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BBC Adaptation of Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard

Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard - the story of Yvonne Carmichael who lives a conventional suburban life which is thrown into chaos by a passionate...

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Beat the January blues with The Little Book of Hygge

The concept of Hygge (Hooga) is said to be the secret weapon that makes Denmark the happiest country in Europe. Explaining what it actually is, is...

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2013 Costa Book Awards

The Costa Book Awards individual category winners: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book, have been announced. Francis...

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New Year, New Books!

61 Hours

For the New Year we have added ninety-one new books to our library including the winner and shortlisted titles of the Man Booker Prize 2016.

Jack Reacher is back in Lee Child’s 61 Hours(011604) encountering a band of outlaw bikers, a criminal Mexican mastermind and an assassin hell-bent on neutralising Janet Salter, a prosecution witness the investigator is charged to protect.

The Man Booker 2016 prize winner The Sellout(011567) by Paul Beatty is a biting satire about a man who attempts to reintroduce slavery and segregation in his Los Angeles neighbourhood landing himself in the Supreme Court. Amanda Foreman, Chair of the judges commented “Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with abandon and takes aim a racial and political taboos with wit, verve and a snarl.”

Man Booker Prize 2016 shortlisted author, David Szalay’s All That Man Is(011570) is a tale of nine men each at a different stage of life, each away from home, all attempting to understand what it means to be alive, here and now.

Also on the Man Booker Prize 2016 shortlist Graeme Macrae Burnet’s psychological thriller His Bloody Project(011568) is set in 1869 and recounts the trial of Roderick Macrae accused of a triple murder in a remote Highland crofting community.

Calibre patron Gervase Phinn’s The School Inspector Calls(011588) is the third novel in the Little Village school series. Summer has arrived in Barton-in-the-Dale and as a new term begins it’s not just warm weather that’s getting people hot under the collar.

Shirley Hazzard’s third novel The Transit of Venus(011443) tells the story of two orphan sisters, Caroline and Grace Bell, as they leave Australia to begin a new life in post-war England.

In Ngaio Marsh’s The Nursing Home Murder(011478) Chief Inspector Alleyn investigates the mysterious death of a controversial member of the House of Lords who has many enemies.

The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Garden (011499) 83 ¼by Hendrick Groen is a funny, gentle tale about friendship, love and an old man who is young at heart.

Alan Bradley’s The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches(011547) finds 11-year-old aspiring detective Flavia de Luce waiting at a railway station for the arrival of her long-lost mother. A tall stranger whispers a cryptic message in her ear but seconds later disappears under the wheels of an oncoming train.

A Dog Called Hope(011627) by Damien Lewis is the incredible story about Napal, a remarkable service dog who helps restore the self-confidence of a wheelchair-bound soldier enabling him to enjoy life again.

Quite a selection there! For the full list of this month’s new books checkout our New Books page.

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Calibre Dogs Blog - Chapter 5 Louis

Loius Dog

Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Louis and I’m a Bichon Frise. Strictly speaking I’m a dog but my owners say I’m more like a hairy human toddler, but without the tantrums. I love humans but find them hard to understand which is why I enjoyed The Humans(10102) by Matt Haig  so much, as well as The Incredible Human Journey(9230) by Alice Roberts. When I’m not eating and tormenting the people around me I love to relax. Some of you might not find it as easy to switch off as I do, so I recommend you have a look at Purely Relaxation(9328), and Rest and Sleep(617115), both by Linda Hudson.

My ancestors were especially popular with French nobility in the 16thcentury but over the years the breed fell from favour and became street dogs accompanying organ grinders, and performing in circuses and fairs. My talent for performing is still there and I sometimes have a yen to pack up my knapsack and join the circus. But that would mean leaving my comfy home so I have to content myself with reading books like Mr Nobody’s Eyes(616575) by Michael Morpurgo.

King Henry III of France loved his bichon so much that he allegedly carried him around in a papoose! Pop star Robbie Williams has been photographed with his in a backpack too. Then there’s Gracie, another Calibre Bichon who comes to work in a backpack on a bike. No, honestly! Just read Ten Poems About Dogs (9113) to get an idea of how potty humans can be about dogs.

My favourite book of all time is, of course, The Incredible Journey(1919), also a Disney film, though how come the two dogs and the cat managed to lose their owners is beyond me, I don’t let mine go further than the end of the garden without making a BIG fuss…

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