New books Issue 54 November 2016

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Talking Books

Adult fiction

Aaronovitch, Ben. Moon over Soho. 2011. Fantasy. TB23251.

Peter Grant: book 2. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body, a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural. Body and soul are what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho.

Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. 10 hours 4 minutes.

Barnett, Laura. The versions of us. 2015. General fiction. TB22917.

A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life. Eva and Jim are 19 and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then-lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. 'The Versions of Us' follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting.

Read by Clare Corbett and Daniel Weyman. 12 hours 47 minutes.

Bennett, Vanora. The people's queen. 2011. Historical fiction. TB22428.

14th century England is in turmoil: the king is in debt to the city and the old order has broken down and it is a time of opportunity for those who can seize the moment. The king's mistress, Alice Perrers, becomes the virtual ruler of the country from his sickbed. Disliked and despised by the Black Prince and his cronies, her strong connections to the merchants make her a natural ally for the king's ambitious second son, John of Gaunt. They create a powerful position for one of his henchmen, Geoffrey Chaucer.

Read by Lucy Scott. 19 hours 30 minutes.

Billingham, Mark. Good as dead. 2011. Crime. TB23248.

Tom Thorne: book 10. Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. As she waits innocently at the till, she comes face to face with a gunman. The crazed hostage-taker is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody. By holding a police officer at gunpoint, he will force the one man who knows more about the case than any other to re-investigate his son's death. That man is DI Tom Thorne. While Helen fights to stay alive and the body-count rises, Thorne must race against time if he

is to bring a killer to justice and save a young mother's life.

Read by Mark Billingham. 10 hours 46 minutes.

Bradshaw, Rita. Break of dawn. 2012. Historical romance. TB22967.

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.

Read by Anne Dover. 12 hours 41 minutes.

Camilleri, Andrea. The track of sand. 2012. Crime. TB23196.

Inspector Montalbano: book 12. Inspector Montalbano rises one morning to find the carcass of a horse on the beach in front of his seaside home. But no sooner do his men arrive, than the body mysteriously vanishes, leaving behind only a trail in the sand. Before long Rachele, a beguiling equestrian champion, turns up at police headquarters to report her horse missing. She had been keeping it at the stables of Saverio Lo Duca, one of the richest men in Sicily. Soon things take a more disturbing turn.

Read by Daniel Philpott. 5 hours 52 minutes.

Christie, Agatha. The rose and the yew tree. 2012. Romance. TB22861.

Everyone expected Isabella Charteris, beautiful, sheltered and aristocratic, to marry her cousin Rupert when he came back from the War. It would have been such a suitable marriage. How strange then that John Gabriel, an ambitious and ruthless war hero, should appear in her life. For Isabella, the price of love would mean abandoning her dreams of home and happiness forever. For Gabriel, it would destroy his chance of a career and all his ambitions.

Read by Daniel Philpott. 7 hours 13 minutes.

Christie, Agatha. The burden. 2012. Romance. TB22862.

Laura Franklin bitterly resented the arrival of her younger sister Shirley, an enchanting baby loved by all the family. But Laura's emotions towards her sister changed dramatically, when she vowed to protect her with all her strength and love. While Shirley longs for freedom and romance, Laura has to learn that loving can never be a one-sided affair, and the burden of her love for her sister has a dramatic effect on both their lives.

Read by Gillian Kerrod. 7 hours 9 minutes.

Clary, Julian. Devil in disguise. 2010. Humorous fiction. TB22940.

When Simon's pursuit of Mr Right leads to a devastating betrayal, Molly is left broken-hearted and their friendship seems fractured beyond repair. Distraught, Molly flees for comfort to her one-time landlady, Lilia, an ex-cabaret singer with an extraordinary past. But is Lilia's bungalow quite the safe refuge it seems?

Read by Kris Dyer. 14 hours 7 minutes.

Cleave, Chris. Everyone brave is forgiven. 2016. Literary fiction. TB23227.

