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Atwood, Margaret. The heart goes last. 2015. General fiction.
Positron: book 4. Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a 'social experiment' offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month, swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their 'Alternates', the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison.
UEB. 6v. Price: £18.99. Order No: 25460203
Benedict, A. K. Jonathan Dark, or, The evidence of ghosts. 2016. Crime.
Maria King knows a secret London. Born blind, she knows the city by sound and touch and smell. But surgery has restored her sight, only for her to find she doesn't want it. Jonathan Dark sees the shadowy side of the city. A DI with the Metropolitan Police, he is haunted by his failure to save a woman from the hands of a stalker. Now it seems the killer has set his sights on Maria, and is leaving her messages in the most gruesome of ways.
UEB. 5v. Price: £12.99. Order No: 25482803
Bolano, Roberto. By night in Chile. 2009. Literary fiction.
During the course of a single night, Father Sebastian Urrutia Lacroix, a Chilean priest, who is a member of Opus Dei, a literary critic and a mediocre poet, relives some of the crucial events of his life. He believes he is dying and in his feverish delirium various characters, both real and imaginary, appear to him as icy monsters, as if in sequences from a horror film. Thus we are given glimpses of the great poet Pablo Neruda, the German writer Ernst Junger, General Pinochet, whom Father Lacroix instructs in Marxist doctrine, as well as various members of the Chilean intelligentsia whose lives, during a period of political turbulence, have touched upon his.
UEB. 2v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25458803
Carr, Susanna. Let them talk. 2015. Erotic fiction.
A risqué book club inspires three women to be naughty. In "The Diary", Sydney Tate is writing a fictional erotic diary inspired by the town's mouthwateringly hot mayor, Matthew Stone. Then her "diary" disappears and suddenly Matthew is bringing all of Sydney's secret fantasies to life! In "Talk of the town", librarian Isabel Bennett is pulling out every trick in the book to tempt Sean Hawkins. The oh-so-sexy businessman is about to find out just how bad this good girl can be. In "Craving you", Laura Dawson is desperate to get her gorgeous neighbour, Connor Adams, into her bed. So she turns to an aphrodisiac cookbook to serve up the most tantalizing, irresistible dish Connor has ever seen herself.
Contains sex scenes.
UEB. 4v. Price: £3.63. Order No: 25419603
Claydon, Annie. Snowbound with the surgeon. 2014. Mills and Boon romance.
Fiercely independent Dr Neve Harrison won’t let the heavy snow stop her from treating patients; she just needs a little help getting there. Her knight -in-shining-armour is handsome, enigmatic Joe Lamont. Joe’s past is a well-guarded secret, but as the snow continues to fall, and they’re trapped in their wintry Yorkshire village with nowhere to hide, can Neve’s healing touch warm this scarred ex-army surgeon’s heart?
UEB. 3v. Price: £3.49. Order No: 25423103
Gale, Iain. Jackals' revenge. 2012. War fiction.
Peter Lamb: book 2. Peter Lamb and his men are halted in their retreat to England and forced to join the British forces holding the pass at Thermopylae. When they land in Crete, Lamb becomes suspicious of some of the civilians who, on fleeing from Greece, have taken cover with the Jackals. Yet he knows that facing the awesome German paratroopers for the first time, combined with the desperate battle to hold Crete at all costs, will force him to find a way to work alongside any support he is offered. His new troop will be made up of partisans, allied irregulars, including Evelyn Waugh, and Spanish volunteers.
UEB. 6v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25405307
Genova, Lisa. Still Alice. 2015. General fiction.
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.
UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25427203
Goodwin, Rosie. Dancing till midnight. 2006. Family stories.
Grace Collins, orphaned as a child, has been brought up by her severely religious aunt, Emily. Starved of love, she falls for the first man who shows her affection. Then she discovers the joy of ballroom dancing, and she meets Philip, who sweeps her off her feet and promises to show her a better way of life. But as he draws her into a web of deceit, she discovers that all that glitters is not gold.
UEB. 8v. Price: £5.99. Order No: 25427103
Greene, Vanessa. The Seafront Tea Rooms. 2014. Chick lit.
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.
UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25426703
Han, Kang. The vegetarian: a novel. 2015. Literary fiction.
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.
UEB. 3v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25548203
North, Freya. The turning point. 2016. Chick lit.
Frankie Shaw is a single mum in pursuit of a fresh start. Moving from London to a small town in Norfolk with her two teenage kids will do them all good, she thinks. But isolated and struggling with writer's block, she regrets her decision to move her family to a run-down town. When she meets Scott, a wary Canadian on a work trip, it seems to be a turning point. But fate has a twist in store and the real turning point comes when tragedy strikes.
