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This is a list of books added to our online library over the last month, with the most recent additions at the top of the list.

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September 2018

Al's Awesome Science: Egg-Speriments!

Author: Jane Clarke

Part of a series: Al's Awesome Science

Publisher: Five Quills (2017)

Al's wacky experiments have the most unexpected and messy consequences in this new science-based adventure series. As a young scientist who never gives up Al is surprised to find out that his 'egg-speriments' can lead to very sticky situations!

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Going On The Turn

Author: Danny Baker

Publisher: W&N (2017)

Danny Baker's third volume of memoirs barrels along at the same cracking pace as its predecessors, the bestselling Going to Sea in a Sieve (the inspiration for the major TV series Cradle to Grave and subsequent nationwide tour) and Going off Alarming. With his trademark exuberance, he recalls the years which included six years' involvement in the massive TV hit TFI Friday ('piling it up with hellzapoppin' ideas') - during which time he stalked John Cleese in New York, entertained David Bowie and Paul McCartney, bizarrely reunites with Sir Michael Caine, gets befriended by Peter O'Toole and becomes a member of Led Zeppelin for 35 minutes. However, the tales are not reliant on celebrity alone, and the book comes packed with the usual quota of Baker family jewels, including Spud's attitude to doctors, Danny's trip to Amsterdam to get stoned for the first time (he fails), getting caught up in football rioting, and the now infamous 'kaboom' of an outburst following his despatch from BBC London. And then there's the cancer. Spoiler alert: this is the one in which he almost dies. Further spoiler alert: he doesn't. Going on the Turn is a rollicking read that fizzes with wit, warmth and enviable joie de vivre.

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Eve Of Man

Authors: Tom Fletcher, Giovanna Fletcher

Part of a series: Eve of Man Trilogy

Publisher: Michael Joseph (2018)

This is the electrifying dystopian love story, the first in the trilogy by bestselling authors Giovanna and Tom Fletcher. '. . . ONE OF THE BIG BOOKS OF THE YEAR. YOU'D BE A FOOL TO MISS IT' HEAT Eve is like any other teenage girl . . . Except that the fate of the entire world lies on her shoulders. She's the first girl born in fifty years. She's the answer to their prayers. She's the final hope. Which means she has one function alone . . . At sixteen, Eve must face her destiny and make a choice. She will choose a man, one out of three carefully selected suitors. But what about Bram? The future of the planet hangs on Eve making the right choice. Will she? COULD YOU CHOOSE BETWEEN LOVE, AND THE FUTURE OF THE HUMAN RACE?

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Dog Town

Authors: Luize Pastore, Reinis Petersens, Zanete Vevere Pasqualini

Publisher: Firefly Press (2018)

PRIZEWINNER! #BEST NEW KIDS BOOKS 2018 Guardian pick. All Jacob wants is for a tall ship to sail down the street, right past his dining-room window ... but now his wish has got him into big trouble. His dad takes him to stay with his grumpy cousin Mimi and ex-sailor Uncle Eagle on the other side of town. It's going to be a long summer. Then he meets the Boss, leader of the Dog Town pack and everything changes. They need Jacob to help them fight tooth and paw to save their home from the evil Skyler Scraper - and safeguard their town for ever. Based on local legend this is a prizewinning story of myths, maps and summer adventures in the big city.

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Wind Charm

Author: Zanna Davidson

Part of a series: Fairy Unicorns

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Limited (2017)

When Zoe visits Unicorn Island she mistakenly opens the Box of Winds, unleashing a terrible storm over the island. Can Zoe and her best friend Astra, the fairy unicorn, stop the winds before it's too late? An exciting story from the Usborne Young Reading series, ideal for newly fluent readers who are ready for longer stories.

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Ella On The Outside

Author: Cath Howe

Publisher: Nosy Crow (2018)

Ella is the new girl at school. She doesn’t know anyone and she doesn’t have friends. And she has a terrible secret. Ella can’t believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, decides to be her new best friend – but what does Lydia really want? And what does it all have to do with Molly. The quiet, shy girl who won’t talk to anyone?

