RNIB Giant Print Library (Adults)
Titles updated January 2009
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Giant Print titles (adults)
The psychic adventures of Derek Acorah : TV's number one
Derek Acorah tells of his experiences with the spirit world, from his
one-to-one readings and consultations to international
performances and renowned investigations for Living TV's
reputedly most haunted historical sites, included are exclusive
details of Derek's extraordinary communications with some of
Britain's more notorious spirits; a phenomenon often witnessed by
thousands of television viewers
-The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. (1)
On Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to
make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has
only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems
already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the
weekend has only just begun.
-The restaurant at the end of the universe. (2)
Accompanied by his good friend and guide Ford Prefect, Arthur
Dent continues his adventures through the Universe.
-Life, the universe and everything. (3)
Arthur Dent finds himself hurtling back to Lords Cricket Ground,
England, after several million years in a time eddy. He again meets
Marvin the Paranoid Android, and the infuriating Ford Prefect with
his unassailable philosophy on Life, the Universe and Everything.
-So long, and thanks for all the fish. (4)
Arthur Dent is 1437 light years away from Earth, sitting in a Saab.
He has just cracked his head on the door while climbing in. He
feels stupefied. Maybe it is because he has just laid eyes on the
first female of the species that he has seen in years, sitting in the
-Mostly harmless. (5)
It's very easy to get a little disheartened when your planet has
been blown up, the woman you love has vanished in a
misunderstanding about the nature of space/time and the
spaceship you are on crashes in flames on a remote planet.
However, instead of being disheartened, Arthur Dent makes the
terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life a bit and, immediately, all
hell breaks loose.
- White tiger
Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a chauffeur,
and takes him to live in Delhi. As he drives his master to shopping
malls and call centres, Balram becomes increasingly aware of
immense wealth and opportunity all around him, while knowing that
he will never be able to gain access to that world. As Balram
broods over his situation, he realizes that there is only one way he
can become part of this glamorous new India - by murdering his
- If you could see me now.
Elizabeth's sister Saoirse is a red-haired whirlwind, always leaving
behind pieces that Elizabeth struggles to pick up. One of these
pieces is Saoirse's 6-year-old son Luke, a quiet, contemplative
boy. When Luke is playing in Elizabeth's garden one day,
witnessing the latest scene between his mother and his aunt, a
friend named Ivan walks into his life. This unexpected and rather
mysterious friend will change Luke - but will have an even greater
impact on Elizabeth.
- A place called here.
Sandy is obsessed with missing things. Finding becomes her goal,
and she dedicates her life to finding missing people. But when she
herself goes missing, and stumbles upon the place - and people -
she's been looking for all of her life, will she be able to find her way
I know why the caged bird sings.
Growing up in the southern states of America in the 1920s was a
chancy business for a black child. The author and her brother
Bailey - who gave her the nickname "Maya", meaning "mine" - led
a varied, colourful and at times frightening existence, but her joy
Green days by the river.
A novel about a bout on the edge of adult responsibilities, this is
the story of Shell, a Trinidadian boy who moves to a new village
and meets two girls.
Jackson Brodie is making ends meet in a sweaty Cambridge
summer and trying to deal with his own failed marriage. But if his
life is adrift, perhaps Brodie can justify his existence via his belief
that he can do some good for the people he encounters in his job.
But he is to find that he will be irrevocably changed by those he is
trying to help.
Contains language and scenes of a sexual nature that some
readers may find offensive.
The handmaid’s tale.
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If
she deviates she will, like all dissenters, be hanged or sent out to
die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot
obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which
her future hangs.
Contains scenes that some readers may find offensive.
-The secret scripture
Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon
Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her
adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this
upheaval, she talks often with her psychiatrist Dr Grene, and their
relationship intensifies and complicates. Refracted through the
haze of memory and retelling, Roseanne's story becomes an
alternative, secret history of Ireland's changing character and the
story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and
yet marked still by love and passion and hope.
Cameron Colley is a journalist on an Edinburgh paper, on the brink
of uncovering the grandfather of all conspiracies; but while he's
researching a series of bizarre past deaths, the police are
investigating some that are still going on and Cameron, complicit
as he seems to be, may be able to help them with their enquiries.
Contains language that some readers may find offensive.
The wasp factory.
Sixteen year-old Frank has already killed three people, but was it
just a stage he was going through? Death and blood and gore fill
the pages of this novel, lightened by dark humour and surreal
Contains scenes of violence that some readers may find offensive.
BANKS, IAIN M.
It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a
Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate
if he makes it to the end of the year. Seconded to a military-
religious order he's barely heard of - part of the baroque hierarchy
of the Mercatoria - Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the
Dwellers. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years.
But with each day that passes a war draws closer - a war that
threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he's ever known.
If history is just a sick joke, then who exactly is telling it and why?
Could it be John Scogin, Edward IV's court jester, whose favourite
pastime was to burn people alive? Or is it Andrew Boarde, Henry
VIII's physician, who kindly wrote Scogin's biography? 'Darkmans'
is a very modern book, set in Ashford (a ridiculously modern town),
about two very old-fashioned subjects: love and jealousy. It's also
a book about invasion, obsession, displacement and possession,
about comedy, art, prescription drugs and chiropody. And the main
character? The past, which creeps up on the present and whispers
something quite dark -- quite unspeakable -- into its ear.
Set during the First World War, this highly acclaimed novel centres
on a real-life encounter that occurred at Craiglockhart in 1917
between W.H.R. Rivers, an army psychiatrist and Siegfried
The uncommon reader
It was the corgis' fault. When they strayed through the grounds of
Buckingham Palace, the Queen discovered the City of
Westminster travelling library. The Queen has never had much
time for reading. She is about to discover the joy of literature. One
book leads to another and the Queen is soon engrossed in the
delights of reading. However, this uncommon reader creates an
uncommon problem. The royal household dislikes the Queen's
new interest, it makes them uneasy because books are devices
that ignite the imagination.
BIG night out.
Edited by Jessica Adams.
Over 30 new short stories from bestsellers like Marian Keyes and
Candace Bushnell, and award-winners such as Patrick Neate, plus
party tips from celebs who really know how to have a good time....
BOYLAN, Clare and BRONTE, Charlotte.
When Charlotte Bronte died in 1855, she left behind the
beginnings of a new novel - twenty pages of a work in progress
called Emma. Now, almost 150 years later, Clare Boylan has
returned to this most intriguing of fragments, and turned them into
an astonishing story of mystery, atmosphere and page-turning
suspense. When Conway Fitzgibbon arrives at Fuchsia Lodge with
his daughter Matilda, the headmistress Miss Wilcox couldn't be
more delighted. The ladies' school is limited in numbers and eager
for new pupils, particularly ones so finely dressed, and boasting a
father who is 'quite the gentleman'. But as Christmas approaches,
and Miss Wilcox inquires about arrangements for the holidays, she
is in for a shock. Conway Fitzgibbon, like the address he left
behind, does not exist. So who is Matilda? With Miss Wilcox
unable to extract any information out of the girl, it falls to a local
lawyer, Mr Ellin, and a young widow, Isabel Chalfant, to unravel
the truth. What they discover is a tale that travels the highs and
lows of nineteenth-century England, an investigation that changes
all their lives forever ...
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are
forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even
so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books
hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire
Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by
helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy
society to preserve and read books.