When war is declared, Mary North goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss, until his flatmate Alistair unexpectedly enlists. Young, bright and brave, Mary is certain she'd be a marvellous spy. When she is, bewilderingly, made a teacher, she instead finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them.

Read by Luke Thompson. 12 hours 38 minutes.

Collins, Jackie. The stud. 2012. General fiction. TB22869.

Stud: book 1. London, 1969. The hottest, hippest, domain of hedonists and pleasure-seekers, where swingers swarm the clubs and discos in a quest to live for the moment. At the centre of this scene, one man plays all the angles, never missing a chance to score with the beautiful women who desire him, and walks the line between ecstasy and overload. Now the woman he wants the most knows his number and may just call his bluff.

Contains swear words.

Read by Una Byrne, David John and Louise Jameson. 7 hours 54 minutes.

Connelly, Michael. City of bones. 2014. Crime. TB22915.

Harry Bosch: book 8. When the bones of a boy are found scattered in the Hollywood Hills, Harry Bosch is drawn into a case that brings up dark memories from his past. Unearthing hidden stories, he finds the child's identity and reconstructs his fractured life, determined that he won't be forgotten. At the same time, a new love affair with a female cop begins to blossom, until a stunningly blown mission leaves him in more trouble than ever before. The investigation races to a shocking conclusion and leaves Bosch on the brink of an unimaginable decision.

Read by Peter Jay Fernandez. 11 hours 7 minutes.

Dietrich, William. Napoleon's pyramids. 2011. Historical fiction. TB23201.

Ethan Gage: book 1. Ethan Gage, an expatriate American in post-revolutionary France, wins an ancient medallion in a card game. That same night, Ethan is framed for a prostitute’s murder and barely escapes France with his life. Faced with either prison or death, Gage is offered a third choice: to accompany Napoleon Bonaparte, as France sails to conquer Egypt. Once Gage arrives, he realises that the medallion may solve one of the greatest riddles of history– who built the Great Pyramids, and why.

Read by Jeff Harding. 15 hours 24 minutes.

Douglas, Anne. The butterfly girls. 2002. Family stories. TB23133.

Rose, Martie and Alex grew up in the "Colonies", a housing development by the Water of Leith. Only Rose, a lawyer's daughter, did not belong. When Alex and Martie decided to train as nurses in Edinburgh, they're relieved to see Rose's friendly face, even if she is now Staff Burnett. Martie is determined to escape the misery of her childhood and find a rich husband, Alex has more romantic dreams. She's had a crush on Rose's brother since they were children and is secretly excited when he's admitted to the hospital with a mild case of TB. But, nurses in the 1950s are strictly forbidden from any personal development with their patients.

Read by Maggie MacRitchie. 13 hours 15 minutes.

Ebershoff, David. The Danish girl. 2015. Literary fiction. TB23252.

Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: What do you do when the person you love has to change? It starts with a question, a favour asked by a wife of her husband setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires.

Read by Joe Jameson. 11 hours 18 minutes.

Fisher, Dorothy Canfield. The home-maker. 1999. Literary fiction. TB22749.

Persephone book: book 7. The Home-Maker describes Evangeline, an obsessively house-proud mother and home-maker who renders each of her children miserable in different ways, through her perfectionism and her need to control; without realizing it, she is frustrated and bored yet she thinks she is a good and devoted mother. Lester, her husband, is also unhappy, at home and at work. It is only when he falls off a roof that his family's life changes; he is wheelchair-bound at home and his wife goes to work in a department store in small town New England.

Read by Laurel Lefkow. 7 hours 47 minutes.

Follett, Ken. Edge of eternity. 2014. General fiction. TB23081.

Century trilogy: book 3. Five families. Three decades. One extraordinary era. When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. In the United States, George Jakes, a bright young lawyer in the Kennedy administration, is a fierce supporter of the Civil Rights movement. Boarding a Greyhound bus in Washington to protest against segregation, they begin a fateful journey together. Russian activist, Tania Dvorkin, narrowly evades capture for producing an illegal news sheet.