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Blood, Bones And Body Bits

Author: Nick Arnold

Part of a series: Horrible Science

Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books (2011)

HORRIBLE SCIENCE: BLOOD, BONES AND BODY BITS is a bone-chilling book of bodies to make kids squeal! Peek inside to discover all the squishy secrets of your body — including the nasty bits nobody wants to tell you! Find out what happens when a boil bursts. See what lives in your eyelashes. ...

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To Kill Or Cure

Author: Susanna Gregory

Part of a series: Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew

Publisher: Sphere Books (2007)

In the year 1357, Cambridge University is in dire financial straits: the town’s landlords are demanding an extortionate rent rise for the students’ hostels and the plague years have left the colleges with scant resources. Tension is at boiling point and soon explodes into violence and death. Into this maelstrom comes a charismatic physician whose healing methods owe more to magic than medicine – and his success threatens Matthew Bartholomew’s professional reputation. When murder arrives, Bartholomew suspects the so-called healer, but with plenty of potential killers amid the rivalries between town and gown, Franciscans and Dominicans, he needs to find the viper in the University’s midst before he himself is killed …

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Magic Forest

Author: Zanna Davidson

Part of a series: Fairy Unicorns

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Limited (2017)

Zoe is staying with her great-aunt when she discovers a magical world full of fairy unicorns. But soon Zoe finds out that Unicorn Island is in terrible danger. Can Zoe and her new unicorn friend, Astra, save the island - before it's too late?

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Vicious Veg

Author: Nick Arnold

Part of a series: Horrible Science

Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books (2011)

Vegetables. They’re green. They’re gross. They make you fell sick – and they’re bloomin’ amazing. Science with the squishy bits left in! How do plants suck out the insides of dead insects? Why do stinging nettles like skeletons? Which fungi can make your toes drop off? Get the awful answers in Vicious Veg!

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The Wicked Boy

Author: Kate Summerscale

Publisher: Bloomsbury (2016)

Early on Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his brother Nattie set out from their small terraced house in east London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, leaving the boys and their mother at home for the summer. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning family valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. During this time nobody saw or heard from their mother - the boys told neighbours she was visiting relatives. As the sun beat down on the Coombes house, an awful smell began to emanate from the building, and what the police found in one of the bedrooms sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm. Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the 'penny dreadful' novels that Robert loved to read. In 'The Wicked Boy', Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality - it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man's capacity to overcome the past.

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Rescue Princesses: The Enchanted Ruby

Author: Paula Harrison

Part of a series: The Rescue Princesses

Publisher: Nosy Crow (2018)

Princess Scarlett has always longed for adventure. When two princesses come to stay at Bearbrook Castle, she takes her new friends to a secret island in the river to meet a special otter family. When a speeding boat injures a fluffy baby otter, the princesses must reunite him with his family. They'll need to learn some brilliant new ninja moves, and even solve a mystery!

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Lincoln In The Bardo

Author: George Saunders

Publisher: Bloomsbury (2018)

The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul. Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. Here he invents an exhilarating new form, and is confirmed as one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Deploying a theatrical, kaleidoscopic panoply of voices - living and dead, historical and fictional - Lincoln in the Bardo poses a timeless question: how do we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear must end?

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The Family Next Door

Author: Sally Hepworth

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (2018)

The small suburb of Pleasant Court lives up to its name. It's the kind of place where everyone knows their neighbours, and children play in the street. Isabelle Heatherington doesn't fit into this picture of family paradise. Husbandless and childless, she soon captures the attention of three Pleasant Court mothers. But Ange, Fran and Essie have their own secrets to hide. Like the reason behind Ange's compulsion to control every aspect of her life. Or why Fran won't let her sweet, gentle husband near her new baby. Or why, three years ago, Essie took her daughter to the park and returned home without her. As their obsession with their new neighbour grows, the secrets of these three women begin to spread - and they're about to find out that when you look at something too closely, you'll see things you never wanted to see. A gripping domestic page-turner full of shocking reveals, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty (TRULY MADLY GUILTY, THE HUSBAND'S SECRET), Amanda Prowse (THE ART OF HIDING, THE IDEA OF YOU) and Kerry Fisher (AFTER THE LIE, THE SECRET CHILD).