A story of passionate love, travail and final triumph. The
relationship between the heroine and Mr Rochester is only one
episode, albeit the most important, in a detailed fictional
autobiography in which the author transmuted her own experience
into high art.
Set in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors, the story tells of the
relationship between Cathy and Heathcliffe.
The Da Vinci code.
Harvard Professor Robert Langton, visiting Paris, is called in when
the curator of the Louvre is murdered. Alongside the body is a
series of baffling ciphers. Langton and a gifted French cryptologist,
Sophie Neveu, are amazed to find a trail that leads to the works of
Da Vinci - and beyond.
BUJOLD, Lois McMaster.
The curse of Chalion.
Now humbled and seeking a menial position in the royal household
he once served as a page, Cazaril is stunned to be offered the
post of secretary to the Royesse Iselle, the beautiful, headstrong
sister to the heir to Chalion's throne, but his new assignment
brings unexpected dangers when he comes face to face with old
enemies and a sinister curse.
Postcards from no man's land.
Two craftily interwoven stories, separated by 50 years in time,
make up this emotionally and intellectually challenging novel. Set
in Holland, one story tells of the passionate love between a young
Dutch woman and Jacob Todd, a wounded English soldier. The
other story finds the English soldier's grandson visiting Amsterdam
for the commemoration of The Battle of Arnhem.
At 2.17 a.m. Myron Bolitar's mobile phone rings. It's Aimee Biel, a
frightened teenager who has called the one adult who had
promised to help her if she ever got into trouble. But Myron's help
proves not to be enough. Stumbling from his Manhattan bed, he
races down to pick up her up from a cold street corner and take
her back to safety. But against his better judgment - she persuades
him to drop her at an unknown address in the suburbs. This is a
mistake that he lives to regret, for Aimee Biel's final wave from a
darkened porch turns out to be the last time anyone will see her
Arthur thinks he's just another ordinary guy, getting up in the
morning to face another ordinary day in an ordinary town. But
today there's something different about Arthur, and his dull life
transforms as he sets out to win the heart of the enchanting
Gwyneth, at the same time as attempting to make Coventry the
European City of Culture.
Former FBI agent Rachel Walling is working a dead-end stint in
South Dakota when she gets the call she's been dreading for four
years. The Poet is back. And he has not forgotten Rachel. He has
a special present for her. Harry Bosch is adjusting to life in Las
Vegas as a private investigator and a new father. He gets a call,
too - from the widow of a friend who died recently. Previously in his
FBI career, the friend worked on the famous case tracking the killer
known as The Poet.
Safe in his arms.
Ninety per cent of what every cop hears is a lie. And Daniel Bishop
knows it. So hes surprised that he wants the beautiful Anise
Borden to be telling the truth. Anises soon-to-be ex was shot as
she hugged him goodbye, making Anise the prime suspect. If shes
guilty, its Bishops job to put her away. But as he starts building his
case, another body turns up. Is Anise a coldhearted killer? Or a
potential victim? He has to find out before its too late for Aniseand
DAVIES, Peter Ho.
The Welsh girl
It is Wales 1944 and Captain Rotheram, a Jewish refugee working
to interrogate the infamous captive, Rudolf Hess. In a prison
camp near a remote Snowdonian village, a young German soldier
wrestles with the shame of his surrender. And among the curious
locals is seventeen-year-old Esther Evans, who longs to
experience the wider world. When their
paths connect, all three will come to question their deepest
loyalties, as the war irrevocably alters the course of their lives.
The cold moon.
In the aftermath of two brutal New York City murders, quadriplegic
detective Lincoln Rhyme and his team work doggedly to prevent
additional killings by a time-obsessed serial murderer.
DE BERNIERES, Louis.
Captain Corelli's mandolin.
Set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during World War II, this is
the story of a beautiful young woman and her two suitors. Her
fiance, gentle fisherman turned ruthless guerrilla, and the charming
Captain Corelli, head of the Italian garrison on the island, a
consummate mandolin player. Can this second, fragile love
survive the bestial savagery of war?
The inheritance of loss.
At the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, lives an
embittered old judge who wants nothing more than to retire in
peace. But with the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, and
his cook's son trying to stay a step ahead of US immigration
services, this is far from easy. When a Nepalese insurgency
threatens Sai's blossoming romance with her handsome tutor they
are forced to consider their colliding interests. The judge must
revisit his past, his own journey and his role in this grasping world
of conflicting desires every moment holding out the possibility for
hope or betrayal.
-A Christmas Carol.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a heartless old miser who doesn't enjoy
Christmas and doesn't think anyone else should, either. But, one
Christmas Eve, some ghostly visitors take Scrooge on a journey
that changes his mind for ever.
This novel charts Pip's progress from childhood to adulthood and
the extraordinary characters he encounters, showing the danger of
being driven by a desire for wealth and social status. This edition
uses the text of the Clarendon edition.
Charles Dickens gives us a close-up look into what appears to be
the ivory tower of the bourgeoisie of his day, yet these middle-
class characters are viewed from a singular perspective, the
perspective of those at the bottom of the social and economic
My fabulous divorce.
Jackie Ball knows that happiness is hard to find, so when Dan
Lewis jogs into her life with his skin-tight shorts and sexy smile
things start to look up. One night he presents Jackie with a
diamond ring and suggests he trade in his BMW for a people
carrier. But there's a fly in the ointment - her first husband Henry.
As far as Jackie's concerned, their marriage is well and truly over,
so she engages the services of a solicitor and sets about moving
on. But Henry has some old scores to settle and the divorce
papers hitting the dog-haired mat are just the excuse he needs. It's
not that he still loves her, but Jackie walked out on him without
even leaving a note and now he wants to know why...
DOYLE, Arthur Conan.
The hound of the Baskervilles.
The Baskerville family is haunted by a phantom beast "with blazing
eyes and dripping jaws" which roams the mist-enshrouded moors
around the isolated Baskerville Hall on Dartmoor. Is this devilish
spectre the manifestation of a family curse? Only Sherlock Holmes
can solve this affair.
Paddy Clarke ha, ha, ha.
Paddy Clarke is ten in 1968 and loves George Best, Geronimo and
the smell of his hot water bottle. He hates zoos, kissing and boys
from the Corporation houses and his brother. He knows that his
mother is crying, that Da leaves the house in silence, but he
doesn't know why...
DU MAURIER, Daphne.
-Don't look now and other stories.
John and Laura have come to Venice to try and escape the pain of
their young daughter's death. But when they encounter two old
women who claim to have second sight, they find that, instead of
laying their ghosts to rest, they become caught up in a train of
increasingly strange and violent events.
-The birds and other stories.
The birds become hostile after a harsh winter with little food - first
the seagulls, then birds of prey, and finally even small birds - all
turn against mankind.
Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her
place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France,
she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden
proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but
whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding
Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And
the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the
forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers.
The little prisoner: how a childhood was stolen and a trust
An inspirational true story of a four-year-old girl who fell into the
power of a man whose evil knew no bounds. She encountered
terrifying mental and physical torture from her psychopathic
stepfather for a period of 17 years until she managed to break free,
her spirit still unbroken.
ELLORY, R. J.
A quiet belief in angels
1939. In the small, rural community of Augusta Falls, twelve-year-
old Joseph Vaughan hears of the brutal assault and murder of a
young girl, the first in a series of killings that will blight the
community over the next decade. Joseph and his friends are
determined to protect Augusta Falls against the evil in their midst
and form The Guardians. But the murderer evades them and they
watch helplessly as one child after another is taken. Fifty years
later, Joseph must confront the nightmare that has overshadowed
his entire life.