Read by David Learner. 44 hours 8 minutes.

Forster, Margaret. Georgy girl. 2005. General fiction. TB23151.

Georgy is young and fun, but is also large, self-confessedly ugly and desperate for love. Then Meredith her pretty, callous flatmate, announces she is pregnant and Jos, the expectant father, decides he is in love with Georgy.

Read by Cally Lawrence. 6 hours 20 minutes.

Genova, Lisa. Still Alice. 2015. General fiction. TB22944.

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. She soon finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of Alzheimer's Disease. Her short-term memory may be hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, but she is still Alice.

Read by Amy Finegan. 8 hours 30 minutes.

George, Elizabeth. A banquet of consequences. 2015. Crime. TB23009.

The Inspector Lynley mysteries: book 19. The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge? Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with bestselling writer Clare Abbott and her personal assistant Caroline Goldacre gives her a connection to the murder, she begs DI Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime...

Read by Julie Teal. 22 hours 12 minutes.

Goodman, Carol. Dark possession. 2013. Fantasy. TB23082.

Fairwick Chronicles: book 3. Fairwick is a changed place. The door to Faerie has been destroyed and the town has been taken over by the all powerful and dominant Nephilim. The suggestion of another remaining door is the only thing keeping Callie's hope alive, and with her friends trapped in Faerie and her demon lover banished, she knows she must act before it's too late. So when she is told of a powerful relic that can destroy the Nephilim she begins a dangerous journey to retrieve it. But the relic is in Faerie, and the witch-finders are after her.

Contains swear words.

Read by Stephanie Cannon. 9 hours 51 minutes.

Goyer, David S. Heaven's war. 2013. Science fiction. TB22945.

Heaven's shadow: book 2. When an unidentified object is spotted, hurtling towards Earth, two rival teams race to claim it. But the affectionately named Keanu conceals astonishing and dangerous secrets. Instead of barren rock, astronauts discover a giant ship with an extraterrestrial crew. A ship that has headed to Earth with a mission and a message: help us.

Read by Jeff Harding. 16 hours 34 minutes.

Greene, Vanessa. The Seafront Tea Rooms. 2015. Chick lit. TB22451.

Charismatic journalist Charlotte is on a mission to scope out Britain's best tea rooms. She knows she's found something special in the Seafront Tea Rooms, but is it a secret she should share? Kathryn, a single mother whose only sanctuary is the Seafront, convinces Charlie to keep the place out of her article by agreeing to join her on her search. Together with another regular, Seraphine, a culture-shocked French au pair with a passion for pastry-making, they travel around the country discovering quaint hideaways and hidden gems. But what none of them expect is for their journey to surprise them with discoveries of a different kind.

Read by Fiona Paul. 8 hours 50 minutes.

Gregory, Susanna. An unholy alliance. 1997. Historical crime. TB22760.

In 1350 the people of Cambridge are struggling to overcome the effects of the Black Death. At Michaelhouse Matthew Bartholomew is training new physicians to replace those who died of the pestilence. When the body of a friar is found in the massive chest where the University stores its most precious documents, Bartholomew is dragged away from his teaching to investigate. But the friar's is not the only unexplained death in town.

Read by Charles Armstrong. 10 hours 57 minutes.

Han, Kang. The vegetarian: a novel. 2015. Literary fiction. TB23164.

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-like' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision is a shocking act of subversion.

Read by David Thorpe. 6 hours 11 minutes.

Harkness, Deborah E. The book of life. 2015. Paranormal fiction. TB21460.

All souls trilogy: book 3. Historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home in France they reunite with their families with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency.

Read by Emma Claire Brightlyn. 21 hours 33 minutes.

Hesse, Hermann. Siddhartha. 2008. Classic. TB23022.

