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New Books

New Books for September


If you’re often thinking you should try more of the classic authors in literature then why not give R F Delderfield a try? Ronald Frederick Delderfield was born in 1912 and wrote forty-nine novels and plays before he died in 1972 with many of his novels being adapted for television. We have just added All Over the Town (13385) to the library which charts the return home of Nat Hearn from his service in the war to a new job as an assistant editor for his local paper. This is an exploration of small town life and the internal politics of a community and its newspaper.

Fantasy fiction is one of those genres that people may be wary of trying if they have not dabbled before but let us try and tempt you with Samantha Shannon’s book The Bone Season (13412). Set in the year 2059, we are introduced to Paige Mahoney who is a dreamwalker, talents which in her world are considered treasonous. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom, she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die. This is the first in a series which has already been optioned for the screen by Imaginarium Studios, owned by Andy Serkis who played the character Gollum in Lord of the Rings.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018, and announced Crime and Thriller book of the year at the National Specsavers Book Awards, Snap by Belinda Bauer (13417) is a book for your must read pile. On a hot summers day, a family car breaks down with the Mum leaving the kids in the car while she goes to get help. Jack the oldest is left in charge of his two sisters but as time goes on it becomes apparent that their Mum is not going to return. Three years later and Jack is still in charge of his sisters and of finding out what happened to his Mum. Belinda Bauer never disappoints both in her ability to keep you on the edge of your seat with her plot lines and creating characters that live on in on your imagination long after you’ve finished reading.

The Big Yin, otherwise known as comedian Billy Connolly is back on his travels for a new television series. Despite battling with Parkinsons disease he is off on a great American trail following the migratory wanderings of Scottish people. We have just added one of Billy’s previous journey’s Billy Connolly’s Route 66 (13420) to the library. Travelling all 2,488 miles of this epic road, Billy tells the story of the people who live by it and have travelled it and why it became so iconic.

Life on Earthby David Attenborough (13447) was first published forty years ago and fundamentally changed the way we view and interact with the natural world, influencing a generation of nature lovers. His meeting with the gorillas is one of the golden moments of television history and his explanation of the evolution of life on earth made the book one of the most famous books in its category. If you have never come across this book before then let David talk you through it and reignite your interest in nature.

Tony Parson’s series featuring Detective Max Wolfe is coming to an end with the final book in the series called #Taken (13451). There is a case of mistaken identity in this story as kidnappers take the wrong woman and Max Wolfe is tasked with hunting for her and the people who took her. However, if you want to experience Max Wolfe’s story from the beginning then we have the other five books in the series ready to borrow from the library.

Tom Clancy is a well-known name in adventure fiction but before coming an author he was an insurance broker with a passion for naval history. His dream of writing a novel came true with his first book The Hunt for Red October (13480) which is now available in the library. It was initially well received but it achieved global success when President Reagan declared it the “perfect yarn”. This catapulted Clancy onto the bestseller lists and resulted in the book being made into a film starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin. Add this one to your reading list and discover why Tom Clancy was a master of his art.

East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman (13487) is the first in a new series featuring accidental hero Jay Qasim. A drug dealer by trade with the keys to his first BMW and living in West London with his Mum means that life is pretty good for Jay, until he realises that MI5 are watching him as they think he is just the man they need for a delicate job. Billed as a funny and gripping spy thriller, this book has already been shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award 2019 and the CWA John Creasey Debut Dagger Award 2018 and was the Telegraph book of the year so will be one to watch out for.

Nigella Lawson began her career in media and food by writing restaurant columns for the Spectator before going on to be a deputy literary editor of the Sunday Times. Her first cook book How to Eat (13440) was published in 1998 and launched her onto our screens and into our homes as she taught us how to find time to cook in the increasingly busy lifestyles that we lead, with simple recipes and tips to make things easier. It was praised by critics as a valuable guide to cooking and is one of the classic recipe books to have on your shelves.

The Quakerby Liam McIlvanney (13486) won the Scottish Crime Book of the Year in 2018 and is the first in the series featuring Detective Inspector Duncan McCormack. It is 1969 and a serial killer known as the The Quaker stalks the streets of Glasgow but after six months of investigating the police have nothing to go on. DI McCormack is called in to lead the case amidst anger from the local force that their work is being called into question. It is not long before another body is found and McCormack must follow a trail of secrets to uncover the truth.

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