"Chart throb" is the ultimate pop quest. Ninety five thousand
hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner. And that's Colin Simms,
the genius behind the show. Colin always wins because Colin
writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgement he
has no idea that the rules are changing. The 'real' is about to be
put back into 'reality' television and Colin and his fellow judges are
about to become ex-factors themselves!
The war on drugs has been lost for want of courage to admit that
the world is becoming a vast criminal network. From pop stars and
princes to crack whores and street kids, we are all partners in
crime. This collection of interconnected stories travels through the
kaleidoscope world created by law.
With old friends like these, who needs enemies? It's a question
detective Edward Newson is forced to ask himself having in
romantic desperation logged on to the Friends Reunited website
searching for girlfriends from his past. Meanwhile, back in the
present, Newson is secretly in love with Natasha, his lovely but
very attached sergeant, and completely failing to solve a series of
baffling and gruesome murders. When a school reunion is
planned, history begins to repeat itself.
The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather in Dublin for
the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that
killed him - although that certainly helped - it was what happened
to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968.
His sister Veronica was there then, as she is now: keeping the
dead man company, just for another little while.....
Lean mean thirteen
New secrets, old flames and hidden agendas are about to send
bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure
Odd one out.
Some are born odd, some achieve oddness, and some are just in
the wrong place at the wrong time. The Devon family's a good
example: there's 39 year old Glenn, whose main interest in life is
rubbish collection; his mother, Bel, who teaches tap steps to eight
year olds but acts as if she's running the Kirov; and his sister,
Netta, who spent her early life simply being considered mad by
association. Which is why she's dreading six weeks back in their
company, helping them move house.
Amiens, 1910, and young Stephen Wraysford has been sent by his
employer to study the textile trade. His host, Azaire, is a
prosperous manufacturer. Stephen and Isabelle, Azaire's second
wife, are immediately aware of a bond between them which
oversteps any considerations of propriety. The Somme, 1916, and
Stephen is now a lieutenant in the British Army, lonely and
brooding and France has become a bloody battlefield. In 1978 a
woman finds a diary and begins to relive the horrors of trench
warfare with the writer.
Contains scenes of a sexual nature that some readers may find
- Devil may care (Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming).
Dr Julius Gorner is a name that will become seared into James
Bond's consciousness. The name of a man who knows no master
but his own power-crazed ego, whose wealth is exceeded only by
his greed and who will stop at nothing until he has destroyed the
very heart of Britain. A Savage execution in the desolate outskirts
of Paris sets in motion a chain of events designed to lead only to
global catastrophe, as a tide of lethal narcotics threatens to engulf
Sixties Britain, a British airliner goes missing over Iraq and the
thunder of coming war echoes around the Middle East. Bond finds
a willing accomplice in the shape of a glamorous Parisian called
Scarlet Papava. He will need all her help in a life-and-death
struggle with his most dangerous adversary yet - a man who would
dance with the Devil himself.
Contains swear words Contains violence
Then we came to the end
They spend their days - and too many of their nights - at work.
Away from friends and family, they share a stretch of stained
carpet with a group of strangers they call colleagues. There's Chris
Yop, clinging to his ergonomic chair; Lynn Mason, the boss, whose
breast cancer everyone pretends not to talk about; Carl Garbedian,
secretly taking someone else's medication; Marcia Dwyer, whose
hair is stuck in the eighties; and Benny, who's just - well, just
Benny. Amidst the boredom, redundancies, water cooler moments,
meetings, flirtations and pure rage, life is happening, to their great
surprise, all around them. This book is about sitting all morning
next to someone you cross the road to avoid at lunch. It's the story
When Julia breaks off her engagement to boringly safe Oscar, she
decides to go for a complete change of life, as cook on a narrow
boat. But even afloat, Julia's past catches up with her and she
must contend with not only Oscar and his awful mother but also
the arrival of the enigmatic Fergus.
Will Anna's grand designs prove just a pipe dream? Anna, a newly
qualified interior designer, has decided it's time to put her money
and her expertise where her mouth is. She's risked everything on
buying a tiny but adorable cottage, so she can renovate it, sell it
on, and prove to her family that she can earn her own living.
Outside, the chocolate-box cottage is perfect, but inside all is
chaos: with a ladder for a staircase, no downstairs flooring,
candles the only form of lighting and a sleeping bag and camping
mat for a bed, Anna's soon wondering whether she's bitten off
more than she can chew. Her neighbour Chloe comes to the
rescue, providing tea, wine and sympathy - and a recently rescued
greyhound, Caroline. But, just as Anna's starting to believe she's
found the perfect idyll, the good-looking yet impossible Rob Hunter
arrives on the scene, putting up more obstacles than the Grand
National. Can Anna get over all of life's hurdles?
The billionaire's virgin mistress.
Tess Ritchie has always been led to believe she has no family, so
it comes as a shock when Cade Lormimer shows up, claiming that
she is heiress to a fortune. Tess reluctantly steps into his world of
glitz and flamour, then willingly into his bed. But where can their
jet-set affair end? For he is a hardened playboy and she is his
- Bridget Jones's diary. (1)
A dazzling urban satire of modern human relations? An ironic,
tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the
confused ramblings of a drunk thirty-something? This book is an
evocation of the life of a single girl, written with wit and humour.
Contains language that some readers may find offensive.
- Bridget Jones: the edge of reason. (2)
Bridget Jones: The Sequel! Find out what happens between
Bridget and Mark Darcy- is it all plain sailing? Remember, this is
Bridget Jones we're talking about! Anything could happen! And it
Contains language that some readers may find offensive.
FITZGERALD, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby
Set against a background of Long Island glamour and New York
squalor, this is the story of a mysterious financier's passion for a
young lady, and a tale of adultery and murder.
At the casino in Deauville, Bond's game is baccarat, for stakes that
run into millions of francs. But away from the discreet salons, it's
007 versus one of Russia's most powerful and ruthless agents.
M called this case a soft option. Bond can't quite agree. The
tropical island is luxurious, the seductive Honey Rider is beautiful
and willing. But they are both part of the empire of Dr No. His
obsession is power, and his gifts are pain-shaped.
The diary of a young girl. (Non-fiction)
In July 1942, thirteen year old Anne Frank and her family fled from
the horrors of Nazi occupation, and went into hiding in an
Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly
describes in her diary the frustration of living in such confined
In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live there is little
evidence of World War II, but the two friends suspect that the
inhabitants of the Close are not what they seem. As Keith informs
his trusting friend, the whole district is riddled with secret passages
and underground laboratories.
-Killing me softly.
Alice Loudon seems to have everything: close friends, a loving
boyfriend, a successful career. Then one day she meets a stranger
while crossing the street and - impulsively, immediately - abandons
her old, safe life for a passionate affair. It leads her into a dark,
dangerous realm of eroticism and extreme experience that both
entices and alarms her. Adam Tallis, heroic survivor of a
disastrous mountaineering expedition, takes her into a world of risk
and transgression, but love and sexual obsession overwhelm her
until they threaten everything: her safety, her sanity, and, finally,
You meet a man -You have an affair - You finish it and you think
it's over - You're dead wrong - It's only just beginning ...