Set in India, 'Siddhartha' is the story of a young Brahmin's search for ultimate reality after meeting with the Buddha. His quest takes him from a life of decadence to asceticism, from the joys of sensual love with a beautiful courtesan, and of wealth and fame, to the struggles with his son and the ultimate wisdom of renunciation.

Read by Chetan Pathak. 4 hours 45 minutes.

Hiraide, Takashi. The guest cat. 2014. Literary fiction. TB23025.

A couple in their 30s live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another. One day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. She is a beautiful creature. She leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. New, small joys accompany the cat; the days have more light and colour. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife; they go walking together, talk and share stories of the cat and its little ways, play in the nearby garden. But then something happens that will change everything again.

Read by Ric Jerrom. 3 hours 45 minutes.

Ironmonger, J. W. Not forgetting the whale. 2015. General fiction. TB22919.

When a young man washes up, naked, on the sands of St Piran in Cornwall, he is quickly rescued by the villagers. From the retired village doctor and the schoolteacher, to the beachcomber and the owner of the local bar, the priest's wife and the romantic novelist, they take this lost soul into their midst. But what the villagers don't know is that Joe Haak has fled London fearing a worldwide collapse of civilisation, a collapse forecast by Cassie, a computer program he designed. But is the end of the world really nigh? Can Joe convince the village to seal itself off from the outside world? And what of the whale that lurks in the bay?

Read by David Thorpe. 13 hours 30 minutes.

James, E. L. Grey. Fifty shades of grey as told by Christian. 2015. Erotic fiction. TB23087.

Fifty shades: book 4. Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty - until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him - to Christian's cold, wounded heart. Will being with Ana dispel the horrors that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

Contains violence. Contains sex scenes. Contains swear words.

Read by Paul Birchard. 16 hours 47 minutes.

Kelly, Cathy. Between sisters. 2015. Chick lit. TB23262.

Cassie has spent her married life doing everything right, making sure her children have the perfect life, being a devoted wife and daughter-in-law. It's left her so exhausted that 'wine o'clock' comes a little earlier each afternoon. Her sister Coco runs a vintage dress shop and has shied away from commitment over the years. Coco believes men complicate things, and she's got enough to contend with. Until a face from her past returns.

Read by Caroline Lennon. 14 hours 23 minutes.

Keyes, Daniel. Flowers for Algernon. 2002. Science fiction. TB23028.

Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes, until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius. But then Algernon, the mouse whose triumphal experimental transformation preceded his, fades and dies, and Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary.

Read by Christopher Ragland. 8 hours 45 minutes.

La Plante, Lynda. Widows. 2008. Thriller. TB22890.

Dolly Rawlins: book 1. Harry Rawlins had been masterminding robberies for 20 years. The hijack of a security van would bring the gang thousands, but the job went wrong & Harry & his team were killed. Harry's widow, Dolly, had three options. She could hand over Harry's ledgers to the police. She could hand them over to a bunch of thugs. Or she could take the business over.

Read by Annie Aldington. 7 hours 40 minutes.

La Plante, Lynda. Widows: No. 2. 1994. Thriller. TB23030.

Dolly Rawlins: book 2. Four women hold up an armed security wagon and make their escape to Rio, leaving the bulk of the cash hidden in London. They are free and ready to start a new life, but the shadow of a man they had presumed dead hangs over them.

Read by Annie Aldington. 12 hours 20 minutes.

Lafaye, Vanessa. Summertime. 2015. General fiction. TB23254.

Florida, 1935, and the residents of Heron Key are preparing for the 4th July barbecue. Tensions simmer at the party and in the early hours of the morning, a woman is found half-beaten to death. As whites turn on blacks, the finger of suspicion points at one man. Far over the Atlantic a tropical storm changes direction and turns towards Florida. As the hurricane beacons are lit along the Keys, the town folk prepare themselves as they always do, unaware that the approaching storm is beyond anything they've ever experienced. In one night, Heron Key will change forever.

