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The Essex Serpent wins Book of the Year award

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (11740) has been crowned overall 'Book of the Year' at the British Books Awards after previously being named the...

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Alison Weir

We interviewed author Alison Weir this week at Watford Central Library. Alison is the biggest-selling female historian (and the fifth best-selling...

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Calibre patron Anne Fine OBE pays tribute to our wonderful volunteers

Congratulations to Calibre patron Anne Fine OBE FRSL who has been asked to serve on the Society of Authors Council. The body is made up of authors...

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May Mayhem -69 Books

Poirot and Me

It’s May mayhem with 69 new books being put on our library shelves for you to enjoy. We begin with Poirot and Me (011844) by David Suchet - the actor’s fascinating account of playing Belgium’s most famous detective which is full of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and amusing stories; a must for every Agatha Christie fan.

Accompany the Time Traveller in H G Wells’ classic science fiction novel The Time Machine (011830) from a dinner party in Victorian England to AD 802,701 where he meets the Eloi, a society of vegetarian childlike adults. Hold on tight as he speeds through space 30 million years on to witness a dying earth in this visionary, dystopian masterpiece.

In The Long And Winding Road (011731), the third part of Alan Johnson’s memoirs, the politician recounts his journey from trade union official and elected MP for Hull and Hessle, to a variety of ministerial positions including that of home secretary under Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The Thing On The Doorstep And Other Stories (011807) by H P Lovecraft is a collection of unnerving tales that will unsettle even the most hardened aficionados of horror fiction: you have been warned.

SS-GB (011816) by Len Deighton, which was recently dramatized for a BBCTV series, is set in 1941 where the British Armed Forces have surrendered to Germany. With Churchill executed and the King held in the Tower of London, Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer is called to investigate a murder but is caught in a power struggle between his German boss and a SS high-ranking official. 

Zadie Smith’s multi-award winning debut novel White Teeth (011760) centres on three generations of families living in London seen through the eyes of friends Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal.

Black ops specialist Sean Dillonis back in Jack Higgins’ Rain On The Dead (011822) where he thwarts an assassination attempt on former US President Jake Cazelet. He discovers that an old enemy is behind the raid and that any future attack could have a very different outcome.

Katie Piper’s life was changed for ever when she was the subject of a vicious acid attack that left her with extensive facial disfigurement.  In Confidence: The Secret (011838) she shares her challenging experiences and reveals how people can build confidence and self-esteem.

Peter James’ first novel Dead Letter Drop (011834) finds undercover agent Max Flynn with the difficult task of spying on his own side. A mysterious beautiful woman, an innocuous airline ticket and a suspicious suicide – all part of the world of counter espionage. 

Nightingales On Call (011832) by Donna Douglas sees old adversaries, East End Dora and rich kid Jess, in their final months of nurse training paired up on a children’s ward. Each is hiding a shameful secret but they soon realise they have much more in common than they first realised.

Chaos (011835) by Patricia Cornwell follows Dr Kay Scarpetta investigating the death of a cyclist killed by what appears to be superhuman force. When she’s called to another murder her second victim’s body contains residues of a material never found on earth.

In There'll Be Blue Skies (011833) by Ellie Dean 16-year-old Sally is evacuated from war torn London to the South Coast with her crippled brother Ernie. Their new life at the Beach View Boarding House run by the welcoming Reilly family is turned upside down with the arrival of her mother, good time girl, Florrie.

The Family (011845) by Martina Cole is the story of Phil Murphy, successful business and family man who has two very different sides to his life. When his wife Christine discovers his second hidden violent personality her illusions are shattered, but as she soon finds out once in The Family there is no escape.

In Cold Earth (011843) by Ann Cleeves following a torrential storm a mudslide throws up the body of a woman in a red dress which had been hidden in an uninhabited croft. Jimmy Perez sets out to discover who this mystery female is and how she came to die.

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

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