Notes from an exhibition
Gifted artist Rachel Kelly is a whirlwind of creative highs and
anguished, crippling lows. She's also something of an enigma to
her husband and four children. So when she is found dead in her
Penzance studio, leaving behind some extraordinary new
paintings, there's a painful need for answers. Her Quaker husband
appeals for information on the internet. The fragments of a
shattered life slowly come to light, and it becomes clear that
bohemian Rachel has left her children not only a gift for art - but
also her haunting demons.
The Beach is a legend among young travellers in Asia. In this
earthly paradise, it is rumoured, a select community lives in blissful
innocence. For Richard, haunted by the glamour of Vietnamese
war movies, a trek into unknown Thai territory is irresistible. When
Richard flies to Thailand he learns of the mysterious beach from a
man who subsequently commits suicide. Teaming up with a young
French couple, they set off to find it.
My legendary girlfriend.
A weekend in the life of struggling teacher Will Kelly, still in love
with The One and desperately seeking for An-Other One, and his
discovery that with a phone call, friends can lift you up from the
Sea of poppies
At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an
old slaving-ship, The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage
across the Indian Ocean, its crew a motley array of sailors and
stowaways, coolies and convicts. Fate has thrown together a truly
diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a
widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a
mulatto American freedman. As their old family ties are washed
away they, like their historical counterparts, come to view
themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship-brothers. An unlikely dynasty is
born, which will span continents, races and generations.
GLASS, Linzi Alex
In Ruby Winters' world, colour opens some doors and slams others
shut. Her opulent Johannesburg neighbourhood is a far cry from
the streets of Soweto where anger and hatred simmer under the
surface. Ruby can't resist the blue-eyed Afrikaans boy who brings
her the exciting rush of first love, but whose presence brings
hushed whispers and disapproving glances. She might not see
race, colour or creed - but it seems everybody else does...
Lord of the flies.
A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group
of schoolboys, assemble on a beach and wait to be rescued. By
day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas,
but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying
beast. As the boys' delicate order fades, so their childish fears are
transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour
starts to take on a murderous, savage significance.
The clothes on their backs.
In a red brick mansion block off the Marylebone Road, Vivien, a
sensitive, bookish girl grows up sealed off from both past and
present by her timid refugee parents. Then one morning a
glamorous uncle appears, dressed in a mohair suit, with a diamond
watch on his wrist and a girl in a leopard-skin hat on his arm. Why
is Uncle Sandor so violently unwelcome in her parents' home? Set
against the backdrop of a London from the 1950s to the present
day, this is a novel about the clothes we choose to wear, the
personalities we dress ourselves in, and about how they define us
Julia and Mark are stuck in a loveless relationship. Julia thinks a
baby will help. Maeve is totally allergic to commitment. A one-
night-stand results in an unwanted pregnancy. Samantha is
besotted with her new-born baby. But how is her husband coping
with his suddenly unavailable wife?
The secret river.
Set in 1807. William Thornhill, happily wedded to his childhood
sweetheart Sal, is a waterman on the River Thames. Then William
makes a bad mistake for which he and his family are made to pay
dearly. His sentence: to be transported to New South Wales for the
term of his natural life.
Contains language that some readers may find offensive.
In his final hours in the Oval Office the outgoing President grants a
controversial last minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious
Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden
away in a federal prison.
Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the
United States. He is also eccentric, confined to a wheelchair, and
looking for a way to die. His heirs are circling like vultures... Nate
O'Riley is a high-octane Washington litigator who's lived too hard,
for too long. He is emerging from his fourth stay in rehab... Rachel
Lane is a young woman who chose to give her life to God, who
walked away from the modern world and went to work with a
primitive tribe of Indians in the jungles of Brazil... Their lives are
forever altered by the startling secret of The Testament.
About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a
hot-shot young banker, is sent to help one of his firms most
important and mysterious clients. When asked to un-crate and
organise a personal library of rare books, Edward's indignation
turns to intrigue as he realises that among the volumes there may
be hidden a unique medieval codex, a treasure kept sealed away
for many years and for many reasons. Edward's intrigue becomes
an obsession that only deepens as friends draw him into a peculiar
and addictive computer game, as mystifying parallels between the
game's virtual reality and the legend of the codex emerge...
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time.
This is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and
narrator, is Christopher Boone, who is fifteen and has Asperger's,
a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and
very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the
truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched.
He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but
when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a
terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
Contains language that some readers may find offensive.
The reluctant fundamentalist.
At a cafe table in Lahore, a Pakistani man begins the tale that has
led to his fateful meeting with an uneasy American stranger...
Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. He thrives on
the energy of New York, his work at an elite firm, and his budding
relationship. For a time, it seems that nothing will stand in the way
of his meteoric rise to success. But in the wake of September 11,
Changez finds his relationship crumbling and his exalted status
overturned. Allegiances are subsequently unearthed, proving
themselves more fundamental than money, power and maybe
Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
Tess is driven by her poverty into the service of her wealthy
relations. Her lowly position leads her to become the victim of her
cousin, Alec, her seducer and nemesis. When she marries Angel
Clare, she confesses her past, but Clare is unforgiving and cruelly
leaves her to face her destiny alone.
The northern clemency
Set in Sheffield, this epic charts the relationship between two
families: Malcolm and Katherine Glover and their three children;
and their neighbours the Sellers family, newly arrived from London
so that Bernie can pursue his job with the Electricity Board. The
day the Sellers move in there is a crisis across the road: Malcolm
Glover has left home, convinced his wife is having an affair. The
consequences of this rupture will spread throughout the lives of
both couples and their children, in particular 10-year-old Tim
Glover, who never quite recovers from a moment of his mother's
public cruelty and the amused taunting of 15-year-old Sandra
Sellers, childhood crises that will come to a head twenty years
later. In the background, England is changing: from a
manufacturing and industrial based economy into a new world of
shops, restaurants and service industries, a shift particularly
marked in the North with the miners' strike of 1984, which has a
dramatic impact on both families.
The secret of Crickley Hall.
Crickley Hall lies in Devil's Cleave, a large, grim and somewhat
foreboding place that is rumoured to hold a secret. Despite some
reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this
beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come
to terms with what's happened to them as a family. But all is not
well with the house. They hear unaccountable noises. A cellar door
they shut every night is always open again in the morning. They
see things that cannot be real. The house is the last place the
Caleighs should have come to, for the terror that unfolds is beyond
belief. Soon they will discover the secret horror of Crickley Hall . . .
If only they could talk.
When newly qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small
Yorkshire village of Darrowby, he has no idea what to expect. How
will he get on with his new boss? Herriot's books form the basis of
the popular BBC TV series "All Creatures Great and Small".
The looked after kid.
A true story of Paolo Hewitt's deeply moving tale of his life in care
during the 70's. Often humours, perceptive and entertaining, this is
the book about chance and luck, promises and anger, loyalty
amongst friends, love amongst the loveless.
Contains language that some readers may find offensive
I’m the king of the castle
Used to roaming alone through the large house in which he lives
with his father, Edmund, aged 11, bitterly resents the arrival of the
new housekeepers son and sets about ridding himself of the
intruder with malicious relentlessness.
John Hilliard, a subaltern returning to the Western Front after a
period of sick leave back in an England blind to the horrors of the
trenches, finds his battalion tragically altered. His commanding
officer finds escape in alcohol, there is a new adjutant and even
Hilliard's batman has been killed.
