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  1. 1. RNIB Giant Print Library (Adults) Titles updated January 2009 Welcome RNIB National Library Service boasts the UK’s first lending service of Giant Print books thanks to funding generously provided by The Wolfson Foundation, Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, The John Ellerman Foundation, Vision Charity, The Sobell Foundation, The Sandra Charitable Trust, Abbey Charitable Trust, CHK Charities Limited, The Albert Hunt Trust, Good Neighbours Trust and The Big Lottery Fund and many others. Most of the books have been produced by the National Blind Children’s Society and are set in 24 point type with covers identical to their counterparts in the ordinary print versions of the books available in bookshops and public libraries. The books were originally aimed at children and teenagers but this catalogue lists all the titles suitable for adults. Any UK member of our library service may borrow the Giant Print books. The only limitations at present are that each member is offered a maximum of 6 books per service, and that the books are available to UK members only, although it is possible that these circumstances may be reviewed in the future. The books listed in this catalogue are currently part of library stock, and as more titles are added, this list will be updated. The numbers shown in brackets after some titles depict the sequel order of books in a specific series. Finally, please be aware that due to their size, many of the books are split into two or more volumes, and these will have identical covers. People often think that we have sent multiple copies of the same book, but this is not the case! For details of joining the RNIB National Library Service, or for further information regarding the adult's Giant Print collection, please contact Customer Services on: 0303 123 9999 or email: We hope you enjoy our unique new Giant Print Library.
  2. 2. We look forward to hearing from you! Giant Print titles (adults) A ACORAH, Derek. The psychic adventures of Derek Acorah : TV's number one psychic. (Non-fiction) 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 ADAMS, Douglas. -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 backseat.
  3. 3. -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. ADIGA, Aravind - 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 master. AHERN, Cecelia. - 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 back home? ANGELOU, Maya. I know why the caged bird sings. (Non-fiction) Growing up in the southern states of America in the 1920s was a
  4. 4. 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 somehow survived. ANTHONY, Michael 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. ATKINSON, Kate. Case histories. 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. ATWOOD, Margaret. 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. B BARRY, Sebastian -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
  5. 5. story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love and passion and hope. BANKS, Iain. -Complicity. 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. BANKS, Iain. 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 touches. Contains scenes of violence that some readers may find offensive. BANKS, IAIN M. The algebraist. 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. BARKER, Nicola. Darkmans. 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.
  6. 6. BARKER, Pat. Regeneration. 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 Sassoon. BENNETT, Alan 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. Emma Brown. 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
  7. 7. 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 ... BRADBURY, Ray Fahrenheit 451 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. BRONTE, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. 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. BRONTE, Emily Wuthering Heights Set in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors, the story tells of the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliffe. BROWN, Dan 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.
  8. 8. C CHAMBERS, Aidan 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. COBEN, Harlan Promise Me. 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 COLGAN, Jenny. Working wonders. 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. CONNELLY, Michael. The narrows. 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.
  9. 9. D DAVID, Kay 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 his heart. 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. DEAVER, Jeffrey. 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? DESAI, Kiran The inheritance of loss. At the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, lives an
  10. 10. 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. DICKENS, Charles. -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. -Great expectations. 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. -Hard Times. 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 system. DOWLING, Clare. 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...
  11. 11. 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. DOYLE, Roddy. 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. -Rebecca. 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. E
  12. 12. ELLIOTT, Jane. The little prisoner: how a childhood was stolen and a trust betrayed. (Non-fiction) 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. ELTON, Ben. -Chart throb. "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! -High society. 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. -Past mortem. 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
  13. 13. 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. ENRIGHT, Anne. The gathering. 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..... EVANOVICH, Janet Lean mean thirteen New secrets, old flames and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet! EVANS, Lissa. 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. F FAULKS, Sebastian - Birdsong. 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
  14. 14. warfare with the writer. Contains scenes of a sexual nature that some readers may find offensive. - 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 FERRIS, Joshua. 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 of life. FFORDE, Katie. Life skills. 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.
  15. 15. FFORDE, Katie. Practically perfect. 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? FIELD, Sandra. 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 innocent mistress. FIELDING, Helen. - 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 does. Contains language that some readers may find offensive.
  16. 16. 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. FLEMING, Ian. -Casino Royale. 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. -Dr. No. 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. FRANK, Anne. 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 quarters. FRAYN, Michael. Spies 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. FRENCH, Nicci. -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
  17. 17. and transgression, but love and sexual obsession overwhelm her until they threaten everything: her safety, her sanity, and, finally, her life. -Secret smile. 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 ... G GALE, Patrick. 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. GARLAND, Alex. The beach. 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. GAYLE, Mike. 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 depths of GHOSH, Amitav 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
  18. 18. 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 Ruby Red. 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... GOLDING, William. 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. GRANT, Linda 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 all.