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Sadie And Ratz

Author: Sonya Hartnett

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2010)

Hannah’s hands, SADIE and RATZ, can behave like wild beasts. Watch out, Baby Boy – SADIE and RATZ are on the rampage!

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Clockwork Or All Wound Up

Author: Philip Pullman

Publisher: Puffin Books (2018)

Tick, tick, tick, tock. Once you've wound some things up nothing can stop them . . . It is a cold winter's night when Karl enters the White Horse Tavern looking like he's swallowed a thundercloud. His final task as a clockmaker apprentice is to make a new figure for the great clock of Glockenheim. He has not made the figure - or got any idea of what it could be, and the unveiling is tomorrow. Fritz is also in the tavern; there to read aloud his new spooky story. Like Karl, he hasn't finished. Well, he knows how the story starts and he knows it's called Clockwork - so, with the snow swirling down outside, he sets his story going and just has to hope that the ending will come to him as he tells it. Suddenly, Fritz's story and real life merge in a completely sinister way - and just like clockwork it can't be stopped . . .

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Rabbit, Run

Author: John Updike

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics (2006)

It’s 1959 and Harry ‘Rabbit’ Angstrom, one-time high-school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At twenty-six he is trapped in a second-rate existence – stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays and discarded glasses, a young son and a futile job. With no way to fix things, he flees his family and his home in Pennsylvania, beginning a thousand-mile journey that he hopes will free him from his mediocre life. Because, as he knows only too well, ‘after you’ve been first-rate at something, no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second-rate’.

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Love Will Tear Us Apart

Author: Holly Seddon

Publisher: Corvus (2018)

Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don't find love by thirty, they will marry each other. Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their teenage promise. After all, they are such good friends. Surely that's enough to make a marriage? Now, on the eve of their 10th wedding anniversary, they will discover that love between men and women is more complex, and more precarious, than they could ever have imagined. As Kate struggles with a secret that reaches far into their past, will the couple's vow become the very thing that threatens their future? Love Will Tear Us Apart is a moving and heart-breaking exploration of modern love and friendship, from the bestselling author of Try Not to Breathe.

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On The Other Hand

Author: Chaim Bermant

Publisher: Robson Books (2000)

Chaim Bermant was born in Lithuania and spent his early childhood in Barovke (Latvia) where his father was Rabbi. At the age of nine he moved with his family to Scotland and was educated at Glasgow Rabbinical College, Glasgow University and the London School of Economics. A former schoolmaster, an economist and television scriptwriter, he regularly wrote for the Daily Telegraph, the Observer and Newsweek, as well as ‘On the other Hand’, his weekly column for The Jewish Chronicle. He was the author of over thirty books, both fiction and nonfiction. His posthumous autobiography, Genesis: A Latvian Childhood, was published by Robson Books in 1998.

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Feed Me Vegan

Author: Lucy Watson

Publisher: Sphere (2017)

Packed with comforting, easy-to-make and totally delicious recipes, Feed Me Vegan shows you can be vegan and still have your cake (and mac and cheese, and lasagne, and pancakes) and eat it. Passionate vegan Lucy Watson has you covered with tempting meals from breakfast to supper - as well as all the sweet treats and snacks you need in between! Enough to turn the head of even the most dedicated carnivore, Feed Me Vegan is full of tasty, satisfying vegan fare which will have everyone asking for seconds. Whether you're already a full-time vegan, considering making the switch or just trying to cut down on meats, fish and dairy, this book is sure to add new favourite recipes to your repertoire. Recipes Include: · Fry-Up · French Toast with Spiced Plums · Cauliflower Wings · Mushroom Mac and Cheese · Ultimate Cheeseburger · Pad Thai · Oreo Thickshake · Chocolate Fudge Cake · Hot Cinnamon Jam Doughnuts · Miso Aubergine and Mushroom Gyoza

