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National Reading Group Day

National Reading Group Day takes place on Saturday 24th June in celebration of reading groups and what they mean to people. Libraries and...

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River of Stories

Calibre recently received a donation of a set of four books from the Commonwealth Education Trust titled "A River of Stories" to be recorded and...

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Sebastian Barry wins the Walter Scott Prize for the second time

Irish author Sebastian Barry has won this year's Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction with his epic novel Days Without End, five years after...

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New Books

The Joys of June - 56 New Books

Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature

We've added 56 more books for you in June.

Mrs Tiggywinkle, Jemima Puddleduck and Jeremy Fisher, all much loved characters from Beatrix Potter’s books. But the writer was also a scientist, a farmer – with a special love of Herdwick sheep - and a nature conservationist, sides to her life explored in biographer Linda Lear’s Beatrix Potter: A Life In Nature (011745).

Victoria Hislop has always had a love affair with Greece and its people. Cartes Postales From Greece (011823) finds Ellie receiving postcards addressed to the former female occupant of her flat signed by the mysterious ‘A’. Intrigued she decides to travel to the islands but before she departs a journal arrives from him detailing his many experiences all of which provides a most compelling guidebook.

George Saunders debut novel Lincoln In The Bardo (011862) opens with Abraham Lincoln mourning the death of his beloved son Willie at the beginning of the American Civil War. As Willie’s soul travels through the bardo – a mystical Tibetan realm with its unruly spirits – he struggles to free himself from both their tendrils and his father’s intense grief to move on to a higher place of being.

For lovers of historical fiction looking for writers similar to Philippa Gregory or Joanne Harris, we  recommend Charlotte Betts The Spice Merchants Wife (011865). Young bride Kate Finche’s life is devastated when the flames of the Great Fire of London destroy her family home and her husband Robert has to seek alternative work to ensure their survival. But when he is found mysteriously drowned, Kate finds refuge in The House of Perfume, with blind perfumer Gabriel opening up a whole new world of sensory delight. However, she soon flees this haven of illicit love only to discover her husband’s murderer in hot pursuit.

In 2009 army officer Harry Parker lost a leg after stepping on an IED device in Afghanistan which was also resulted in the amputation of his other leg on his return to the UK. His debut novel,Anatomy Of A Soldier, (011868) recounts the story of bomb blast victim Captain Tom Barnes but also the many characters he meets on his tour of duty. Imaginatively the story, which Alan Bennett has described as ‘marvellously told’, is narrated at times by objects including dog tags, a helmet, a medal, and even the tourniquet that saves Barnes’ life.

Set in 1991 Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing (011899) - which was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 and the Man Booker Prize 2016 - tells the story of Ai-Ming who is invited to be a guest in the Canadian home of ten-year-old Marie and her mother after fleeing the Tiananmen Square protests. The refugee reveals her family’s life in Mao’s revolutionary China from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music of the 1960s, where artists were criticized for their ‘Western decadent music’, to the events that led up to her flight.

When Cambridge student Will Tye falls from the roof of King’s College in Salley Vickers Cousins (11907) and suffers life changing injuries, the event rattles generations of his family throwing up past hidden secrets and tragedies. Cecelia has a special affinity with her cousin and soon realises her own life will be immeasurably changed by her response to this unexpected, terrifying occurrence.

In the barren landscape of the Yorkshire Moors lies White Windows, the isolated mansion of Marcus Twentyman and his widowed sister, Hester. In Sophia Tobin’s third novel, The Vanishing (011913) servant girl Annaleigh travels from London to become their housekeeper but soon discovers that her new situation is full of menace and intrigue where murder may be her only means of escape.

Following her phenomenal success with the Girl on the Train (10392) Paula Hawkins’ new psychological thriller Into the Water (011925) is set in the fictional Northumbrian town of Beckford where several women have met their watery graves though ‘suicides’ and ‘accidents’ in the Drowning Pool. The story unfolds through a series of narrators that also include a detective, but readers will have to pick their way through this cacophony of dissembling voices to discover the truth about what has really been happening.

In Lee Child’s seventeenth Jack Reacher novel, A Wanted Man (011919), our hero is hitching a ride of out Nebraska in the middle of night with a broken nose. He becomes suspicious when he is picked up by an odd pair of guys and a very nervous woman soon realising after being stopped at police roadblocks that they and their female hostage are being hunted following an earlier gruesome murder.   

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 is Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Girl of Ink and Stars (617401). Isabella has been forbidden to leave her home island but dreams of lands her cartographer father mapped. When a friend disappears Isabella armed with her maps and guides offers to guide the search but discovers an island where a mighty fire demon is stirring from its slumber.

For the full list of this month’s new books checkout our New Books page.

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