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Anita Shreve

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Ready Player One

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Stephen Hawking

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New Books

April's Entertainment

Life in the Garden

Ever wondered how the Humboldt penguin got its name? Author Andrea Wulf will tell you all about it in her book The Invention of Nature (012325), a biography of the scientist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt. This book charts the extraordinary adventures of this remarkable man who inspired Charles Darwin, amongst others, and who predicted climate change as early as the 1800s. This book won the 2015 Costa Biography Award and the Royal Society Book Prize in 2016 and it explains why Humboldt’s life and ideas are still so influential today.

Described as “an evocative and stunning debut” by author Jane Harris, The Boy made of Snow by Chloe Mayer (012439) tells the story of Annabel and her son Daniel and what happens when they befriend Hans, a German prisoner of war. Set in an English village in 1944 Annabel and Daniel get caught up in a world of secrets with devastating consequences.

As a keen gardener herself, Penelope Lively’s book Life in the Garden (012462) is part memoir of the authors own experiences with gardens and also an exploration of gardens in literature and other writers and their gardens. Described as a “perfect bedside book” by the Sunday Express it was also a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week in 2017.

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, is back with her new novel The Music Shop (012465).  Set in 1988 and focusing on Frank who owns a music shop specialising in vinyl records, this is the story about the triumph of a quiet hero and how music can bring us back to life.

The Chalk Man (012490) is the chilling debut by C J Tudor which according to the Daily Express will “keep you up all night with the lights on”. In 1986 Eddie met Mr Halloran -The Chalk man – who gave him the idea of drawing messages in chalk to communicate with his friends. It started as a bit of fun but ended with a shocking discovery. Now thirty years later Eddie receives a stick of chalk and a drawing of a figure through the post leaving him to wonder if history is about to repeat itself.

The Midnight Lineby Lee Child (012547) is the twenty second instalment in the popular series featuring Jack Reacher, a previous employee of the military police in the US Army. Reacher roams the country taking jobs investigating suspicious circumstances where his particular expertise comes in handy.

Nigel Slater’s descriptive talent brings dishes to life as a TV cook and this extends into his writing on the subject. The Christmas Chronicles (012459) is part recipe book, part reminiscence, part memoir as each page describes the winter period from November to January with Nigel’s personal memories intertwined with myth and folklore that are all part of the season and which is emphasised by the recipes he includes. This will make you nostalgic, hungry and ready for next winter!

Blood in the Cotswolds (012484) sees Thea Osborne house-sitting in the charming Cotswold village of Temple Guiting. But when a skeleton is discovered at the roots of an old beech tree, and there is no concrete evidence as to who the bones belonged to, Thea soon finds herself drawn into a murder investigation. The Cotswolds Mysteries are all by Rebecca Tope are perfect for fans of authors like M.C Beaton, Ann Granger and Elly Griffiths.

Paul Theroux is well-known for his travel writing and The Great Railway Bazaar (012513) is the account of his epic journey through Asia by train. Filled with stories of the places he visits and the people he encounters along the way, this piece of travel writing pays tribute to the joys of railways and travelling by train.

If you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a library then listening to Reading Allowed by Chris Paling (012417) is a must. The author is a librarian in a small-town library in the South of England and he expertly captures the essence of what it is like to be on the front line of this valued service, along with introducing us to some of the fascinating characters who come through the door. This book will enlighten you but also emphasise the importance of libraries and why we still need them.

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

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