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When The Mountains Roared

Author: Jess Butterworth

Publisher: Orion Books (2018)

When Ruby's dad uproots her from Australia to set up a hotel in the mountains of India, Ruby is devastated. Not only are they living in a run-down building in the middle of the wilderness surrounded by scorpions, bears and leopards, but Ruby is sure that India will never truly feel like home - not without her mum there. But then the last remaining leopards of the mountain are threatened and everything changes. Ruby vows to do all she can to protect them - if she can only overcome her fears...

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The Odds Strike Back!

Authors: Tom McLaughlin, Adam Perrott

Publisher: Stripes Publishing (2013)

Have you ever fallen flat on your face when you’re carrying an ice cream? Or put down a drink, gone back to get it and it’s nowhere to be seen? That’s the Odds at work! A family of Professional Pranksters who delight in playing the most rib-tickling tricks on the townspeople of Trott. This time, the Odds face inspection by the Head Prankster to ensure they’re still up to their meddling best. But the new man who’ll be doing it is none other than Mr Nobody, sworn enemy of Mr Odd! This calls for a spectacular pranking plan… A hilarious second book about a fabulously funny family from Adam Perrott. Your sides will be splitting as you read about their outrageous pranks. The Odds will delight both boys and girls with their comic capers and super-high levels of silliness.

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Birdcage Walk

Author: Helen Dunmore

Publisher: Windmill Books (2017)

It is 1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in Radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol’s housing boom, and he has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Soon his plans for a magnificent terrace built above the two-hundred-foot drop of the Gorge come under threat. Diner believes that Lizzie’s independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him: law and custom confirm it, and she must live as he wants. In a tense drama of public and private violence, resistance and terror, Diner’s passion for Lizzie darkens until she finds herself dangerously alone.

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Killer Energy

Author: Nick Arnold

Part of a series: Horrible Science

Publisher: Scholastic (2011)

SCIENCE WITH THE SQUISHY BITS LEFT IN! • Why do space loos spray out frozen pee? • Which chilling chemical can preserve your pets? • Who built a dodgy steam-powered plane? Get the awful answers in Killer Energy!

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Angry Animals

Author: Nick Arnold

Part of a series: Horrible Science

Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books (2011)

Science with the squishy bits left in! Take a walk on the wild side with Angry Animals Dare you discover: * who made false teeth for an elephant? * where you can find dragons with bad breath? * which scientist ate a poisonous snake for dinner? If you think you can stomach the sick side of Science, then read on as we go on the hunt for the cruellest creature of them all. Get to grips with gruesome grizzly bears, wolf down some facts about, er, wolves and snap up some savage shark stories. With fantastic fact files, quirky quizzes and crazy cartoons, Angry Animals is a book to sink your teeth into! Science has never been so horrible!

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Ned The Nature Nut's Nutty Nature Facts And Jokes

Author: Andy Seed

Publisher: Nosy Crow (2017)

WHY DO HERONS HAVE LONG NECKS? BECAUSE THEIR FEET SMELL! Follow Ned the Nature Nut through this crazy collection of wildlife facts and jokes . . . From fantastic flowers and fungi to ridiculous rabbits and rats, you’ll split your sides laughing with this hilarious book!

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A World Without Ice

Author: Henry Pollack

Publisher: Penguin UK (2009)

This is a book about ice and people—the impact of ice on Earth, its climate, and its human residents, as well as the reciprocal impact that people are now having on ice and the climate. With clarity and insight, geophysicist Henry Pollack paints a compelling portrait of the delicate geological balance between Earth and its ice, and shows why the current rapid loss of ice portends serious consequences in our not-so-distant future.

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Claude In The Country

Author: Alex T Smith

Part of a series: Claude

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (2012)

Meet Claude - the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life. Now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior with 52 episodes airing in 2018. A quiet nature walk in the country turns into a busy day on the farm when Claude ends up mucking out the pigs, feeding the chickens, and lassoing a fearsome bull!