On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to
find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it.
All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before
moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however,
Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, and
promises that through her she will learn more. Arriving in Plaka,
Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone's throw from the tiny,
deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony.
About a boy.
Will doesn't want children and can't see why everyone keeps
recommending them, but he likes single mothers, especially if they
look like Julie Christie. As a result he gets involved in a single
parents' group and invents a two year old son whose absence
needs constant explanations.
A thousand splendid suns.
Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry the
troubled and bitter Rasheed, who is thirty years her senior. Nearly
two decades later, in a climate of growing unrest, tragedy strikes
fifteen-year-old Laila, who must leave her home and join Mariam's
unhappy household. Laila and Mariam are to find consolation in
each other, their friendship to grow as deep as the bond between
sisters, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. With
the passing of time comes Taliban rule over Afghanistan, the
streets of Kabul loud with the sound of gunfire and bombs, life a
desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear, the
women's endurance tested beyond their worst imaginings. Yet love
can move a person to act in unexpected ways, lead them to
overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism. In
the end, it is love that triumphs over death and destruction.
Tom Brown's schooldays.
A classic of Victorian literature, and one of the earliest books
written specifically for boys, Tom Brown's Schooldays has long
had an influence well beyond the middle-class, public school world
that it describes.
Brave new world.
Written in 1932, when the Western world was poised on the brink
of social and scientific revolution, this novel is Huxley's nightmare
vision of the future.
HYLAND, M. J.
Carry me down.
A story that at its heart examines an adolescent's difficulties
navigating the world. John Egan is a misfit - a twelve-year-old in
the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant - who diligently
keeps track of the lies large and small that are told to him. With a
keenly inquisitive mind and a kind of faith, John remains hopeful
despite the unfavourable cards life deals him. John is sensitive to
the vibrations within himself and the trouble that this creates for
him and his family, and when his sanity reaches near collapse, a
frightening family catastrophe threatens to destroy them.
Martin Johnson : the autobiography. (Non-fiction)
Martin Johnson has achieved all there is to achieve in rugby since
making his England debut in 1992. He has captained his club,
Leicester, to all the major honours, winning four successive league
titles and two European cups; he's led England with huge success,
including the 2003 Grand Slam, winning 74 caps by May 2003 and
captaining the British Lions on two tours. In this autobiography he
looks at how the sport has changed since going professional in
1995 and the issues this has raised.
It is Bougainville in 1991 - a small village on a lush tropical island
in the South Pacific. Eighty-six days have passed since Matilda's
last day of school as, quietly, war is encroaching from the other
end of the island. When the villagers' safe, predictable lives come
to a halt, Bougainville's children are surprised to find the island's
only white man, a recluse, re-opening the school. Pop Eye, aka Mr
Watts, explains he will introduce the children to Mr Dickens.
Matilda and the others think a foreigner is coming to the island and
prepare a list of much needed items. They are shocked to
discover their acquaintance with Mr Dickens will be through Mr
Watts' inspiring reading of "Great Expectations". But on an island
at war, the power of fiction has dangerous consequences and
imagination and beliefs are challenged by guns.
Someone like you.
Emma, Leonie and Hannah all want just one thing in life and then
they'll happy. For just-married Emma, happiness means escaping
the control of her domineering father and conceiving a much
longed-for child with her beloved husband. For Leonie, divorced
mother of three teenagers, it means finding the true love that was
missing from her ten-year marriage. And for Hannah, striking out
alone after the man she loved abandoned her, it means
independence and security.
Contains language that some readers may find offensive.
-The secret dreamworld of a shopaholic.
From the outside, it looks as if Rebecca Bloomwood has
everything. She's a financial journalist, confident, single and
happily living in Fulham. A debut novel of love, credit cards and
spending sprees - the ultimate retail therapy.
- Shopaholic and baby.
Becky's life is blooming! She's working at London's newest fashion
store The Look, house-hunting with husband Luke (her secret wish
is a Shoe Room)... and she's pregnant! She couldn't be more
overjoyed - especially since discovering that shopping cures
morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby:
from the designer nursery... to the latest, coolest pram... to the
celebrity, must-have obstetrician. But when the celebrity
obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke's glamorous,
intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky's perfect world starts to crumble.
She's shopping for two... but are there three in her marriage?
- Shopaholic and sister
Rebecca Bloomwood is now happily married to Luke Brandon, and
all her problems seem to be at an end. But suddenly into her life
steps...a sister, of whose existence Becky had hitherto been
completely unaware. Becky is only too anxious to welcome her into
the bosom of the family. But there is only one snag - she HATES
shopping. She is the antithesis of the shopaholic. It all makes for
some very difficult family relationships...
-The undomestic goddess.
After making a mistake that will ruin a chance of a partnership,
attorney Samantha Sweeting suffers a breakdown, gets on a train,
and ends up in the middle of nowhere, where she is mistakenly
hired as a housekeeper.
Life on the refrigerator door.
Beautifully told through notes left on their kitchen fridge, this is an
intimate portrait of the relationship between a hard-working mother
and her teenage daughter. Stunningly sad but ultimately uplifting, it
is about being a 'good mother' or a 'good daughter', and is a
reminder of how much can be said in so few words, if only we
made the time to say them.
The Whitsun weddings.
A collection of poems from a "tenderly observant" poet who writes
about what all of us can understand. The title poem describes the
poet's journey by train from Hull to London, using the tones and
rhythms of ordinary speech and focusing on the urban landscape
of the industrial north.
The virgin and the gypsy
Set in a small village in the English countryside, this is the story of
a secluded, sensitive rector's daughter who yearns for meaning
beyond the life to which she seems doomed. When she meets a
handsome young gipsy whose life appears different from hers in
every way, she is immediately smitten and yet still paralyzed by
her own fear and social convention. Not until a natural catastrophe
suddenly, miraculously sweeps away the world as she knew it
does a new world of passion open for her.
To kill a mockingbird.
Told with humour and drama through the eyes of an eight year old
girl, and set in a sleepy town in South Alabama during the great
depression in the 1930s, this is a multi-layered story which
dissects the white and black communities of the American South.
Cider with Rosie.
Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the
place, this memoir is about the authors childhood in a remote
Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless
place on the verge of change.
Call of the wild.
Buck (a dog) goes through many lives, trials, and tribulations finally
realizing his potential. On the way he learns many concepts from
surprise, to deceit, and cunning, loyalty, devotion, and love. As he
is growing he feels the call of the wild.
The smartly painted exterior of the City Community Faith School
hides a disturbing secret. Behind its walls, one thousand girls are
forced to labour in the city's laundry, separated from their families
and deprived of their freedom. One of these girls is Little Fearless,
a courageous and indomitable spirit who never gives up hope that
one day they will be rescued. Unafraid of the punishment she will
face, Little Fearless escapes the institute to tell her story to the
world. But why does nobody believe she is telling the truth?
MCCALL SMITH, Alexander.
The girl who married a lion.
From animal fables to mysterious forces residing in the landscape,
this collection demonstrates the wealth and variety of African folk
tales and the particular magic of Africa's spiritual roots.
Angela’s ashes: a memoir of a childhood.
In this memoir Frank McCourt tells of his first eighteen years
growing up in New York in the 1930s and Ireland in the 1940s. It is
story of hunger, poverty and social deprivation - too many children,
too little money, his mother barely coping as his father's drinking
bouts brought the family close to disaster. But it is also about the
celebration of the human spirit, laughter and human kindness.
