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October's New Books

Forever and a Day

John Suchet is perhaps most recognisable as a broadcaster and newsreader, however he is also an author and as a fan of classical music he has written a few books on famous composers. Mozart: The Man Revealed (12649) is a biography that examines the many myths and misunderstandings surrounding the world famous composer.

Kate Medina is a relatively new author and if you haven’t come across her work yet and you like psychological thrillers then it is worth giving Fire Damage (12803) a try. This is the first book in a series that features psychologist Doctor Jessie Flynn as she works to try and unlock the memories of a traumatised young boy. She begins to realise that her case is connected with a current army investigation that is being led by a former patient of hers. Kate undoubtedly draws on her own experiences for this novel as she spent time in the Territorial Army and studied for a psychology degree.

Dictator (12736) is the third book in the Cicero trilogy by author Robert Harris. In this instalment we find Cicero fallen from glory with Caesar taking over as the dominant force. Can Cicero once again rise up or will the ambition and corruption of others continue to thwart him?

Author Anthony Horowitz is a big name in children’s books particularly for the series featuring teenage spy Alex Rider and even if you haven’t heard of him before you would have been familiar with some of the television shows he has written for, including Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders. In recent years he has written several books for adults, carrying on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes legacy and creating a new crime series introducing us to Detective Daniel Hawthorne. In Forever and a Day (12766) he has taken up the mantle of writing a new James Bond story just like authors Sebastian Faulks and William Boyd have done before him. This one is a prequel to Casino Royale and tells the story of how James Bond’s career began.

Elaine Everest is an author of family stories and her second book focuses on The Butlins Girls (12749). Set in Skegness, the story follows Molly as she applies for a job as a Butlin's Aunty. When she receives news that she has got the job, she immediately leaves her small home town in the hope of making new friends and getting over the recent traumas that have befallen her.

Bestselling author Wilbur Smith has collaborated with Giles Kristian on the fourteenth title in the popular series involving the Courtney family but this time taking us right back to 1670. Golden Lion (12826) would is a must for any Courtney fans.

Clock Dance (12841) is the latest offering from Anne Tyler who is the author of over twenty novels. Clock Dance is the story of Willa Drake who receives a startling phone call from a stranger that compels her to fly across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory, and surrounded by eccentric neighbours who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfilment in unexpected places.

Miranda Hart is a familiar face on the comedy circuit and on our TV screens and has in recent times starred in the stage version of Annie. In Peggy and Me (12859) Miranda recounts the tale of how she came to own Peggy, a Bichon Frise, and how the dog very quickly stole Miranda’s life and heart. Full of Miranda’s usual good humour this is a book that will appeal to all but definitely to dog owners.

Keeping with the animal theme The Robin: A Biography by Stephen Moss (12675) was a non-fiction hit last Christmas and no doubt found its way into many bird enthusiasts Christmas present stockings. This is the ultimate story of many a gardener’s companion and one to enjoy now they are back in season.

For cricket fans we have Henry Blofeld’s biography Over and Out (12856) where he reflects on his love of cricket and the career it helped shape for him as a commentator on Test Match. Shortlisted for Cricket Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards, this is the account of an icon of sport broadcasting.

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