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Claude In The Spotlight

Author: Alex T Smith

Part of a series: Claude

Publisher: Hodder Children's Book (2015)

Meet Claude - the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life. Now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior with 52 episodes airing in 2018. A gentle stroll through town leads to leg kicking and bottom shaking as Claude dances his way into the theatre and straight into the spotlight!

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The Secret Cat

Author: Sarah Lean

Part of a series: Tiger Days

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books

When nine-year-old Tiger Days stays with her grandmother at Willowgate House she never knows what might happen… new friends to meet, animals to rescue and problems to solve! Tiger’s grandmother looks after animals in need, and when Tiger comes to stay she quickly learns how to feed a baby warthog and keep it safe. Tiger already has her hands full when a mysterious sound leads her to another little animal… At Willowgate House, no day is ever dull for Tiger!

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Ottoline And The Yellow Cat

Author: Chris Riddell

Part of a series: Ottoline

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2017)

This is book 1 of 3 in the Ottoline Series. Introducing Miss Ottoline Brown, an exceptionally inquisitive Mistress of Disguise, and her partner in crime, Mr Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve . . . Ottoline lives in a stylish apartment in Big City with a small hairy creature called Mr Munroe. Together they look after the Brown family's eclectic collections - and dabble in a spot of detective work. So they are the first to the scene of the crime when a string of high society dog-nappings and jewel thefts hits Big City. Ottoline (who luckily has a diploma from the Who-R-U Academy of Disguise) and Mr Munroe go undercover - and expose an ingenious scam masterminded by furry feline crook, the Yellow Cat. Ottoline and the Yellow Cat is a quirky mystery-adventure from star author/illustrator, Chris Riddell. Winner of the Nestle Prize, and crammed with black and white illustrations, Ottoline and the Yellow Cat is perfectly packaged and highly collectable.

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Under The Garden

Author: Graham Greene

Part of a series: Penguin 60s

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

Graham Greene departs from his usual stories in this unusual tale. The main character is soon to die, and returns to his home, recalling an amazing dream/adventure that he had as a child about the strange monarch who rules the land that exists ‘under the garden’.

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Singing Spears

Author: E V Thompson

Part of a series: Retallick Saga

Publisher: Macmillan (1982)

Daniel Retallick has grown to manhood during the years of flood tide in the chronicles of Africa. The son of Josh and Miriam Retallick, he settles with his wife and children on a homestead in a valley of Matabeleland. But the years are the 1880s, and the Matabele impis are advancing with their singing spears towards the deal- dealing Maxim guns of the white man. Daniel Retallick's loyalties, plans and dreams are about to be swept by fate into the whirlpool of history...

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The Secret History Of Twin Peaks

Author: Mark Frost

Publisher: Macmillan (2016)

"The Secret History of Twin Peaks" enlarges the world of the original series, placing the unexplained phenomena that unfolded there into a vastly layered, wide-ranging history, beginning with the journals of Lewis and Clark and ending with the shocking events that closed the finale.

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The Sixteen Trees Of The Somme

Author: Lars Mytting

Publisher: Maclehose Press (2017)

Edvard grows up on a remote mountain farmstead in Norway with his taciturn grandfather, Sverre. The death of his parents when he was a small boy has always been shrouded in mystery – he has never been told how or where it happened, and has only a distant memory of his mother. And the story of his grandfather’s late brother, Einar, is somehow bound up with this mystery. A coffin is delivered long before his grandfather’s death – a meticulous art-deco piece made of flame birch, with the hallmark of a master craftsman. Perhaps Einar is not dead after all. Edvard’s desperate quest to unlock the tragic secrets of two families takes him on a long journey, following a trail of clues from Norway to the Shetlands and to the battlefields of France. Navigating divided wartime allegiances and the love of two women, he is led ultimately to the discovery of a very unusual inheritance. "The Sixteen Trees of the Somme" is a beautifully intricate, moving tale that spans an entire century, about a fascination with wood, about love, and about finding out who you really are.