Private: book 1. Former US Marine Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. In L.A., Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multimillion-dollar gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of eighteen schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer. And Jack doesn't have to play by the rules.
Private: book 2. For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private, the world's most exclusive detective agency, saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.
Private: book 3. When Sir Denton Marshall, a key member of the London Olympic organising committee, is found brutally murdered, Peter Knight, head of Private London, is called to the scene. Private are working with the organising committee on security for the Games, so Denton Marshall was a valuable client. It soon becomes clear that this is no isolated incident. The killer is targeting the Games itself, and the lives of everyone involved are under threat.
Private: book 4. Since former US Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world’s most successful detective agency. But when his former lover is found murdered in Jack’s bed, Jack is instantly the number one suspect. With his team stretched to breaking point and Jack fighting for his life, he finds himself strong-armed by the mob into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals, and Jack realises he is facing his most powerful enemies ever.
Private: book 7. Jack Morgan is having a bad week. His twin brother is up on a murder charge and determined to frame him for the crime, and one of Jack’s clients has just called to report the burnt bodies of four surfers on his beach. But what seems like a random mugging gone wrong soon reveals something far worse, a killer calling themselves No Prisoners is holding the city to ransom. And there’s more bad news: Hollywood’s golden couple, Thom and Jennifer Harlow, have been kidnapped, along with their adopted children.
UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25425203
Patterson, James. Private India. 2014. Thriller.
Private: book 8. Santosh Wagh heads Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world's finest PI agency. Someone is killing women, seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes. As Santosh and his team race to find the killer, an even greater danger faces Private India, a danger that could threaten the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.
Private: book 9. Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, the global PI agency of the rich and famous, is being pushed to the limit. His car has been firebombed, his ex is dating someone else, and his twin brother is still out to destroy him. Add to that Jack’s best friend being held on a trumped-up charge that could see him locked away for a very long time, and it seems like all bets are off.
Private: book 10. Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will investigate the disappearance of her father. After all, as CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric Moss shouldn't be difficult to find. Powerful figures want Moss to stay 'lost', while others just as ruthlessly want him found. Meanwhile, a routine background check becomes a frantic race to find a stolen baby and catch a brutal killer, a killer Private may well have sent straight to the victim's door.
UEB. 4v. Price: £18.99. Order No: 25426303
Powell, Anthony. At Lady Molly's. 2005. Classic.
A dance to the music of time: book 4. It is 1934 and Nick is working, without great success, as a script writer at a film company. He gets invited by a colleague, Chips Lovell, to a party at the home of Lady Molly Jeavons. There he learns that Widmerpool is to marry the twice widowed, somewhat notorious (somewhat insane according to Nick) Mrs. Mildred Haycock. Nick subsequently has to endure having to lunch with Widmerpool and fending-off questions from Widmerpool's prospective in-laws becomes, for Nick, a motif throughout the novel.
Selling more than 300,000 copies the first year it was published, Stowe's powerful abolitionist novel fuelled the fire of the human rights debate in 1852. Denouncing the institution of slavery in dramatic terms, the incendiary novel quickly draws the reader into the world of slaves and their masters. Stowe's characters are powerfully and humanly realized in Uncle Tom, a majestic and heroic slave whose faith and dignity are never corrupted; Eliza and her husband, George, who elude slave catchers and eventually flee a country that condones slavery; Simon Legree, a brutal plantation owner; Little Eva, who suffers emotionally and physically from the suffering of slaves; and fun-loving Topsy, Eva's slave playmate.
UEB. 10v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25537603
Wyld, Evie. All the birds, singing. 2013. General fiction.
Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep - every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags. It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake's unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colours and sounds.
UEB. 4v. Price: £16.99. Order No: 25429103
Keller, Helen. The story of my life. 2005.
This book, published when Keller was only twenty-two, portrays the wild child who is locked in the dark and silent prison of her own body. Keller reveals her frustrations and rage, and takes the reader on the journey of her education and breakthroughs into the world of communication. From the moment Keller recognizes the word “water” when her teacher finger-spells the letters, we share her triumph as “that living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!”
UEB. 5v. Price: £4.99. Order No: 25458703
Stark, Jaroslav F. Stark choices: a surgeon's story. 2016.
Czechoslovakia, 1968. Jarda Stark had a promising career as a heart surgeon ahead of him. His future seemed assured. But all was to change abruptly as the Russian tanks rolled in to crush the Prague Spring of 1968 and the family had a skin-of-their-teeth escape from the Communist authorities as they fled to the West. He soon found a place as a paediatric cardiac surgeon in the world-famous Great Ormond Street Hospital in London . He saved countless lives, received international honours and co-wrote a textbook regarded as a bible of paediatric cardiac surgery.
