. Frustrated by a lack of progress in the investigation, Lorimer is forced to enlist the services of Dr Solomon Brightman, psychologist and criminal profiler. Together they form an uneasy alliance.

Contains violence.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25431505

Green, Hilary. Now is the hour. 2008. General fiction.

Follies: book 1. In an empty theatre at the end of the pier the cast of the Fairbourne Follies gathers round the radio to hear Neville Chamberlain declare war on Germany. Four firm friends are forced to part. Rose, the beautiful dancer, must return to her family in London and the blitz, leaving singer Richard to enlist in the army with their relationship still unresolved. Gay, asthmatic Merry, the musical director, is destined for the army too, while the object of his unrequited love, charismatic magician, Felix, chooses the RAF. With the threat of capture, injury and death ever present, the four of them will have to find reserves of courage, love and endurance that they did not know they possessed.

UEB. 6v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25427503

Griffiths, Elly. The house at Sea's End. 2011. Crime.

Ruth Galloway: book 3. Dr Ruth Galloway is called in by a team of archaeologists investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, when they unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. Ruth and DCI Nelson are drawn together once more to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion. But someone wants the truth to stay buried, and will go to any lengths to keep it that way.

UEB. 5v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25483603

Grylls, Bear. Ghost flight. 2015. Adventure.

Ghost flight: book 1. Haunted by his wife and son's brutal abduction and murder, ex-soldier Will Jaeger runs to the ends of the earth to recover and to hide. But even there he is found, and compelled to undertake one last mission, and to confront a savage past he can barely even remember. Jaeger agrees to lead an expedition into the Mountains of the Gods in the remote Amazon jungle. At the dark heart of this real life Lost World lies a mystery WWII warplane, one that harbours a secret so explosive its very discovery may tear the world asunder.

UEB. 8v. Price: £16.99. Order No: 25426903

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.

UEB. 5v. Price: £16.99. Order No: 25572303

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 forever, no matter how much I wanted it to.

UEB. 5v. Price: £14.99. Order No: 25453103

Iggulden, Conn. The field of swords. 2011. Historical fiction.

Emperor: book 3. Julius Caesar has taken his legions north to battle the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his one true friendship. Marcus Brutus was instrumental in the conquest of Gaul and so in restoring Caesar’s reputation as a hero of Rome. But after decades standing side by side, will they choose to cross the Rubicon together? Are they both willing to take the fight to Rome herself?

UEB. 9v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25481603

James, P. D. Original sin. 1994. Crime.

Adam Dalgliesh: book 9. This story is set in a publishing firm, the Peverell Press. Chairman, Henry Peverell has just died, his French partner Jean-Philippe Etienne, has retired and Etienne's ruthless son Gerard has taken over as chairman and managing director. He has enemies: a discarded mistress, a humiliated author, his colleagues and threatened members of his staff. When he is found dead on the premises, his body desecrated, there is no shortage of suspects.

SEB. 10v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25596602

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.

UEB. 6v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25434503

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.

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25441603

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.

UEB. 5v. Price: £12.99. Order No: 25434403

Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley's lover. 1973. Classic.

Banned in 1928, and when it was published here in 1960, this frank depiction of a young woman's sensual awakening was at the centre of a sensational obscenity trial in 1963. Constance Chatterley is deeply unhappy; married to an invalid, she is almost as inwardly paralysed as her husband. Oppressed by her dreary life, she finds refuge and regeneration in the arms of Mellors the game-keeper.

SEB. 8v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25596202

Lethbridge, Ann. Captured countess. 2014. Mills and Boon romance.

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.

UEB. 4v. Price: £4.99. Order No: 25441403

McBride, Eimear. A girl is a half-formed thing. 2013. General fiction.

Eimear McBride's novel tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother after a tumour leaves him severely brain-damaged. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and sensual urges of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, to read 'A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing' is to plunge inside its narrator's head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.

UEB. 4v. Price: £10.00. Order No: 25429003

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?

UEB. 9v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25433903

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?

UEB. 3v. Price: £3.99. Order No: 25442303

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.

UEB. 6v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25441903

Patterson, James. Private Berlin. 2013. Thriller.

Private: book 5. Mattie Engel is one of the rising stars at Private Berlin, and believes she’s seen the worst of people in her previous life with the Berlin police force. That is until Chris, her colleague, is found dead, brutally murdered in an old slaughterhouse outside the city. Mattie soon realises that a masked killer is picking off Chris’s childhood friends, one by one, and destroying the trail. But who wants the past buried so badly?

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25425003

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.

UEB. 4v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25425103

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.