  19. 19. GREEN, Jane. Babyville. 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? GRENVILLE, Kate. 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. GRISHAM, John. -The broker. 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. -The testament. 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. GROSSMAN, Lev. Codex. 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
  20. 20. 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... H HADDON, Mark. 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. HAMID, Mohsin. 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 even love. HARDY, Thomas. 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. HENSHER, Philip The northern clemency Set in Sheffield, this epic charts the relationship between two
  21. 21. 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. HERBERT, James. 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 . . . HERRIOT, James 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". HEWITT, Paolo 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
  22. 22. HILL, Susan. 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. HILL, Susan. Strange meeting. 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. HISLOP, Victoria. The island. 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. HORNBY, Nick. 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. HOSSEINI, Khaled 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
  23. 23. 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. HUGHES, Thomas. 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. HUXLEY, Aldous. 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. J JOHNSON, Martin. 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
  24. 24. 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. JONES, Lloyd. Mister Pip. 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. K KELLY, Cathy. 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. KINSELLA, Sophie -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
  25. 25. 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. Kuipers, Alice. 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. L LARKIN, Philip 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.
  26. 26. LAWRENCE, D.H. 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. LEE, Harper. 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. LEE, Laurie. 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. LONDON, Jack. 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. LOTT, Tim Fearless 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?
  27. 27. M 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. MCCOURT, Frank 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. MCEWAN, Ian. -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. MCMAHON, Katherine. 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
  28. 28. 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. MCNAB, Andy. -Deep black. 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... -Recoil. 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. MAGUIRE, Gregory. 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. (Non-fiction, biography) 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. MANSELL, Jill. Falling for you. Maddy Harvey was a bit of an ugly duckling as a teenager, what
  29. 29. with her N.H.S. specs, unfortunate hair and wonky teeth. Thankfully she's blossomed since then. MATAR, Hisham. 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. MILLER, Arthur 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 tragedy. MITCHELL, Dreda Say. Running hot. 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 him. MONTGOMERY, L.M. 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 around her.
  30. 30. MORGAN, Michaela Respect! 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. Woken furies. 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. N NAUGHTON, Bill 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 NEILL, Fiona 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 exposed
  31. 31. NEW SCIENTIST. -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. NIFFENEGGER, Audrey. 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 in time. Contains language that some readers may find offensive. NORTH, Freya. Fen. 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. O ORWELL, George. Nineteen eighty-four 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. P
  32. 32. PARSONS, Tony. -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. PARSONS, TONY. -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? PEET, Mal. 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 World War. PELZER, Dave - 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. Contains violence - 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
  33. 33. 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. PICOULT, Jodi Nineteen minutes 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. PRATCHETT, Terry. -Going postal 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. -Witches abroad. 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. PRICE, Katie. 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.
  34. 34. 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 her. 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. Lyra’s Oxford. 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. R RALSTON, Aron. 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.
  35. 35. REICHS, Kathy. 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. RUSSELL, Willy Educating Rita. 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. S SALINGER, J.D. 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 acquaintances? SAYLE, Alexei. 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'. SCANLAN, Patricia - Divided loyalties. Shauna and Greg's marriage is under pressure. She wants
  36. 36. 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 again? SCHEINMANN, Danny. 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. SETON, Anya. Katherine. 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. SHELLEY, Mary. Frankenstein. 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.
  37. 37. 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. SINHA, INDRA Animal's people. 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. SLOUKA, Mark. 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. SMITH, Dodie. 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. Mother’s milk. 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.
  38. 38. STEEL, Danielle. Echoes. 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. STEINBECK, John. 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. STEVENSON, R.L. 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. SYAL, Meera. - 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
  39. 39. 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. T TOLKIEN, J.R.R. 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.
  40. 40. 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. TOLTZ, Steve 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. TOWNSEND, Sue - 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. TREMAIN, Rose 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
  41. 41. 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. W WALKER, Alice. 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. WATERS, Sarah. 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 war. Their lives, and their secrets connect in sometimes startling ways. Contains language and scenes of a sexual nature that some readers may find offensive. WEIR, Arabella. 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 a month.
  42. 42. WELSH, Irvine. Trainspotting. 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 nation's capital. Contains language and scenes of a nature that some readers may find offensive. Westall, Robert 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. Williams, Polly. 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 ... Z ZUSAK, Markus. 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.