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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.

We've added 18 books this month!

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July 2019

Cold Blood

Author: Andy McNab

Part of a series: Nick Stone Thriller

Publisher: Corgi (2017)

Out here, the cold isn't the only killer. Nick Stone is suffering. The two people he cared for most are gone. Desperate for the chance to escape his misery, Stone heads north at the summons of his old SAS officer. Five ex-servicemen, badly wounded in Afghanistan, need his back-up for a trek to the North Pole. They meet at the world’s most northerly airport where the polar bear threat makes it illegal not to carry a gun. But it doesn’t take long for Stone and his men to discover that the most dangerous predators in this part of the world walk on two legs, not four. The coldest war of all is just beginning and Stone needs to pick a side.

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Busy Woman Seeks Wife

Author: Annie Sanders

Publisher: Orion (2008)

Every woman's secret desire...is to have a 'her indoors' to do the chores. 'What you need,' said Saffron, pouring Alex another glass of wine, 'is someone to take away your worries, someone you can rely on, someone to deal with all the boring details.' 'But I've got a bloke already,' protested Alex. 'No, no!' replied Saffron. 'I mean, what you need is a WIFE.' On the surface, Alex Hill is every inch the polished high-flying career woman. But that just means she's rushed off her feet with barely enough time to take out the bins, let alone pull together an amazing product launch. Then she discovers her Spanish cleaner has been using her flat to turn tricks in the afternoons, and in her bed! And to top things off, her demanding mother - an ageing 60s-style icon - has a bad fall, requiring her to move in with Alex indefinitely. With so much to juggle, Alex begins to realise that she needs someone more committed than a cleaner - so she advertises for 'a wife'. Enter Ella - a brilliant cook and carer. But Ella isn't quite what she appears, and pretty soon Alex is contemplating 'divorce'...

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The Daydreamer

Author: Ian McEwan

Publisher: Vintage (1995)

Peter Fortune is a boy who likes to daydream. He dreams about swapping bodies with his cat and with his baby cousin, but he gets so lost he’s unsure where one fantasy finishes and the next begins. Cartwheeling through these transformations, Peter eventually finds himself in an adult body experiencing the adventure of falling in love.

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Nothing But Fun In Noisy Village

Authors: Tony Ross, Astrid Lindgren

Publisher: OUP Oxford (2016)

In the middle of the countryside, there are three farms, all in a row, where Lisa, her two brothers and their friends live. Some days they pretend to be shipwrecked pirates. Others they explore the caves across the lake, sell the cherries they've picked, or sleep under the stars after a fishing trip. One day, Lisa even takes her lamb to school! There's never a quiet day for the children of Noisy Village! A charming collection of stories from one of the world's best-loved children's authors.

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My Lovely Wife

Author: Samantha Downing

Publisher: Michael Joseph (2019)

This is a story about a married couple. They met, fell in love, had two beautiful children. So far, so ordinary. But they have a very dark secret. It's a story with a twist. And then another. And another. You might think you've read stories like this before. You'd be wrong. By the end of the first chapter you'll be hooked. At page fifty you might not sleep until you finish. And when you turn the last page, you'll ask yourself one question: How well do you really know the person you love most?

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The Overdue Life Of Amy Byler

Author: Kelly Harms

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (2019)

Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City. Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man in particular makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind. But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.

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Celestial Bodies

Author: Jokha Alharti

Publisher: Sandstone Press (2018)

Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present. Elegantly structured and taut, Celestial Bodies is a coiled spring of a novel, telling of Oman's coming-of-age through the prism of one family's losses and loves.

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Contagion

Author: Teri Terry

Publisher: Orchard Books (2017)

MISSING Calista Tanzer Last seen: 29 June Height: 1.49m Hair colour: black Eye colour: blue Callie is missing. Her brother Kai is losing hope of ever seeing her again. Then he meets Shay, a girl who saw Callie the day she disappeared, and his hope is reignited. Their search leads them to the heart of a terrifying epidemic that is raging through the country. Can Kai and Shay escape death and find Callie? ‘GRIPPING, CHILLING... UNPUTDOWNABLE’ L.A. Weatherly on Slated Contagion is the brand new thriller from the author of the international sensation Slated.

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The Poet X

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher: Electric Monkey (2018)

Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. In her Harlem neighbourhood, her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But X has secrets. Her feelings for a boy in her bio class, the notebook full of poems that she keeps under her bed - and a slam poetry club that will pull those secrets into the spotlight. Because in spite of a world that might not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to stay silent.

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Lies Sleeping

Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Part of a series: Rivers of London

Publisher: Gollancz (2018)

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees. To save his beloved city Peter's going to need help from his former best friend and colleague - Lesley May - who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch . . .

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June 2019

Elizabeth's London

Author: Liza Picard

Publisher: W&N (2004)

Like its acclaimed companion volumes, Restoration London, Dr Johnson's London and Victorian London, this book is the result of the author's passionate interest in the practical details of everyday life so often ignored in conventional history books. It begins with the River Thames, the lifeblood of Elizabethan London, before turning to the streets and the traffic in them. Liza Picard surveys building methods and shows us the interior decor of the rich and the not-so-rich and what they were likely to be growing in their gardens. Then the Londoners of the time take the stage, in all their amazing finery. Plague, smallpox and other diseases afflicted them. But food and drink, sex and marriage and family life provided comfort. Cares could be forgotten in a playhouse or the bull-baiting of bear-baiting rings or watching a good cockfight. Liza Picard's wonderfully skilful and vivid evocation of the London of Elizabeth I enables us to share the delights, as well as the horrors, of the everyday lives of our sixteenth-century ancestors.

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The Quiet At The End Of The World

Author: Lauren James

Publisher: Walker Books (2019)

How far would you go to save those you love? Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking and looking for treasure – until a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Now Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide what to sacrifice to save the whole human race...

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You Then, Me Now

Author: Nick Alexander

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (2019)

She’s given her daughter everything. Now it’s time to give her the truth. Becky’s father is not just absent: he’s a mystery, a gaping hole in her past. He died before she was born and for her mother, Laura, the subject is strictly off-limits. But when Laura books an unexpected trip to Greece, Becky decides to join her, determined to get closer to her mother—and to the truth. As they make their way to the beautiful island of Santorini, it becomes clear that this holiday is not as impulsive as Becky thought. Laura’s hiding something from her daughter—and she’s been hiding it for as long as Becky can remember. Laura has been here before, and that last visit holds the answers to Becky’s past. But Laura’s memories of that first trip are tinged with pain and heartbreak, secrets she’s kept buried for twenty-five years. Now, with the truth emerging into the sunlight at last, can mother and daughter lay the ghosts of their past to rest and find the happiness they’ve both been looking for?

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Can You See Me?

Authors: Libby Scott, Rebecca Westcott

Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books (2019)

With diary entries written by eleven-year-old Libby Scott, based on her own experiences of autism, this pioneering book, written in collaboration with esteemed author Rebecca Westcott, has been widely praised for its realistic portrayal of autism. Tally is eleven years old and she's just like her friends. Well, sometimes she is. If she tries really hard to be. Because there's something that makes Tally not the same as her friends. Something she can't cover up, no matter how hard she tries: Tally is autistic. Tally's autism means there are things that bother her even though she wishes they didn't. It means that some people misunderstand her and feel frustrated by her. People think that because Tally's autistic, she doesn't realise what they're thinking, but Tally sees and hears - and notices - all of it. And, honestly? That's not the easiest thing to live with. Endearing, insightful and warmly uplifting, "Can You See Me?" is a story of autism, empathy and kindness that will touch readers of all ages.

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The Midnight Fox

Author: Betsy Byars

Publisher: Faber & Faber (2014)

Tom, a town boy, is horrified when his parents tell him he has to stay on Aunt Millie's farm while they are away. He finds country life every bit as strange and uncomfortable as he feared. But soon, he discovers a rare black fox with green eyes, living with her cubs in the forest. Suddenly, the summer is full of excitement. That is, until Uncle Fred decides to go after the fox - will Tom save her and her family in time?

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The Secret Dairy Of Kitty Cask: Smuggler's Daughter

Author: Philip Ardagh

Part of a series: The Secret Diaries

Publisher: Nosy Crow (2019)

Kitty Cask is a smuggler’s daughter. Hers is a word of secret caves, shipwrecks, coded messages and even an attempted prison-break! Kitty isn’t supposed to be involved in her father’s schemes… but she soon finds herself in the thick of the action, trying to stay one step ahead of the corrupt redcoats!

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Fly Away

Author: Kristin Hannah

Publisher: Pan Books (2014)

Celebrity news reporter and presenter, Tully Hart, has hit rock bottom. Kate Ryan had been her best friend for more than thirty years. They’d lived, laughed, danced and cried together. Kate had been her anchor, and now Tully was cast adrift – not knowing how she was going to survive. Kate’s daughter, Marah, was only sixteen years old when her mother died. Consumed with guilt over the fights they’d had during the last months of Kate’s life, Marah runs away and becomes a drop-out in society, maintaining no contact with her family. Tully’s mother, Cloud, a child of the Sixties, has lived a world of her own dependent on drugs for most of her adult life. She now wants to prove that she can help her daughter. But what will it take for Tully to forgive? And then something momentous happens which causes each one of them to realize what they’ve done, and what they have become.

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We Are Blood And Thunder

Author: Kesia Lupo

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA (2019)

In a city where magic is feared and the dead are worshipped, life is overshadowed by a powerful and devastating storm cloud. One young woman is running for her life. Another is trying to return home. Both are looking for a place where they belong. But what Lena and Constance don't realise is that the storm cloud binds them. Without it, neither can get what she desires.

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