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The Roaring Boy

Author: Edward Marston

Part of a series: Nicholas Bracewell Mysteries

Publisher: Allison & Busby (2013)

One play, two murders and a grievous miscarriage of justice. After a calamitous performance and the death of one of their own, Lord Westfield's Men are more than despondent. So when the mysterious Simon Chaloner follows Nicholas Bracewell home with the offer of a new play, anonymously penned, his proposal seems too good to refuse. It is the story of a simple death used to conceal a greater treachery, perhaps even treason. But they could never have known how dangerous one play could be. Or how telling the tale of a murdered mathematician might put them all in jeopardy. It is up to Nicholas to once more save the acting troupe from disaster, to reveal the traitor that threatens both Queen and country, and to prove who really killed The Roaring Boy.

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Saving Grace

Author: Jane Green

Publisher: Pan (2015)

A perfect stranger wants her perfect life. Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State. Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organized, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel side-lined in her home - and her marriage - by this ambitious younger woman. Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than first thought?

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The Danger Game

Author: Kevin Brooks

Part of a series: Travis Delaney

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2014)

Fourteen-year-old Travis Delaney is trying to get his life back on track following the crash that killed his parents last summer. The police called it an accident, but Travis knows better. His parents were on to something, and whatever they were investigating . . . ended with their murder. Since Travis's Grandad took over Delaney and Co, things have finally started to look up. But when his private investigation partner, Courtney, is attacked following a routine inquiry into a local business, Travis can't help but get involved, even though he's supposed to be focusing on his own investigation into thefts at school. But what he discovers draws him into more danger than he ever could have imagined. Tangled up in a web of gang warfare, dirty police and secret organisations, Travis needs to find a way out. But at the heart of it all is a traitor. Someone close to Travis. Someone he's supposed to trust. But trust is a dangerous thing.

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Bring Me Back

Author: B A Paris

Publisher: HQ (2018)

Finn and Layla: young and in love, their whole lives ahead of them. Driving back from a holiday in France one night, Finn pulls in to a service station, leaving Layla alone in the car. When he returns, minutes later, Layla has vanished, never to be seen again. That’s the story Finn tells the police. It’s the truth – but not the whole truth. Twelve years later, Finn has built a new life with Ellen, Layla’s sister, when he receives a phone call. Someone has seen Layla. But is it her – or someone pretending to be her? If it is her, what does she want? And what does she know about the night she disappeared? Bring Me Back is the utterly compelling, white-knuckle thriller from Sunday Times bestseller B A Paris.

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King's Cage

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Part of a series: Red Queen

Publisher: Orion (2017)

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country - and his prisoner. As Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organizing and expanding. As they prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows, Cal - the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart - will stop at nothing to bring her back. Blood will turn on blood and allegiances will be tested on every side. If the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

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Still Life

Author: Louise Penny

Part of a series: Chief Inspector Gamache

Publisher: Sphere (2011)

The CWA Dagger-winning first novel from worldwide phenomenon and number one New York Times bestseller Louise Penny, introducing Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force. But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets...

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The Shadow Keeper

Author: Abi Elphinstone

Part of a series: Dreamsnatcher

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd (2016)

Moll Pecksniff and her friends are living as outlaws in a secret cave by the sea, desperate to stay hidden from the Shadowsmasks. But further along the coast lies the ??? of Truth, the only thing powerful enough to force the Shadowmasks back and contain their dark magic. So, together with Gryff, the wildcat that’s always by her side, and her best friends Alfie and Sid, Moll must sneak past smugglers, outwit mer creatures and crack secret codes to save the Old Magic. With more at stake than ever before, can Moll and her friends stop the Shadowmasks before it’s too late?

