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International Women’s Day 2019

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CAMEO awards 2019

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New Books

March's New Books

March Books

For those that like a family saga similar to ones written by Dilly Court and Nadine Dorries then you may like Nancy Revell’s series of books. We have just added the first book to the library called The Shipyard Girls (13134), which follows a group of girls who go to work in the shipyards in Sunderland in the 1940s. The author lives in Sunderland so she uses her knowledge of the area along with a personal family history which includes a long line of shipbuilders, for the inspiration behind her stories.

Author Cecelia Ahern’s newest piece of writing is a book of short stories called Roar (13083). Selected for the Radio 2 Book Club back in November 2018, this collection is compiled of thirty short stories featuring all the women who inspire us, encourage us and find strength as they realise they have the power to make changes. Described as “An impressive, timely and entertaining collection” by The Observer this is a book that will appeal if you like to dip in and out of books.

You may not have heard of Helen Fields as a crime author but she has already written six novels and produces engaging, fast-paced crime stories, so she is a name worth adding to your reading list. Perfect Prey (13094) is the second book in the series she has written featuring DI Luc Callanach, who has both French and Scottish heritage and finds himself relocating from working with Interpol in Lyon, to the Edinburgh police force. In this story, Luc and his team must find a couple of killers who appear to be killing on the whim of people selecting victims via the darknet. These are gripping crime stories that will have you saying “just one more chapter” before you can put the book down. There are a few instances with descriptive torture and murder scenes which don’t last very long but may not be for those of a squeamish nature.

Max Hastings is a well-known British journalist and author of several books covering various wars, the latest of which is Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1941-1945 (13084). Including three years of research by the author, the book covers what has become one of the most divisive conflicts in history. Max Hastings has drawn from interviews, documents and memoirs from both sides to pull together this account which has been very well received by a number of newspapers, historians and reviewers.

Barbara Taylor Bradford, author of The Ravenscar Dynasty, has embarked on a new series set in Victorian London. Master of His Fate (13081) is the first of these books to appear and features James Falconer, a barrow boy working in a London market who dreams of building an empire of stores alongside his daughter Alexis. However, beset by tragedy and hampered by betrayal, it may be a dream too far for this family. If you enjoy a good historical saga then this would be one not to miss.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (13080) has already featured in the Sunday Times top five bestseller list and is one that is appearing in many reviews so why not listen to it to see what has got everyone talking. The story follows a group of friends who gather in a remote hunting lodge in Scotland only for one of them to end up dead but who among the party is the murderer? This is the author’s first crime novel and is reminiscent of a classic “whodunit” story.

Before the crime-solving psychologist duo of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, there was Lindsay Gordon, a freelance journalist who finds herself investigating murders, all the creations of popular crime author Val McDermid. This series has just been released into audio and we have just added the third, fourth and fifth instalment to the library titled Final Edition (13130), Union Jack (13132) and Booked for Murder (13131). If however, you want to do things in order then start the series with Report for Murder (12656) and follow on with Common Murder (12878).

The Duchess: The Untold Story by Penny Junor (13079) is the story of Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall and her relationship with Prince Charles. A Sunday Times bestseller that was deemed an “explosive biography” on its release, this is one that could divide opinions so might be the perfect title to set a book discussion alight.

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