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The Underground Road clinches the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017

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Stories for September

The Girl Before

As the autumnal light begins to dim and the nights drawn in, why not curl up on the sofa and listen to some of our 64 new books we’ve added to our library.

Ian Rankin’s famous detective, John Rebus, is back in Rather Be the Devil (012103) on the hunt for the killer of glamorous socialite Maria Turquand, a mystery unsolved for forty years. Elsewhere in Edinburgh, the Young Turk Darryl Christie makes a play to become king of the city’s criminal underworld believing that Rebus’ long-time adversary Big Ger Caffety has gone into retirement. Is this so or is he silently waiting in the wings to reclaim his crown? 

Joan Bakewell is a journalist, broadcaster, novelist and playwright who also sits in the House of Lords speaking out on issues she feels passionately about. Now in her ninth decade, Stop the Clocks (011997) finds her musing on the many changes in her life she has witnessed and the items and values she will leave behind.

When Jane, the traumatized young woman in J P Delaney’s The Girl Before (012107), stumbles across the most beautiful ultra-minimalist house to rent, she falls in love with the building and the architect who designed it. But after moving in she discovers that Emma, the previous tenant, met with a mysterious death and begins to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. The movie of the book directed by Ron Howard is due for release in 2018.

Helen Czerski’s Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life (011999) links the small things we encounter every day with the wider world we live in - from popcorn and coffee stains to even fridge magnets. In this fun approach, she explains current science and technology as well as the influences that will be central to future medical advances and our energy needs.

Crisis (012000) is the BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner’s debut novel. Ex-Special Boat commando Luke Carlton under contract to MI6 is sent to the Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer. Hunted down by the psychotic leader of one of South America’s most ruthless drug cartels, Carlton finds himself racing against time to prevent a major disaster in London of a truly ghastly scale.

Set in the 1920s Carola Dunn’s Death at Wentwater Court (012079) opens with Daisy Dalrymple on  her way to interview the suave Lord Stephen Astwick for Town and Country magazine. However, when the aristocrat meets an icy end on the skating pond our sleuth joins forces with Scotland Yard to prove his death was not an accident. 

Katie Fforde’s central character in The Perfect Match  (012092) is Bella Castle who, after fleeing from a disastrous affair with Dominic Thane, makes a new life for herself in the country working as an estate agent. She falls in love with new boyfriend Nevil but he becomes preoccupied and distant. Unexpectedly Dominic turns up searching for his dream house churning up her emotions all over again. Surely, she’s still not in love with him?

In Peter May’s Coffin Road (012051) a man is washed ashore on the Hebridean Isle of Harris with no idea how he got there. His only clue is a map marking the track called the Coffin Road which, even though it fills him with fear, he knows he must follow to discover his identity.

It's 1957 and in Sebastian Barry’s The Temporary Gentleman (012080) Jack McNulty, a former WWII army officer, UN observer and engineer is sitting in his lodgings in Accra. He starts to write his story including his tumultuous marriage to Sligo beauty Mai Kirwan, but this act throws up many hidden demons and past regrets.

Rosie Archer’s The Ferry Girls (012081) is the story of Vee Smith, a 22-year-old young woman who begins work on Gosport’s ferries when the men go off to war. But Vee has a secret: she is half German and her real name is Violetta Schmidt. Will her fellow workers with whom she goes dancing on a Saturday night still like her if they discover her real identity or will she and her mother be interned as enemy aliens?

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

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