UEB. 6v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25566602
Gavin, James. Stormy weather: the life of Lena Horne. 2010.
Drawing on a wealth of unmined material and hundreds of interviews - one of them with Lena Horne herself - critically acclaimed author James Gavin gives us a portrait of the American icon. Horne broke down racial barriers in the entertainment industry in the 1940s and ’50s even as she was limited mostly to guest singing appearances in splashy Hollywood musicals. Incorporating insights from the likes of Ruby Dee, Tony Bennett, Diahann Carroll, and Bobby Short, Stormy Weather reveals the many faces of this luminous, complex, strong-willed, passionate, even tragic woman.
UEB. 14v. Price: £9.99. Order No: 25400303
Health and fitness
Doidge, Norman. The brain that changes itself: stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science. 2008.
Meet the ninety year old doctor, who, with the aid of a few simple exercises, is still practising medicine. His is just one of the incredible stories brain expert Norman Doidge tells as he reveals our brain's remarkable ability to repair itself through the power of positive thought. We also meet the stroke victim who unable to feed or dress himself learned to move and talk again, the woman with a rare brain condition that left her feeling as though she was perpetually falling but who through a series of exercises rewired her brain to overcome this and the maverick scientists over turning centuries of assumptions about the brain and it's capacity for renewal.
UEB. 9v. Price: £9.99. Order No: 25399603
Hobbies and games
Armstrong, Alexander. The very Pointless quiz book. 2014.
A collection of 100 of the finest questions from the hugely popular ratings-winning TV show 'Pointless'. Let hosts Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman guide you through the rounds with their trademark warmth and humour and battle it out against your friends and family for glory.
UEB. 2v. Price: £14.99. Order No: 25419403
Abelseth, Amanda. Universal truths manual: awaken to who you truly are and create your heaven on earth. 2015.
“Family of Light” was the name given to Amanda Abelseth by the many nonphysical beings she communicates with. The Universal Truths Manual is an extensive channelled curriculum, designed to trigger the knowing within you and awaken you to who you truly are. These powerful reprogramming lessons delve into the understandings of why you are here and as an awakened being – what you are here to do.
UEB. 5v. Price: £8.95. Order No: 25488602
Fenton, Sasha. Fortune telling by tarot cards. 2002.
A Tarot Reader for over a quarter of a century, Sasha Fenton wrote this book for the beginner, to quickly gain access to the secrets locked within the Tarot cards. Fully revised, updated and packed with fresh information for today's world, this book gives the novice an ideal introduction to the Tarot, while also providing the more experienced Reader with useful, practical tips as well.
UEB. 3v. Price: £8.99. Order No: 25561702
Carey, Kevin. At the foot of the cross: reflections for Good Friday. 2016.
Good Friday is a deeply agonising, moving, and yet essential part of the Christian calendar. How can we process the events that took place on that dark day? Kevin Carey invites us to reflect on the Stations of the Cross with words that can be used for personal devotion or liturgically.
UEB. 1v. Price: £6.99. Order No: 25559102
Songs of fellowship: Book 5 Words edition. 2011
Packed full of over 500 songs and hymns, the latest Songs of Fellowship songbook includes new songs from the world’s leading worship songwriters. Stuart Townend, Keith and Kristyn Getty, Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, Brenton Brown - they’re all included.
UEB. 6v. Price: £4.99. Order No: 25405803
Glass, Cathy. Saving Danny: trapped and alone in a dark and terrifying world, Danny doesn't understand why he must leave home. 2015.
Danny was petrified and trapped in his own dark world. He couldn't understand why his parents no longer loved or wanted him, and were sending him away. While Danny's parents have everything they could wish for in material terms, they are unable to care for their only child. This is where foster carer Cathy Glass comes in. On a cold dark evening Danny finds a place in her home where he can be himself; away from his parents' impatience and frustration. Cathy realises that patience is the key to looking after Danny as well as her well-tried strategies for managing children's behaviour.
UEB. 5v. Price: £7.99. Order No: 25426403
Warfare and defence
Ashdown, Paddy. The cruel victory: the French Resistance, D-Day and the Battle for the Vercors, 1944. 2014.
In 1941 factions of the French Resistance began to plot against their German occupiers. Aided by Allied arms and secret agents, they would seize the mountainous Vercors plateau in south-eastern France in a D-Day uprising intended to divert the Nazis from the Normandy beaches. But when muddled Allied strategy in London and Algiers left them abandoned, the 4,500 young fighters were left to face the might of the German Army alone. ‘The Cruel Victory’ gives voice to the young fighters who fought the largest Resistance battle of the war.