UEB. 7v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25441705

Rankin, Ian. The falls. 2001. Crime.

Inspector Rebus: book 12. A student has gone missing in Edinburgh, the daughter of influential bankers. Inspector Rebus feels that this is more than another missing case. When a doll is found in a six-inch coffin in her village, along with an internet role-playing game, his fears prove well founded.

SEB. 11v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25596702

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.

UEB. 6v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25442203

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.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25441503

Sheldon, Sidney. The sands of time. 1989. General fiction.

This is the tale of four nuns who are abruptly forced to flee the secure environment of their Spanish convent and face a hostile world they long ago abandoned. Suddenly these four women find themselves pawns in a violent struggle between the outlawed Basque underground movement, led by the charismatic Jaime Moir, and the Spanish army.

SEB. 7v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25580002

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 rain-swept 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.

UEB. 9v. Price: £16.99. Order No: 25431403

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.

UEB. 4v. Price: £12.99. Order No: 25434203

Vincenzi, Penny. No angel. 2001. Family stories.

Lytton dynasty: book 1. The first book of this family saga introduces the reader to the Lytton family, who own a publishing house in the years before World War II. Oliver and his wife, Lady Celia, have three children, Giles, Elspeth and Kit, and this story is about their secrets, lies, ruthlessness and ambition.

SEB. 18v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25596102

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.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25433803

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

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.

UEB. 6v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25434603

Williams, Tennessee. A streetcar named Desire. 1984.

In this play, which blends pathos with a sense of decadence, a recently widowed, faded Southern belle visits her bohemian sister and lusty brother-in-law, in the French quarter of New Orleans. Seeking the lost gentility of her early life, she instead faces a complete mental breakdown due to the insensitivity of those around her.

SEB. 4v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25588702

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

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.

UEB. 12v. Price: £9.99. Order No: 25442503

Adult non- fiction


Bellingham, Lynda. There's something I've been dying to tell you. 2015.

In 2013, actress, television personality and Sunday Times bestselling author, Lynda Bellingham was diagnosed with cancer. In this memoir, Lynda talks with beautiful poignancy about her life since her diagnosis, her family and how together they came to terms with a future they hadn't planned. This is a brave and brutally honest memoir and yet even when talking about these deeply personal experiences, Lynda manages to spread her infectious warmth and humour bringing light to a very dark time.

UEB. 4v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25448203

Gregg, Victor. Rifleman: a front-line life from Alamein and Dresden to the fall of the Berlin Wall. 2011.

Born into a working-class family in London in 1919, Victor Gregg enlisted in the Rifle Brigade at nineteen, was sent to the Middle East and saw action in Palestine. Following service in the western desert and at the battle of Alamein, he joined the Parachute Regiment and in September 1944 found himself at the battle of Arnhem. When the paratroopers were forced to withdraw, Gregg was captured. He attempted to escape, but was caught and became a prisoner of war; sentenced to death in Dresden for attempting to escape and burning down a factory, only the allies' infamous raid on the city the night before his execution saved his life. This is the story of a true survivor.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25426603

Uhlberg, Myron. Hands of my father: a hearing boy, his deaf parents, and the language of love. [2009]

Myron Uhlberg’s memoir tells the story of growing up as the hearing son of deaf parents and his life in a world that he found unaccountably beautiful, even as he longed to escape it. Uhlberg’s first language was American Sign Language, the first sign he learned: “I love you.” But his second language was spoken English and no sooner did he learn it than he was called upon to act as his father’s ears and mouth in the stores and streets of the neighbourhood beyond their silent apartment in Brooklyn. Resentful as he sometimes was of the heavy burdens heaped on his small shoulders, he nonetheless adored his parents, who passed on to him their own passionate engagement with life.

UEB. 4v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25449403

Zamperini, Louis. Devil at my heels: a heroic Olympian's astonishing story of survival as a Japanese POW in World War II. 2014.

Athletically gifted, Louis Zamperini propelled himself from the tough streets of Southern California to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and to an NCAA mile record at USC that stood for 20 years. When war came he left the track for a B24, a move that would have heartbreaking consequences.

UEB. 6v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25432103


Pelzer, Dave. A man named Dave. 2001.

"A Man Named Dave" is the conclusion to Dave Pelzer's trilogy of memoirs. With extraordinary generosity of spirit, Dave takes us on his journey confronting his past. In a dramatic reunion he confronts his father and ultimately faces the mother who so brutally abused him. Finally Dave finds the courage to break the chains of the past and learn to love, trust and live for the future.