Read by Adjoa Andoh. 11 hours 15 minutes.

Lawton, John. Blue rondo. 2007. Crime. TB14812.

Frederick Troy: book 5. London, late 1950s. A new breed of gangster appears and the battle for the East End begins. Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy is quite literally caught in the crossfire, when he is hit by the blast from a car bomb. His girlfriend and boss want him to retire, but then his past emerges in the form of an old mistress, and his youth returns to haunt him. It is time for Troy to return to the fray.

Read by Lewis Hancock. 12 hours 8 minutes.

Lustbader, Eric. Robert Ludlum's The Bourne sanction. 2010. Thriller. TB22920.

Bourne: book 6. University professor David Webb - forever caught between two identities - is still haunted by the splintered nightmares of his former life as Jason Bourne. Soon he finds himself embroiled in a CIA operation to hunt down a terrorist organisation, and is plunged into the deadliest and most tangled assignment of his double life. With his own side trying to take him down, all the while an assassin as brilliant and damaged as himself is getting closer by the minute.

Read by Jeremy Davidson. 16 hours 8 minutes.

Maitland, Karen. The vanishing witch. 2014. Thriller. TB22992.

The reign of Richard II is troubled, the poor are about to become poorer still and landowners are lining their pockets. It's a case of every man for himself, whatever his status or wealth. But in a world where nothing can be taken at face value, who can you trust? The dour wool merchant? His impulsive son? The stepdaughter with the hypnotic eyes? Or the raven-haired widow clutching her necklace of bloodstones? And when people start dying unnatural deaths and the peasants decide it's time to fight

back, it's all too easy to spy witchcraft at every turn.

Read by Jonathan Keeble. 17 hours 17 minutes.

Mortimer, Carole. Darian Hunter: Duke of desire. 2014. Mills and Boon romance. TB23091.

Dangerous Dukes: book 3. The Players: Darian Hunter, Duke of Wolfingham: legendary rake and notorious bachelor. Mariah Beecham, Countess of Carlisle: society’s scandalous widow and secret agent of the crown. The Stage: A notoriously debauched house party. The Scene: Forced to pose as lovers, Darian and Mariah must work together to stop an assassination plot. The Twist: As the shocking and oh, so sensual games play out around them the romantic ruse becomes all too real. And the tantalising temptation to indulge their every desire becomes overwhelming.

Read by Sherry Baines. 7 hours 48 minutes.

Mosby, Steve. The 50/50 killer. 2016. Crime. TB23259.

Mark Nelson is a young police officer, newly assigned to the team of John Mercer, a highly-decorated and successful detective. When a man is found burned to death in his own home, Mercer's team is thrown into an investigation that grows darker and more complex at every turn. The evidence points to a man known as the Fifty-Fifty Killer. His targets are young couples, who he stalks and subjects to a single night of torture and manipulation, testing and destroying the love between them.

Read by Gareth Armstrong. 10 hours 29 minutes.

Murray, Annie. The narrowboat girl. 2009. Family stories. TB22984.

Narrowboat girl: book 1. Young Maryann Nelson is devastated at the loss of her beloved father. But worse is to come when her mother, Flo, sees an opportunity to better herself and her family in a marriage to the local undertaker, Norman Griffin. Though on the surface a caring family man, Norman is not at all what he seems, as Maryann and her sister Sal soon discover.

Read by Annie Aldington. 13 hours 27 minutes.

O'Brien, Edna. The little red chairs. 2015. Literary fiction. TB22951.

When a wanted war criminal, masquerading as a healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall. One woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell and in this searing novel, Edna O'Brien charts the consequence of that fatal attraction. This is a story about love, the artifice of evil and the terrible necessity of accountability in our shattered, damaged world.

Read by John Cormack. 10 hours 16 minutes.

Pearse, Lesley. Rosie. 2010. General fiction. TB22679.