-The child in time.
Stephen Lewis, a successful author of children's books, takes his
3-year-old daughter on a routine Saturday morning trip to the
supermarket. While waiting in line, his attention is distracted and
his daughter is kidnapped. From there, Lewis spirals into
bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his
psyche and time itself.
-On Chesil Beach.
It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that
morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their
rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding
night to come.
The rose of Sebastopol
In 1855 Rosa Barr, a headstrong young woman, travels to the
Crimea, against the wishes of her family, determined to work as a
nurse. She does not return. Three people have been intimately
connected with her. One, her brother, a soldier and adventurer; the
second a doctor, traumatized by the war, and harbouring a secret
passion, and the third, Mariella, her cousin and childhood friend,
who must now uncover the truth about what has happened to the
missing nurse. Mariella's epic journey takes her from the domestic
quiet of London to the foothills of Italy, and on to the ravaged
Russian landscape of the Crimea, where she must discover what
has happened to her captivating and mysterious cousin and
uncover the secrets of those who loved her.
Nick Stone's future has never looked as bleak. The only person
he's ever loved is dead. The only people who might give him a
reason not to join her have turned their backs. Until a chance
encounter with a man he saved ten years ago appears to throw
him a lifeline... But on the streets of Baghdad, a simple quest
becomes a journey to the heart of a chilling conspiracy; too late, he
realizes that he is being used as bait - to lure into the open a man
he believes can offer some salvation, but whom the darker forces
of the West will stop at nothing to destroy...
Recuperating in Switzerland after a job that cost the life of one of
his closest friends, ex-deniable operator Nick Stone is looking for a
quiet life. But when his private life starts to disintegrate, Nick is
reluctantly forced back into action. The trail leads him to Africa and
the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it isn't long before
his dark past comes knocking on his door.
Wicked : the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West.
An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells
the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so
wicked after all.
MAH, Adeline Yen.
Chinese Cinderella: the secret story of an unwanted daughter.
The story of a Chinese woman and how she suffered appalling
emotional deprivation and rejection by her family, as a child
growing up in China and Hong Kong. She tells of the
consequences in her adult life, which she rose above to make a
happy marriage and become a successful doctor in the USA.
Falling for you.
Maddy Harvey was a bit of an ugly duckling as a teenager, what
with her N.H.S. specs, unfortunate hair and wonky teeth.
Thankfully she's blossomed since then.
In the country of men.
On a white-hot day in Tripoli in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old
Suleiman is shopping in the market square with his mother. His
father is away on business - but Suleiman is sure he has just seen
him, standing across the street. Why doesn't he come over when
he knows Suleiman's mother is falling apart? Whispers intensify
around Suleiman as his friend's father disappears and his mother
frantically burns his father's books. As Suleiman begins to wonder
whether his father has gone for good, it feels as if the walls of his
home will break with the secrets held within.
A view from the bridge/ All my sons.
A play dealing with the problem of illegal immigration into America.
The presence of two Italian immigrants brings to the surface the
hidden tensions within an American family, and leads to eventual
MITCHELL, Dreda Say.
Schoolboy Campbell (actually a black man aged twenty-nine) is
trying to turn his life around after a long spell of petty crime and
prison. He's learned how to cook, and a mate has promised him a
job in a new restaurant down in sunny, peaceful Devon. There's
one proviso: Schoolboy has to take his own set of knives. How can
he possibly afford such a luxury? He will not housebreak or deal
drugs again. But when he finds a mobile phone on a dead man,
Schoolboy is tempted. The only problem is, when he tries to fence
it, he finds two separate gangs of very unpleasant people are after
Anne of Green Gables.
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a
lonely middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island
farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone
When their mum and dad die, Tully and his little brother only have
each other. They are sent to a Children's Home. The other kids
make fun of them. But Tully has an amazing talent which will win
him a place in history.
MORGAN, Richard K.
Takeshi Kovacs has come home. Home to Harlan's world. An
ocean planet with only 5 per cent of its landmass poking above the
dangerous and unpredictable seas. Embarked on a journey of
implacable retribution for a lost love, Kovacs is blown off course
and into a maelstrom of political intrigue and technological mystery
as the ghosts of Harlan's world and his own violent past rise to
claim their due. Quellcrist Falconer is back from the dead, they
say, and hunting her down for the first families is a savage young
envoy called Kovacs who's been in storage.
Spring and port wine
This play tells of a well-meaning father with firm principles, who
learns some truths in painful clashes with his family
The secret life of a slummy mummy
For Lucy Sweeney, motherhood isn't all astanga yoga and Cath
Kidston prints. It has been years since the dirty washing pile was
less than a metre high, months since Lucy remembered to have
sex with her husband, and a week since she last did the school run
wearing pyjamas. When Husband on a Short Fuse is no contest for
the distractions of Sexy Domesticated Dad; Yummy Mummy No 1
has more cash flow than parenting advice; and Alpha Mum is
putting a slur on your questionable domestic habits, it's hard to
remember exactly why anyone would give up a career and their
sanity for three raucous sons and less than blissful domesticity.
Lucy is living in a state of permanent emergency and the white lies
to cover up the trail of chaos and illicit desire are about to be
-Does anything eat wasps? And 101 other questions.
How long can I live on beer alone? Why do people have
eyebrows? Has nature invented any wheels? Every year, readers
send in thousands of questions to "New Scientist", the world's
best-selling science weekly, in the hope that the answers to them
will be given in the 'Last Word' column - regularly voted the most
popular section of the magazine.
-Why don't penguins' feet freeze? And 114 other questions.
This book includes recent answers never before published in book
form, as well as old favourites from the columns early days.
The time traveler’s wife.
This is the story of Henry and Clare, who have known each other
since Clare was 6 and Henry was 36 and were married when Clare
was 20 and Henry 28. This is possible only because Henry is one
of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder:
periodically his genetic clock resets and he flashes to other points
Contains language that some readers may find offensive.
Fen works in the archive section of Trust Art housed in one of the
corridors in the Tate Gallery. She is hoping to trace a piece of art
stolen in the 1930s and simultaneously decide between two men.
She can't decide which one would love her more.
This novel is a satire on the horrors of totalitarianism. The book is
set in a society run by Big Brother where people are made to
conform to orthodoxy by the Thought Police. Winston Smith yearns
for truth and liberty, but he comes to realize that he cannot outwit
the forces at work.
-Man and boy.
Harry Silver has it all: a beautiful wife, a wonderful son, a great job
in the media - but in one night he throws it all away. Then Harry
must start to learn what life and love are really all about.
Contains language that some readers may find offensive.
-Man and wife.
Harry Silver is learning how to be a good father to his son Pat, who
lives with his first wife, Gina, and to Cyd's daughter, Peggy, who
lives with him and Cyd. But did he commit to a new relationship too
soon and can he keep his more complicated life on the rails?
Tamar : a story of secrecy and survival.
A story about love, betrayal and belonging. When Tamar's
grandfather, an intensely private man, falls from a balcony to his
death, he leaves behind a box with Tamar's name on it. For a long
time Tamar refuses even to think about it...until one day she opens
it to reveal a series of clues and hidden messages from her
grandfather. She and her cousin Johannes follow the clues and
discover that her name also belonged to someone else over half a
century before; someone involved in the terrifying world of
resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland during the Second
- A child called ‘It’. (1)
Dave Pelzer's story is the story of a child brutally beaten and
starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother, a mother
who played tortuous, unpredictable games - games that left one of
her sons nearly dead. The outside world knew nothing of the
nightmare played out behind closed doors. But throughout Dave
kept alive dreams of finding a family to love him, care for him, call
him their son.