SEB. 6v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25595902


Aristophanes. Lysistrata and other plays: The Acharnians, The clouds, Lysistrata. 2002.

Aristophanes was a contemporary of Socrates and the last and greatest of the old Attic comedians, but unfortunately only 11 of his plays survive. Of these, this title contains three: 'Lysistrata', 'The Acharnians', and 'The Clouds'. In Lysistrata, the titular heroine persuades the women of Greece to withhold sex from their husbands, forcing them to end the Peloponnesian War; and in The Archanians, a lone peasant enters into a private peace treaty with the Spartans, much to the chagrin of his fellow Athenians. The darker comedy of The Clouds satirises Athenian philosophers, Socrates in particular, and reflects the uncertainties of a generation in which all traditional religious and ethical beliefs were being challenged.

UEB. 7v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25482103

Food and Drink

Gwynn, Mary. The WI cookbook: the first 100 years. [2015]

As the Women's Institute turns 100, this book, curated by food journalist Mary Gwynn, brings together the 100 best loved members' recipes nationwide. Organised decade by decade, and setting each recipe in its historical and social context, it spans everything from jams and preserves to main courses, puddings and bakes. Nostalgic favourites like Toad in the Hole and Kedgeree feature alongside contemporary hits such as Lamb Pot Roast with Nettle Champ and Italian Lamb with Roasted Sweet Peppers. Here are recipes created during the war to make the most of limited supplies (like Stuffed Cod Steak and Apple and Fig Roll) and ideas to overcome the challenges of food rationing (like Elderberry and Apple Jelly and Corned Beef Hash) to current day recipes such as Venison Steaks with Quick Bearnaise Sauce and finally the WI's own signature cake: The Centenary Fruit Cake from North Yorkshire.

UEB. 4v. Price: £20.00. Order No: 25432303

Health and Fitness

Meadows, Guy. The sleep book: how to sleep well every night. 2014.

Supported by case studies, background information, exercises, key summaries and client testimonials, and enhanced with illustrations and visual aids, The Sleep Book teaches a revolutionary new method for combating insomnia. The Sleep Book is the sum of a doctorate degree in sleep and well over 12,000 hours spent working with more than 2,000 insomniacs in one-to-one clinics, workshops and retreat environments.

UEB. 3v. Price: £9.99. Order No: 25419803


Bryson, Bill. A short history of nearly everything. 2003.

This book is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science.

SEB. 9v. Price: £10.99. Order No: 25567902

Hodge, Susie. Secrets of the Knights Templar: the hidden history of the world's most powerful order. 2013.

The Knights Templar is one of the most secretive and powerful religious orders in history: for over two centuries they were the elite fighting force of the Crusades. Highly trained, and adhering to a strict chivalric code, their success on the battlefield brought them both wealth and political influence. But it is the legends and secrecy surrounding the order and its Grand Masters that continue to fascinate historians and general readers alike. This book examines each of these mysteries in turn to reveal the truth about the Knights' secret practices, rituals and codes, as well as the continued influence of the Templars today.

UEB. 5v. Price: £20.00. Order No: 25431103

Langley, Philippa. The king's grave: the search for Richard III. 2014.

In an incredible find, Richard III's remains have been uncovered beneath a car park in Leicester. In alternate chapters, Philippa Langley, whose years of research and belief that she would find Richard in this exact spot, reveals the inside story of the search for the king's grave, and historian Michael Jones tells of Richard's 15th-century life and death. The result is a portrayal of one of our greatest archaeological discoveries, allowing a complete re-evaluation of our most controversial monarch - one that discards the distortions of later Tudor histories and puts the man firmly back into the context of his times.

UEB. 7v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25449203

Sides, Hampton. In the kingdom of ice: the grand and terrible polar voyage of the USS Jeannette. 2015.

In 1879 the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds and a frenzy of publicity. The ship and its crew, captained by the heroic George De Long, were heading for glory and one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. But it was not long before the Jeannette was trapped in crushing pack ice. Battling everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition fought madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival.

UEB. 10v. Price: £9.99. Order No: 25449103

Summers, Julie. Jambusters: the story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War. 2015.

The Second World War was the WI's finest hour. With all the vigour, energy and enthusiasm at their disposal, a third of a million country women set out to make their lives and the lives of those around them more bearable in what they described as 'a period of insanity'. Jambusters tells the story of the minute and idiosyncratic details of everyday life during the Second World War. Making jam, making do and mending, gathering rosehips, keeping pigs and rabbits, housing evacuees, setting up canteens for the troops, knitting, singing and campaigning for a better Britain after the war: all these activities played a crucial role in war time.

