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New Books for November

November Adult

Based on historical fact The Revenant by Michael Punke (13588) is the story of Hugh Glass, a fur trader on the American frontier in the 19th Century. Hugh was attacked by a bear and then left for dead by two of his party who had been ordered to stay behind and await his death and give him a proper burial. What follows is a tale of revenge and redemption and is so well written that it makes you want to keep on reading. The description of the wilderness is such that you can place yourself in the cold, barren landscape and the author forms the characters so well that you are able to feel something for all of them including the ones who are less significant to the plot. Made into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this story is absolutely captivating and is even more amazing knowing that it actually happened.

If you like authors like Jenny Colgan and Veronica Henry then you should take time to discover Cathy Bramley too. The Plumberry School of Comfort Food (13568) is a new cookery school which Verity Bloom has helped her friend set up even though she has lost interest in cooking since losing her best friend and baking companion. When tragedy strikes the school however can Verity find the magic ingredients she needs for it to survive? If you are missing the Great British Bake Off on TV then this may be one to fill the gap!

Writer and broadcaster Clive James penned a set of poems called Sentenced to Life (11578) when he was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010. However, on finding he had more time left than expected he wrote another collection titled Injury Time (13514) which we have just added to the library. These poems address his desire to use the time he has left even more wisely and explores the comfort and consolation he has found in arts, music and literature whilst continuing to treasure every moment.

At first glance A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell (13550) may not sound like everyone’s cup of tea but it is one of the definitive texts when studying philosophy and is a great one to dip into for the curious novice too. Socrates, Aristotle, Descartes and Hume are just some of the influencing thinkers represented as well as interesting chapters on the rise of Greek civilisation and the influence of Sparta. This is a book that will make you think.

Most people will be familiar with actor David Jason’s interpretation of DI Jack Frost, tackling crime in the town of Denton in the television series “A Touch of Frost”. But did you know this was a whole series of books by author R D Wingfield, written throughout the 80s and 90s? We have just added Night Frost (13464) which is the third in the series but why not start at the beginning with Frost at Christmas (13373) followed by A Touch of Frost (8281).

Are you lacking time to sit and listen to books in the run up to the busy Christmas period? Then a short story collection might appeal such as Louis de Bernieres latest offering, Labels and Other Stories (13582). These tales transport us around the globe, from the London Underground to Turkish ruins to the banks of the Amazon. A perfect antidote for the stresses of the season and a good excuse for taking a break and getting away from it all for just a little while.

Andrew Taylor continues his successful detective and mystery series featuring James Marwood and Cat Lovett with The Kings Evil (13536). In the Court of Charles II, it’s a dangerous time to be alive – a wrong move could lead to disgrace, exile or death. The discovery of a murder at Clarendon House, the palatial home of one of the highest courtiers in the land, could have catastrophic consequences. James Marwood, a traitor’s son, is ordered to cover up the murder. But if he makes a mistake, it could threaten not only the government but the King himself.

If you are looking for a new contemporary author to try, then it is worth adding Lisa Jewell to your list. In I Found You (13581), Alice finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him into her home. But who is he, and how can she trust a man who has lost his memory? Lisa Jewell is a Sunday Times bestselling author who started off writing contemporary fiction before moving into writing thrillers.

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