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New Books

September's New Books


Author V S Naipaul sadly died in August this year at his home in London. He was born in Trinidad but later moved to Britain to study at Oxford. He wrote over thirty fiction and non-fiction books in his career. A House for Mr Biswas (12734) was V S Naipaul’s fourth novel telling the story of a man who is an outsider that refuses to conform to the customs of his grander in-laws whose house he lives in. Finally finding a house of his own, he triumphs over the smaller minds who try to repress him. If you have never come across any of Naipaul’s stories before then give this a try.

Force of Nature (12664) is Jane Harper’s second novel and follows on from her first novel The Dry (11901). Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of missing bushwalker, Alice Russell. Alice knew secrets about the company she worked for and the people she worked with. In an investigation that takes Falk from corporate heartland to isolated bushland, he discovers that every person on that retreat had something to hide.

Selected for the summer 2018 Richard and Judy Book Club, The Party by Elizabeth Day (12687) is a gripping story of privilege and betrayal set in the heart of the British Establishment where a group of people are brought together to attend a 40th birthday party. The author is an award-winning journalist and has written extensively for the Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian, the Observer, the Mail on Sunday, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle.

If you have never taken a trip to the gardens of Sissinghurst then let author Adam Nicholson describe to you the wonders of the garden and the history that made it. Created in the early 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, the poet and gardening writer, Sissinghurst (12733) is Adam’s recollection of his family home as he is Vita’s grandson, telling the history and the subsequent story of the passionate efforts to restore his family's celebrated garden.

You may be familiar with the family saga tales from author Maggie Hope that are set in the North-East of England, however you may not know that this is a pseudonym used by Una Horne. This month we have added Early One Morning (12691) by Una Horne to the library which is the story of Eliza who is hoping her husband Jack will put his gambling days behind him after the birth of their baby. But after losing everything Jack disappears only to return with Eliza believing him to be a changed man but things aren’t quite as they seem.

1356 by Bernard Cornwell (12730) is the fourth book in his Grail Quest series where The Hundred Years War rages on and the bloodiest battles are yet to be fought across France. As the outnumbered English army becomes trapped near the town of Poitiers, Thomas of Hookton, an English archer known as Le Bâtard, his men and his sworn enemies meet in an extraordinary confrontation that ignites one of the greatest battles of all time.

Sometimes the right book at the right time can be a salve for the soul and William Sieghart has taken this thought and applied it to poetry, creating his collection called The Poetry Pharmacy (12720). Described as “a matchless compound of hug, tonic and kiss” by Stephen Fry the poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice offer comfort, delight and inspiration for all. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain.

Field Grey by the late Philip Kerr (12686) is the seventh book in the Bernie Gunther series of thrillers. In this instalment Bernie Gunther sails to Florida, where he's arrested, returned to Cuba and imprisoned. There he meets Castro, and a French intelligence officer, Thibaud. Bernie is flown to Berlin with a proposition: work for the French or hang for murder. But Bernie's past as a German POW in Russia is about to catch up with him - in a way he could never have foreseen. If you enjoy a good thriller then it is worth giving Philip Kerr’s books a try.

The diary of Doreen Bates is a candid, spellbinding portrait of a gutsy young woman working in London in the years before and during the Second World War, as well as an extraordinary account of her long affair with an older, married colleague - one that brazenly challenged the strict conventions of the day. The Diary of a Wartime Affair (12673) is a fascinating period piece and insight into life in the 1930s and 40s.

Why not revisit or even discover for the first time a noted classic in the form of Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott (12839). Published in 1816 it is widely recognised as some of Scott’s finest writing and is the story of Frank Osbaldistone who becomes involved in the conspiracy surrounding the disastrous Jacobite rising of 1715. His adventures take him to "MacGregor's country", where his path crosses with the mysterious maverick outlaw known as Rob Roy.

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