Without a mother, Rosie is at the mercy of her father and thuggish brothers. Then one day a friend comes to the farm in the form of cockney housekeeper Heather Farley. But soon enough Heather vanishes, abandoning Rosie to her fate. Only when Thomas Farley comes to find his sister several years later, does Rosie learn the terrible truth about Heather and her family. Running away from home, she finds herself pursued by the man who brought ruin on her family. Is he out to get her too? Or could he have some other reason for chasing her?

Read by Emma Powell. 22 hours 50 minutes.

Pearse, Lesley. Tara. 2011. General fiction. TB22954.

In the East End, twelve-year-old Tara witnesses her villain of a father almost kill her mother. She forges a determination then and there to change her life. This is the story of three beautiful and talented women. Mabel, whose great love for a gambling man has brought her close to insanity; gentle Amy, who marries a man brutalised by war and failure; and Tara, who is hungry for success and life on her own terms.

Read by Madeleine Brolly. 22 hours 17 minutes.

Raybourn, Deanna. A curious beginning. 2015. Historical crime. TB23036.

Veronica Speedwell mystery: book 1. London, 1887. Veronica Speedwell intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. But fate has other plans When Veronica thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, he offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. When the Baron is murdered, Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

Read by Lucy Scott. 11 hours 5 minutes.

Sennen, Mark. Cut dead. 2014. Crime. TB22837.

DI Charlotte Savage: book 3. When three women are found headless and mutilated in a pit on a farm, it's a return to a chilling case for DCI Savage and her team. For the killings bear all the hallmarks of The Candle Cake Killer, a man who mutilated and killed his victims on consecutive midsummer's days leaving no clue apart from a piece of birthday cake. The police were unable to catch him, and for several years the Candle Cake Killer lay dormant, he's back and Midsummer's Day is approaching.

Read by Stevie Lacey. 13 hours 49 minutes.

Shaara, Jeff. Gods and generals. 1996. War fiction. TB23280.

Civil War trilogy: book 1. Shaara traces the lives, passions, and careers of the great military leaders from the first gathering clouds of the Civil War. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a hopelessly by-the-book military instructor and devout Christian who becomes the greatest commander of the Civil War; Winfield Scott Hancock, a captain of quartermasters who quickly establishes himself as one of the finest leaders of the Union army; Joshua Chamberlain, who gives up his promising academic career and goes on to become one of the most heroic soldiers in American history; and Robert E. Lee, never believing until too late that a civil war would ever come to pass.

Read by Paul Birchard. 19 hours 15 minutes.

Shaw, Chantelle. A bride worth millions. 2015. Mills and Boon romance. TB22781.

Howard sisters: book 2. Athena Howard can’t believe she did it. In an outrageously large wedding dress, she climbed out of the window and escaped The Wedding of the Year and the fiancé who lied to her. And fell straight into Luca De Rossi’s arms! Luca has just two weeks to marry and meet the terms of his grandmother’s will. The cut-throat businessman offers Athena one million pounds to become Mrs De Rossi in name only, unless the allure of his new wife’s purity proves too much for this cynical playboy to resist claiming their wedding night.

Read by Lisa Milne Henderson. 6 hours 21minutes.

Shaw, Chantelle. Sheikh's forbidden conquest. 2015. Mills and Boon romance. TB22904.

Howard sisters: book 1. Sultan Kadir Al Sulaimar might be Europe's most notorious playboy, but since his bride-to-be has finally come of age he's sworn to be faithful to the princess he's never met. Yet when feisty helicopter pilot Lexi Howard saves his life she turns Kadir's regimented world upside down. His first duty must be to his country, but avoiding the sensual pilot is becoming increasingly difficult, especially now that she's working for him!

Read by Lisa Milne Henderson. 6 hours 16 minutes.

Smith, Frederick E. 633 Squadron. 2003. War fiction. TB22757.