- The lost boy. (2)
Dave Pelzer describes his life in foster care. He moves through
five different homes and describes his heart-rending encounters
with other foster parents and children, some of whom resent his
presence, some of whom help him. Through it all he is pursued by
his mother. Eventually he finds a life for himself, having come to
terms with the terrible things inflicted on him. Contains violence
- A man named Dave. (3)
This book 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.
Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing
ever happens - until a student enters the local high school with an
arsenal of guns and starts shooting, changing the lives of everyone
inside and out. The daughter of the judge sitting on the case
should be the state's best witness - but with her boyfriend dead
and her childhood friend charged with murder, she's struggling to
remember what happened in front of her own eyes.
Arch-swindler Moist Van Lipwig never believed his confidence
crimes were hanging offenses -- until he found himself with a
noose tightly around his neck, dropping through a trapdoor, and
falling into ... a government job? By all rights, Moist should have
met his maker. Instead, it's Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-
Morpork, who promptly offers him a job as Postmaster.
The final story in "The witches trilogy" tells of the funniest Grand
Tour anywhere, as Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat
Garlick travel to distant Genua. They intend to make sure a
servant girl doesn't marry the prince.
Jordan: a whole new world.
This book takes up where the last ended, detailing what she really
made of her jungle experiences, the truth behind the romance with
Peter Andre, her excitement over their new baby, the glamour
behind their up-coming wedding, and her heartbreak over the
continuing medical traumas concerning her oldest son Harvey.
PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials [trilogy]
Northern lights. (1)
When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon,
Pantalaimon, determine to find him. The quest leads them to the
bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice
and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies - and where a team
of scientists is conducting vile experiments. Lyra overcomes these
strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for
The subtle knife. (2)
Will is twelve years old and he's just killed a man. Now he's on his
own, on the run, determined to discover the truth about his father's
disappearance. Then Will steps through a window in the air into
another world, and finds himself with a companion - a strange,
savage little girl called Lyra. Like Will, she has a mission which she
intends to carry out at all costs.
The amber spyglass. (3)
For all those who are dying to learn the fate of Will and Lyra,
hoping for the return of Iorek Byrnison, longing to know the truth
about Dust, and waiting to face the ultimate clash of opposing
powers, this book has the answers.
The short story contained within Lyra's Oxford finds Lyra with her
daemon Pantalaimon a couple of years after the end of The amber
spyglass. Sitting on the roofs of Oxford she sees a bird, the
daemon of a witch, a storm petrel flying towards her pursued by a
huge and angry flock of starlings. A beguiling new episode from
the universe of His dark materials and other matter never before
seen in this world.
Between a rock and a hard place :
my survival in Blue John Canyon (non-fiction)
A mountaineer who survived a near-fatal accident by amputating
his arm when it became trapped behind a boulder in Utah
describes how he endured five days of hypothermia, dehydration,
and hallucinations before managing his own rescue.
Break no bones.
It's the second-to-last day of archaeological field school - the
students are working on a site of prehistoric graves on Dewees, a
barrier island north of Charleston, South Carolina, when a much
more recent burial is uncovered...The skeleton is articulated, the
bone fresh and the vertebrae still connected by soft-tissue - it's a
case forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan has to take.
Frank is a tutor of English at a Northern university, a man in his
fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to seek refuge
in whisky. Rita is a forthright twenty-six year-old hairdresser who is
hungry to find some meaning to life and "know everything". With
Frank as her tutor, Rita embarks on an Open University course,
and her education begins.
The catcher in the rye.
A sixteen-year-old boy relates in his own words the experiences he
goes through at school and after, and reveals with unusual
candour the workings of his own mind. What does a boy in his
teens think and feel about his teachers, parents, friends and
The weeping women hotel.
Northern girl Harriet lives and works on a London estate which is a
battleground between the white working class plus the immigrants
versus the newly arrived middle class focaccia-eaters. Unhappy
and overweight, she hires a personal trainer who lures her into
joining the martial arts class he runs. There she learns the regime
of the completely phoney martial arts 'master' and embarks on a
spiritual and literal journey which leads her to a hotel opposite the
railway station at Crewe, the 'Weeping Women Hotel'.
- Divided loyalties.
Shauna and Greg's marriage is under pressure. She wants
another baby - he doesn't. She also has to endure her obnoxious
in-laws and their spoilt kids. Shauna's glad to be moving abroad.
She'll be free of them at last - won't she?
- Foreign affairs.
Four women are at a crossroads in their lives. These women all
have difficult choices to make and are in desperate need of a
holiday. When the four of them stay in a luxurious villa on a Greek
island, they soon realize that they have embarked on more than
just a foreign holiday. Amidst rows, arguments, laughter and fun
they come to see each other in a different light. Can their
friendships be sustained? Indeed, will their lives ever be the same
Random acts of heroic love
1992: Leo Deakin wakes up in a hospital somewhere in South
America, his girlfriend Eleni is dead and Leo doesn't know where
he is or how Eleni died. He blames himself for the tragedy and is
sucked into a spiral of despair. But Leo is about to discover
something which will change his life forever. 1917: Moritz Daniecki
is a fugitive from a Siberian POW camp. Seven thousand
kilometres over the Russian Steppes separate him from his village
and his sweetheart, whose memory has kept him alive through
carnage and captivity. The Great War may be over, but Moritz now
faces a perilous journey across a continent riven by civil war.
When Katherine, the orphan daughter of a minor herald, came to
the court of Edward III at the age of fifteen, she was betrothed to
an obscure knight. But she soon became the beloved mistress of
the King's son and the mother of his children.
Frankenstein is a young, idealistic student of natural philosophy
who, finding the secret of giving life to matter, creates a living
being. The monstrous creation, though gentle in nature, inspires
fear in those who meet him and must hide away from society.
Increasingly lonely and isolated, the monster becomes embittered
and cruel, taking a hideous revenge on his creator.
SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley
The school for scandal.
Richly exploited comic situations, effervescent wit, and intricate
plots combine to make Sheridan's work among the best of all
English comedy. The school of scandal is his mastrpiece, a
brilliantly crafted comedy of contrasts in which brothers Joseph
and Charles Surface contend for Maria, with hilariously differing
intentions and results. Also a work of acute comic irony.
Ever since he can remember, Animal has gone on all fours, the
catastrophic result of what happened on That Night when, thanks
to an American chemical company, the Apocalypse visited his
slum. Now not quite twenty, he leads a hand-to-mouth existence
with his dog Jara and a crazy old nun called Ma Franci.
The visible world
Talks about a doomed romance full of feeling and fervour that
plays itself out in the heat of the Nazi occupation of Prague and
then smoulders in the embers for decades before flaring into life
again, thousands of miles away, with incendiary effects.
I capture the castle.
This novel is written from the point of view of seventeen year old
Cassandra. It chronicles her life in an old castle with her father who
is suffering from writer's block, her stepmother Topaz, a model, her
fiery sister Rose and younger brother Thomas. She writes about
her life and the arrival of her landlords, the American Cotton family,
and she also writes about love.
