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New Year, New Books!

Dunkirk

Dunkirk (012342) was recently made into a film directed by Christopher Nolan starring Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy and this book by Joshua Levine tells the true story which was the inspiration behind it. In 1940, 300,000 allied troops were stranded at Dunkirk until a flotilla of vessels steered by military officers and civilians arrived to rescue them. This is the extraordinary tale of all of the people involved including the airmen who were taking to the skies to try and protect the men on the ground.

Tess agrees to move into her aged mother-in-law’s idyllic country cottage,in The Gingerbread House by Kate Beaufoy (012369) as she sees it as the perfect opportunity to escape the distractions of the city and start work on a novel. However, life in the Gingerbread House is no fairy tale, as she struggles with the reality of caring for Eleanor, who suffers from dementia.

In Victorian Miniature (012280), Owen Chadwick paints a detailed cameo of nineteenth-century English rural life, in the extraordinary battle of wills between squire and parson in a Norfolk village told through their correspondence and diary entries.

Following on from the popularity of books about animals befriending people in public places comes the story of Felix the Railway Cat by Kate Moore (012354)When Felix arrived at Yorkshire's Huddersfield Train Station as a tiny kitten, no one knew just how important this little ball of fluff would become. Although she has a vital job to do as 'Senior Pest Controller', a chance friendship with a commuter gives Felix the recognition she deserves, catapulting her to international stardom.

Jack Reacher is back in Night School (012364) the 21stbook in the series by Lee Child. This time the story goes back to 1996 where we find Reacher still in his army days and ready to tackle a new enemy. Jack Reacher is fresh off of a successful mission in the Balkans but receives new orders, and with trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders.

The Mountain Between Usby Charles Martin (012370) was made into a film last year starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba and tells the story of Ashley Knox and Dr Ben Payne, two strangers who meet at Salt Lake City airport. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled, Ben finds a charter plane and offers the spare seat to Ashley. But the plane crashes into the wilderness and Ben and Ashley are faced with a battle to survive.

In 1906 San Francisco came crashing down beneath the wave of a horrifying earthquake. Simon Winchester's breathtaking story, “A Crack in the Edge of the World” (012207) portrays the lives of the people who suffered and survived the devastation. He also tells of the hubris of man as he ignores the warnings of nature and how we try to understand the world around us.

Winner of the Finlandia prize and nominated for the Nordic Critics Prize,Iceby Ulla Lena Lundberg (012283) is set in the summer of 1947, and tells the story of Petter, a young priest, who with his wife and baby daughter, arrive by boat at a tiny island, where Petter is to minister to the scattered community. With each season, the family's love of the island grows and when the winter brings ice, a new and tentative link is created.

Author Ellie Dean has firmly established herself as a bestselling writer in the family saga genre and Keep Smiling Through (012361) is the third novel in her Cliffehaven/Beach View Boarding house series. In June 1940seventeen-year-old Rita Smith is home on her own but has plenty of people to turn to in the close-knit community of Cliffehaven. As war rages across Europe, Rita volunteers as a fire warden.When her own home is destroyed Rita vows she will not lose spirit and throws herself into doing her bit for king and country.

Bomber Command: Battle of Berlin (012304) is a collaboration of authors writing to tell the individual stories of some of the thousands of airmen who failed to return from operations as part of the 1943 and 1944 Bomber Command Battle of Berlin. Using family archives, personal testimony and wartime memoirs, the authors piece together the remarkable, yet tragic events surrounding those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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