633 Squadron: book 1. Vesuvius - this was the mission on which the success of D-Day depended. The chosen squadron was no. 633, and their target was a fjord in Norway, where the Germans were known to be developing something so secret that not even the crews of the Mosquitoes which were to fly on the mission could be told about it. All they do know is that they will be flying in low, between the steep mountain walls, without fighter support. Most of them will be flying one way only.

Read by Sam Woolf. 9 hours 14 minutes.

Taylor, Jennifer. Miracle under the mistletoe. 2015. Mills and Boon romance. TB22907.

Two years ago A&E Consultant Sean Fitzgerald left Molly Daniels broken -hearted. Now he’s back, and the reception she gives him is frostier than the weather! But he’s determined to reveal the truth about his past. Walking away from Molly was the hardest thing Sean’s ever done, but now she’s within his reach once more he never wants to let her go. Could one magical mistletoe kiss be all he needs to melt her heart and finally show Molly he’s here to stay?

Read by Madeleine Brolly. 4 hours 15 minutes.

Toyne, Simon. Solomon Creed. 2015. Science fiction. TB22855.

Solomon Creed: book 1. When Solomon Creed flees the burning wreckage of a plane in the Arizona desert, seconds before an explosion sets the world alight, he is acting on instinct. He has no memory of his past, and no idea what his future holds. Running towards a nearby town, one name fires in his mind, James Coronado. Somehow, Solomon knows he must save this man. But how do you save a man who is already dead?

Read by Joseph Balderrama. 13 hours 24 minutes.

Trenow, Liz. The Poppy Factory. 2014. Family stories. TB22856.

With the end of the First World War, Rose is looking forward to welcoming home her husband, Alfie, from the battlefields. Traumatised by what he has seen, the Alfie who comes home is a different man to the one Rose married. As he struggles to cope with life in peacetime, Rose wrestles with temptation as the man she fell in love with seems lost forever. Many years later, Jess returns from her final tour of Afghanistan. Haunted by nightmares from her time at the front, her homecoming is a disaster. Can comfort come through her great -grandmother Rose’s diaries?

Read by Maggie Mash. 11 hours 19 minutes.

Trevor, Elleston. The big pick-up. 1979. War fiction. TB23047.

Set entirely in France, Elleston Trevor's novel revolves around a ragged platoon of war-weary and humiliated British soldiers retreating from the German onslaught. With their morale collapsing, with enemy tanks behind them and enemy dive-bombers overhead, they trek to Dunkirk and the expected safety of evacuation. Dunkirk was a disaster, but the army's salvation by a flotilla of little boats was a miracle.

Read by Sam Woolf. 10 hours 14 minutes.

Van Lustbader, Eric. The testament. 2006. Thriller. TB22766.

When Bravo's father dies in mysterious circumstances, his hidden life is laid bare. Dexter Shaw belonged to a secret religious order long thought extinct. For centuries, this order has guarded a lost Testament that could end Christianity as we know it. Dexter was the Keeper of the Testament - now his son must take his place. Bravo has to solve the clues his father left behind, locate this precious document and ward off those who want it destroyed. But his enemies are powerful, and will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried.

Read by Robert G Slade. 19 hours 44minutes.

Veste, Luca. Dead gone. 2014. Crime. TB22287.

DI Murphy and DS Rossi: book 1. A serial killer is stalking the streets of Liverpool, gruesomely murdering victims as part of a series of infamous unethical and deadly psychological experiments. When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the City of Liverpool University, DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi realise they're chasing a killer unlike any they've hunted before, one who doesn't just want their bodies, but wants their minds.

Read by Jonathan Keeble. 11 hours 38 minutes.

Veste, Luca. The dying place. 2014. Crime. TB22858.

DI Murphy and DS Rossi: book 2. DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi discover the body of a teenage boy, dumped in front of a church in Liverpool. 17-year-old Dean Hughes was reported missing six months ago, yet no-one has been looking for him. A known troublemaker, who cared if he was dead or alive? But soon the police realise Dean isn't the only boy who's gone missing in similar circumstances. Someone has been abducting troubled teens. Someone who thinks they're above the law. Someone with terrifying plans for them.