UEB. 7v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25448403


Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert. The story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the secret history of Wonderland. 2015.

Drawing on previously unpublished material, 'The Story of Alice' illuminates the tangled history of two lives and two books, examining the peculiar friendship between Oxford mathematician Charles Dodgson, Lewis Carroll, and Alice Liddell, the child for whom he invented the Alice stories. It analyses how their relationship influenced the creation of Wonderland, how the two Alice books took on an unstoppable cultural momentum in the Victorian era, and why 150 years later they continue to enthrall and delight us.

UEB. 11v. Price: £25.00. Order No: 25431203

Popular Science

Wright, Lawrence. Twins: genes, environment and the mystery of human identity. 1997.

How do we become who we are? How free are we to decide on the directions of our lives? Given the moral injunctions against experimentation on humans, the experiences of twins, identical in their genes, upbringing or both, are crucial evidence in answering these questions and in understanding our sense of free will and individual identity.

SEB. 5v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25595802


Armstrong, Karen. Fields of blood: religion and the history of violence. 2015.

Countering the atheist claim that believers are by default violent fanatics and religion is the cause of all major wars, Karen Armstrong demonstrates that religious faith is not inherently violent. In fact, the world's major religions have throughout their history displayed ambivalent attitudes towards aggression and warfare. At times they have allied themselves with states and empires for protection or to further their influence; at others they have tried to curb state oppression and aggression and worked for peace and justice.

UEB. 14v. Price: £9.99. Order No: 25449003


Oborne, Peter. Wounded tiger: the history of cricket in Pakistan. 2014.

The story of Pakistan cricket is filled with triumph and tragedy. In recent years, it has been threatened by the same problems affecting Pakistan itself: fallout from the 'war on terror', sectarian violence, corruption, crises in health and education, and a shortage of effective leaders. But for all its troubles, cricket gives all Pakistanis a chance to excel and express themselves, a sense of identity and a cause for pride in their country.

UEB. 14v. Price: £18.99. Order No: 25582602

Travel and Tourism

Bryson, Bill. The road to Little Dribbling: more notes from a small island. 2015.

In 1995, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. The trip resulted in the book 'Notes from a Small Island'. Now, Bill Bryson sets out on a brand-new journey, on a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis on the south coast to Cape Wrath on the northernmost tip of Scotland. Once again, he will guide us through all that's best and worst about Britain today.

UEB. 7v. Price: £20.00. Order No: 25431803

Balding, Clare. Walking home. 2015.

Clare Balding is on a mission to discover Britain and Ireland. She's conquered over 1,500 miles of footpaths, from the Pennine Way to the South-west Coast Path. As well as blisters and a twisted ankle, she's walked with extraordinary people. In Walking Home she shares these stories and tells of more (mis)adventures with her family and her wayward Tibetan terrier Archie. Along the way there are beguiling diversions and life-changing rambles.

UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25448603

Macfarlane, Robert. Landmarks. 2015.

Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to describe land, nature and weather. Travelling from Cumbria to the Cairngorms, and exploring the landscapes of Roger Deakin, J. A. Baker, Nan Shepherd and others, Robert Macfarlane shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape, and a vital means of coming to love it.

UEB. 6v. Price: £20.00. Order No: 25449303

Children and young adult fiction

0-4 suggested reading age

Murphy, Jill. Five minutes' peace: celebrating thirty years of the large family. 2016.

This is the story of Mrs Large the elephant, who just needs five minutes of peace and quiet away from her boisterous children. So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there's never a dull moment with the Larges, and it soon becomes clear that mum's quiet time is to be very short-lived!

UEB double line spacing, single sided. 1v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25584303

Also available in uncontracted braille. 1v. Order No: 25584305

Rosen, Michael. We're going on a bear hunt. 2013.

Follow the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of the bear. What a surprise awaits in the cave on the other side of the dark forest.

UEB double line spacing, single sided. 1v. Price: £4.99. Order No: 25584403

Also available in uncontracted braille. 1v. Order No: 25584405

05+ suggested reading age

Gaiman, Neil. The day I swapped my dad for two goldfish. 2005.

When a boy swaps his dad for two goldfish he does not really think through the consequences! After all, he is not the only person who can swap stuff. When the boy is told by his mother that he has to get his father back it is not so easily done. It seems that the father has a pretty high value as he has been traded by one child to the next leaving a trail that the son has to follow. Where will it all end?

UEB double line spacing, single sided. 2v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25592903

09+ suggested reading age

Lewis, C.S. The horse and his boy. 1954.

