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World Book Night 2017

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James Runcie

Calibre's Emma Scott interviewed author James Runcie last night at Hemel Hempstead Library. James is the author of the Grantchester mysteries...

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New Books

April's no Shower!

Secrets at the Little Village School

In April we added 62 new books to our library; here are some of our Spring highlights:

Secrets At the Little Village School (011798) by Gervase Phinn finds Ashley Underwood and Emmet O'Malley about to tie the knot in Barton-in-the Dale, but a revelation from the handsome Irishman's past returns to haunt him.

The Flame Bearer (011796) by Bernard Cornwall is the tenth novel in The Last Kingdom series where England's finest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, has the opportunity to take back the home stolen from him by his traitorous uncle. 

The Night Manager (011659) by John le Carré, which received many plaudits for its recent TV adaptation starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, is the chilling story of Jonathan Pine who infiltrates the evil empire of Richard Roper, a man that not only trades in weapons but human souls too.

Golden Hill (011779) by Francis Spufford, which won the 2016 Costa First Novel award, is set in New York in 1746 and follows Richard Hill fresh off the boat with £1,000 order in his pocket and his encounters with a whole new world of trouble. 

Game of Spies (011736) by Paddy Ashdown is a tale of a lethal spy triangle featuring British secret agent Roger Landes, Gestapo counter-espionage officer Friedrich Dohse who was charged with finding him, and French Resistance leader Andre Grandclement, responsible for the most controversial betrayal that took place in wartime France.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (011743) by Rachel Joyce is the story of Queenie who, from her Northumberland hospice bed, writes a letter containing two long buried secrets to her friend Harold who is walking from his home in Devon to visit her for the final time. 

A Life In Questions (011752) by Jeremy Paxman is the candid and uncompromising autobiography of the journalist's life that has taken him from reporting in war zones and trouble spots around the world, to grilling politicians under the glare of the BBC Newsnight studios. 

Closed Casket (011754) by Sophie Hannah finds famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard guests at the party of Lady Athelinda Playford who is about to announce that she has changed her will cutting off her two of her children without a penny and leaving her fortune to someone who only has weeks to live. What possibly could go wrong? 

Homegoing (011795) by Yaa Gyasi follows two sisters, Effia and Esi, with two different lives - one sold into slavery and the other a slave trader's wife. Spanning three continents and seven generations, the reader is taken on a journey from the Gold Coast of Africa to the seedy world of Harlem via the cotton-picking plantations of the Mississippi and the missionary schools of Ghana. 

The Bourne Legacy (011767) by Eric Lustbader discovers Jason Bourne living life as David Webb, a university professor in the backwoods of America with his family. But with a deadly assassin on his trail and his former handler murdered, the killer Bourne re-emerges to take revenge.

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

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