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A Fatal Grace

Author: Louise Penny

Part of a series: Chief Inspector Gamache

Publisher: Sphere (2018)

The award-winning second novel from worldwide phenomenon and number one New York Times bestseller Louise Penny. Winter in Three Pines, and the sleepy village is carpeted in snow. It's a time of peace and goodwill - until a scream pierces the biting air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Despite the large crowd, there are no witnesses and - apparently - no clues. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache discovers a history of secrets and enemies in the dead woman's past. But he has enemies of his own, and as he is frozen out of decision-making in the Surete du Quebec, he has to decide who he can trust...

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The Tarnished Chalice

Author: Susanna Gregory

Part of a series: Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew

Publisher: Sphere (2018)

On a bitter winter evening in 1356, Matthew Bartholomew, Brother Michael and their book-bearer Cynric arrive in Lincoln. Michael is to accept an honour from the cathedral, and Bartholomew is looking for the woman he wants to marry. It is not long before they learn that the friary in which they are staying is not the safe haven they imagine - one guest has already been murdered. It soon emerges that the dead man was holding the Hugh Chalice, a Lincoln relic with a curiously bloody history. Bartholomew and Michael are soon drawn into a web of murder, lies and suspicion in a city where neither knows who can be trusted.

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Getting Rid Of Matthew

Author: Jane Fallon

Publisher: Penguin (2007)

Breaking up is hard to do. Especially when he's left his wife for you . . . What to do if Matthew, your secret lover of the past four years, finally decides to leave his wife Sophie and their two daughters and move into your flat, just when you're thinking that you might not want him anymore . . . PLAN A: Stop shaving your armpits. And your bikini line. Tell him you have a moustache that you wax every six weeks. Stop having sex with him. Pick holes in the way he dresses. Don't brush your teeth. Or your hair. Or pluck out the stray hag-whisker that grows out of your chin. Buy incontinence pads and leave them lying around. PLAN B: Accidentally on purpose bump into his wife Sophie. Give yourself a fake name and identity. Befriend Sophie. Actually begin to really like Sophie. Snog Matthew's son (who's the same age as you by the way. You're not a paedophile). Buy a cat and give it a fake name and identity. Befriend Matthew's children. Unsuccessfully. Watch your whole plan go absolutely horribly wrong. Getting Rid of Matthew is the sharp and hilariously funny novel from bestselling author Jane Fallon. It was also a Richard and Judy pick.

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Faking Friends

Author: Jane Fallon

Publisher: Penguin (2018)

Best friend, soulmate, confidante . . . backstabber. Amy thought she knew everything there was to know about her best friend Melissa. Then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. Until she pays a surprise trip home to London. Jack is out, but it's clear another woman has been making herself at home in their flat. There's something about her stuff that feels oddly familiar . . . and then it hits Amy. The Other Woman is Melissa. Amy has lost her home, her fiancé and her best friend in one disastrous weekend - but instead of falling apart, she's determined to get her own back. Piecing her life back together won't be half as fun as dismantling theirs, after all.

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The Vinyl Detectives - Victory Disc

Author: Andrew Cartmel

Part of a series: The Vinyl Detectives

Publisher: Titan Books (2018)

When one of his cats accidentally discovers a rare Victory Disc, the Vinyl Detective and his girlfriend Nevada are whisked into the world of big band swing music, and a mystery that began during the Second World War. Hired to track down the rest of the highly sought-after recordings of the Flare Path Orchestra, our hero will discover that the battles of the last world war aren t over yet. And if all this sounds simple, it s only because we haven t mentioned drive-by shootings, murderous neo-Nazis, or that slight case of being buried alive...

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Summer At The Lake

Author: Erica James

Publisher: Orion Books (2014)

Lake Como - beautiful, enchanting, romantic... For Floriana, it is the place where the love of her life is getting married to another woman. And she's been invited to the wedding. For Esme, it is where, over sixty years ago, she fell in love for the first time. So often she's wondered what happened to the man who stole her heart - and changed the course of her life. Adam is in danger of burying himself entirely in his work after his girlfriend left him. Could a trip to Lake Como be the distraction he needs? Now it's time for each of them to understand that the past is not only another country, it can also cast haunting shadows over everyone's lives...

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