Chronicles of Narnia: book 3. Shasta, a boy on the verge of being sold into slavery, meets Bree, a talking horse who has been kidnapped from Narnia and longs to return there. Together they decide to run away in search of his beloved home. They flee on a wild and dangerous journey through strange cities, eerie tombs and harsh deserts -- in search of Narnia, where there is freedom and safety.

SEB. 3v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25596002

Thorne, Jack. Harry Potter and the cursed child. 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

UEB. 4v. Price: £20.00. Order No: 25587803

Wilson, Jacqueline. Buried alive! 1998.

Tim and Biscuit are having a brilliant holiday in Wales. Life is full of ice cream, sandcastles and picnics – until they meet the horrid bully Prickle -Head and his side-kick Pinch-Face. Just as they are about to despair, reinforcements arrive in an unexpected form.

SEB. 2v. Price: £4.99. Order No: 25596402

Wilson, Jacqueline. Katy. 2015.

Katy Carr is a lively, daredevil oldest sister in a big family. She loves messing around outdoors, climbing on the garage roof, or up a tree, cycling, skateboarding, and swinging. But her life changes in dramatic and unexpected ways after a serious accident. Inspired by the classic novel, What Katy Did, Jacqueline Wilson creates a modern version for the twenty-first-century.

UEB. 8v. Price: £12.99. Order No: 25426503

Also available in uncontracted braille. 10v. Order No: 25426505

13+ suggested reading age

Dawson, James. Hollow Pike. 2012.

Lis London is hoping for a fresh start when she arrives in the sleepy village of Hollow Pike but nothing here is as it seems. Lis has a recurring nightmare where someone is trying to kill her. A ritual murder in the woods, just like her dream, makes Lis think she might be next to die.

UEB. 7v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25451303

Gardner, Graham. Inventing Elliot. 2004.

Elliot is determined to reinvent himself at his new school. This time he will be so cool that no bully will touch him. But he is too successful. Taken up by the Guardians, a mysterious group who control and manipulate others to create a reign of terror, he is invited to become one of them.

UEB. 4v. Price: £4.99. Order No: 25455903

Hartinger, Brent. Geography Club. 2004.

Russel Middlebrook: book 1. Russel Middlebrook is convinced he's the only gay kid at Goodkind High School. Then his online gay chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school's baseball team. Soon Russel meets other gay students, too. There's his best friend Min, who reveals that she is bisexual, and her soccer-playing girlfriend Terese. Then there's Terese's politically active friend, Ike. But how can kids this diverse get together without drawing attention to themselves?

UEB. 3v. Price: £7.54. Order No: 25456603

Kate, Lauren. Teardrop. 2014.

Teardrop: book 1. Never, ever cry - Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before. But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too.

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25413803

Kate, Lauren. Waterfall. 2014.

Teardrop: book 2. Eureka's tears have flooded the earth and now Atlantis is rising, along with its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Ander to try and make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created. Will she be strong enough to defeat Atlas, or is her broken heart just what he needs to power his rising kingdom?

UEB. 7v. Price: £12.99. Order No: 25414203

Levithan, David. Boy meets boy. 2006.

Paul has been gay his whole life and he's confident about almost everything. He doesn't have to hide his feelings like best friend Tony. Or even cope with loving the wrong guy like his other best friend Joni. But heartbreak can happen to anyone. Falling in love changes everything.

UEB. 4v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25451203

London, Alex. Proxy. 2014.

Knox was born into one of the city's wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want, the latest tech, the coolest clothes and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death. Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own. Then again, neither is Knox's.

UEB. 8v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25448303

Sâenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe. 2014.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship, the kind of friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through their friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and about the kind of people they want to be.

UEB. 5v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25452003

Wilson, Jacqueline. Girls out late. 1999.

Girls: book 3. Will Russell stay interested in Ellie when she has to be home by nine? Ellie's dad says she has to be home by nine o'clock, but while she's out with her best friends, Magda and Nadine, she meets a boy. Will Russell stay interested in a girl who has to be home by nine?

SEB. 3v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25596302

15+ suggested reading age

Manning, Sarra. Pretty things. 2005.

Brie is in love with Lancome Juicy Tubes, Louis Vuitton accessories and Charlie, her gay best friend. But Charlie is in love with 1960's pop art, 1980s teen movies and serial heartbreaker, Walker. Walker has only ever been in love with his VW Bug, until he meets Daisy. And Daisy is far too busy hating everyone to know what love is. This is a story about kissing people you shouldn't, falling in love and off your heels, and breaking hearts because there's nothing to watch on telly.

UEB. 4v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25451503

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