ST. AUBYN, Edward.
The once illustrious, once wealthy Melroses are in peril. Caught in
the wreckage of broken promises, child-rearing, adultery and
assisted suicide, Patrick finds his wife consumed by motherhood,
his mother consumed by a New Age foundation, and his five-year-
old son Robert understanding far more than he ought.
Contains language that some readers may find offensive.
For the Wittgenstein family, the summer of 1915 was a time of both
prosperity and unease, as the guns of war sound in the distance.
But for eldest daughter Beata, it was a time of awakening. By
glimmering Lake Geneva, the quiet Jewish beauty met a young
French officer and fell in love. Knowing that her parents would
never accept her marriage to a Catholic, Beata followed her heart
anyway. As the two built a new life together, Beata's past would
stay with her, and when Europe faces war once again, Beata must
watch in horror as Hitler's terror threatens her family.
Of mice and men.
George and Lennie are migrant American labourers. George
protects his strong but stupid friend and shares with him a dream
of one day settling down and farming their own land.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Dr Jekyll, a physician conscious of the duality in his nature, and
fascinated by the idea of the advantage that would arise if these
elements could be clothed in different personalities, discovers a
drug by means of which he can create a separate personality that
absorbs all his evil instincts.
- Anita and me.
Like every nine-year-old girl, Meena can't wait to grow up and
break free from her parents. But, as the daughter of the only
Punjabi family in the British mining village of Tollington, her fight for
independence is far from typical. In a memorable debut novel,
British-born Indian actress Meera Syal takes a fresh, sassy look at
a childhood caught between two cultures.
- Life isn’t all ha ha hee hee.
Tania, Sunita and Chila have been close and somewhat unlikely
friends since their schooldays. Sunita, a former law student and
activist, married her university sweetheart Akash, and is settled,
unsatisfied, into a life of overweight, underappreciated
motherhood. Tania, top girl fighter at school, is a raven-maned
beauty, who has rejected marriage and anything traditionally
Asian, for a high-flying TV career and a compliant Indophile
boyfriend called Martin. And then there's Chila. Innocent, kind,
funny qualification-less Chila, with her glass animal collection,
considered backward by her family, has just, to everyone's
amazement, snared Deepak--the richest, most eligible bachelor
within a 50-mile radius.
The Lord of the Rings:
-The Hobbit (prequel).
A tale of the adventure of a company of dwarves in search of
dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is
Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving, unambitious hobbit, who surprises
even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar.
-The fellowship of the ring. (1)
Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power
- the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks
in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them
all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In
a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself
faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts
the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a
perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there
to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
-The two towers.(2)
Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger
during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the
hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom.
They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in the battle with an evil spirit
in the Mines of Moria; and at the Falls of Rauros, Boromir, seduced
by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and
Sam made their escape the rest of the company were attacked by
Orcs. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River
Anduin - alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that
follows wherever they go.
-The return of the king. (3)
As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions
of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures.
Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the
West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of
Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg.
Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest
and there encountered the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously
returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his
master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but
Frodo is still alive but now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the
while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring
draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.
A fraction of the whole
Martin Dean spent his entire life analyzing absolutely everything -
from the benefits of suicide to the virtues of strip clubs - and
passing on his self-taught knowledge to his son, Jasper. But now
that his father's dead, Jasper recounts a boyhood of outrageous
schemes and shocking discoveries - about his infamous criminal
uncle, his mysteriously absent mother, and Martin's constant battle
to leave his mark on the world.
- The secret diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 . (1)
Dogged by misfortunes common to anyone above the age of 13,
from spots to cracks in his parents' marriage, Adrian's life is
brightened by his passion for a 14 year-old feminist, and his
forceful grandmother who can be relied upon to bring order to the
chaotic Mole household - and even sort out the school bully!
- The growing pains of Adrian Mole. (2)
Further adventures of the newly 15-year-old: his nose is still
swollen from its humiliating encounter with a model aeroplane; he
has 38 spots, 28 on his face and the rest on his shoulders;
perhaps worst of all, he has "never seen a dead body or a real
female nipple. This is what comes of living in a cul-de-sac." He is
to experience love and the pangs of its loss, blind dates and
neuroses - in short, all the agonies of growing up.
The road home.
On the coach, Lev chose a seat near the back and sat huddled
against the window, staring out at the land he was leaving. Like so
many others, Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work, so that he
can send money back to Eastern Europe to support his mother and
little daughter. Lev begins with no job, little money and few words
of English. He only has his memories, his hopes and a certain
alarming skill with the preparation of food. Behind him loom the
figures of his dead wife, his beloved daughter and his outrageous
friend Rudi. Now, in front of him, lies the deep strangeness of the
British: their hostile streets, their obsession with celebrity, their
clannish pubs and their lonely flats. London holds out the alluring
possibilities of friendship, sex, money and a new career; but more
than this, of human understanding and a sense of belonging.
The color purple.
The story of two sisters in the harsh segregated world of the Deep
South in the early twentieth century. Celie has been raped by the
man she calls father; her two children are taken away from her; her
beloved, younger sister, Nettie, has run away. Celie has no one to
talk to but God. Then she meets Shug and discovers not the pain
of rivalry but the love and support of women.
The night watch.
This is the story of four Londoners - three women and a young
man with a past. Kay, who drove an ambulance during the war and
lived life at full throttle, now dresses in mannish clothes and
wanders the streets with a restless hunger, searching. Helen,
clever, sweet, much-loved, harbours a painful secret. Viv, glamour
girl, is stubbornly, even foolishly loyal, to her soldier lover. Duncan,
an apparent innocent, has had his own demons to fight during the
lives, and their secrets connect in sometimes startling ways.
Contains language and scenes of a sexual nature that some
readers may find offensive.
Does my bum look big in this?
Like all women, Jackie knows life would be perfect if only she had
a small bum, sticky-up bosoms and didn't grow a moustache once
Trainspotting is a loosely knotted string of jagged, dislocated tales
that lay bare the hearts of darkness of the junkies, wide-boys and
psychos who ride in the down escalator of opportunity in the
Contains language and scenes of a nature that some readers may
The machine gunners.
'Some bright kid's got a gun and 2000 rounds of live ammo. It'll go
through a brick wall at a quarter of a mile.' Chas McGill has the
second-best collection of war souvenirs in Garmouth, and he
desperately wants it to be the best.
The rise and fall of a yummy mummy.
One woman's battle to fit back into her old self. Amy Crane is in
crisis. Six months after the birth of her baby, Amy still looks
pregnant and can't remember the last time she had time to herself.
Motherhood is stirring up disturbing questions about her own
childhood. And she suspects her boyfriend is cheating. Enter Alice,
yummy mummy superior, on a mission to transform Amy's body,
and love life. As Amy swaps breast pads for Botox and climbs out
of a vortex of self-doubt, her libido awakens from its long nap and
things get rather more complicated ...
The book thief.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel
Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration
camp. She befriends blond-haired Rudy Steiner, and the mayor's
wife, who hides from despair in her library. Together Liesel and
Rudy steal books - from Nazi book burning piles, from the mayor's
library, from the richer people of Molching. In time, the family hide
a Jewish boxer, Max, who reads with Liesel in the basement. By
1943, the Allied bombs are falling, and the sirens begin to wail.
Liesel shares out her books in the air-raid shelters. But one day in
the life of Himmel street, the wail of the sirens comes too late.