Read by Jonathan Keeble. 10 hours 39 minutes.

Ward, Catriona. Rawblood. 2015. Horror. TB23256.

In 1910, eleven-year-old Iris Villarca lives with her father at Rawblood, a lonely house on Dartmoor. For generations the Villarcas have died young. Now Iris and her father are the last of the line. Their disease confines them to their lonely mansion their disease means they must die alone. But Iris breaks her promise to hide from the world. She dares to fall in love. And only then do they understand the true horror of the Villarca curse.

Read by Victoria Fox and Peter Kenny. 13 hours 23 minutes.

Waugh, Daisy. Melting the snow on Hester Street. 2013. General fiction. TB22859.

It is the blistering summer of 1929 and Hollywood's glamorous set appear to have it all. Everybody everywhere is living the Hollywood dream, including the elegant and charming, high-society couple, actor and actress Maximilian and Eleanor Beecham. But beneath the sophistication and glamour their insecure and unhappy marriage is on the brink of divorce and their finances are teetering on a knife's edge after a series of failed films. But they cannot resist one last shot of making it in the film industry.

Read by Alice Frayn. 10 hours 48 minutes.

Weaver, Pam. For better for worse. 2014. Family stories. TB22860.

As Britain recovers from the Second World War, Annie Royal is looking to the future. Recently married to Henry, and with a baby on the way, she and her new husband are happily settled in the seaside town of Worthing. But a knock at the door brings Annie's world crashing down. On her doorstep stands Sarah and her two young children. As they talk, Sarah reveals that she is Henry's wife and she has been searching for him since he walked out on their family a year ago.

Read by Jenny Funnell. 12 hours 31minutes.

Webb, Katherine. The English girl. 2016. General fiction. TB23258.

Joan Seabrook, a fledgling archaeologist, has fulfilled her lifelong dream to visit Arabia by travelling from England to the ancient city of Muscat with her fiancé, Rory. But Joan's encounter with the extraordinary and reclusive pioneering explorer Maude Vickery will change everything. Both women have things that they want, and secrets they must keep. As their friendship grows, Joan is seduced by Maude's stories, and the thrill of the adventure they hold, and only too late does she begin to question her actions - actions that will spark a wild, and potentially disastrous, chain of events.

Read by Anna Bentink. 16 hours 43 minutes.

Williams, Kate. The storms of war. 2015. Historical fiction. TB23260.

In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. Rudolf and Verena are planning the wedding of their daughter Emmeline, while their eldest son, Arthur, is studying in Paris and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world. But the onslaught of war changes everything and soon the de Witts find themselves sidelined and in danger of losing everything they hold dear.

Read by Katie Scarfe. 20 hours 38 minutes.

Wolitzer, Meg. The Interestings. 2014. General fiction. TB22691.

On a warm July night in 1974, six teenagers play at being cool. The friendships they make this summer will be the most important of their lives. But decades later not everyone can sustain in adulthood what had seemed so special in adolescence. As their fortunes tilt precipitously over the years, some of them dealing with great struggle, others enjoying wealth and success, friendships are put under the strain of envy and crushing disappointment against the backdrop of a changing America.

Contains swear words.

Read by Regina Reagan. 10 hours 38 minutes.

Zink, Nell. Mislaid. 2015. General fiction. TB22863.

The motionless deeps of the lake outside Stillwater College are being ruffled. Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, is determinedly fondling Peggy, an ingénue freshman with literary pretensions, in his canoe. So begins a long affair but the two are mismatched from the start. The story that follows rocks the boat in every sense. Mislaid explodes the nuclear family and topples every foundation of identity, black and white, gay and straight, 'normal' and very, very strange.

Read by Laurence Bouvard. 7 hours 58 minutes.

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