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National Reading Group Day 2019

National Reading Group Day is run by The Reading Agency, in partnership with the Booksellers Association and takes place on Saturday 15th June in...

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D-Day 75

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New Books

June's New Books

Kitty - June

We are pleased to announce that we have added three more of the books which appeared on the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 shortlist this month, which means five out of six books that were on the shortlist are now available via Calibre’s audio library. Circe by Madeline Miller (13291), Ordinary People by Diana Evans (13255) and My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (13264) can now be borrowed along with The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (13098) and Milkman by Anna Burns (13019). So why not take a listen and decide which one would be your winner.

Ian McEwan is back with his latest offering Machines Like Me (13271) set in an alternative 1980’s London. Here we meet Charlie who is in love with Miranda and after coming into some money has just invested in Adam, one of the first batches of synthetic humans. After programming Adam’s personality into a near-perfect human a love triangle forms and the three will face a moral dilemma which ultimately begs the question of what makes us human?

A group of high school students find themselves thrown together in detention in Karen McManus’s One of Us Is Lying (13233) but not all of them get out alive. This is an incredibly engaging, contemporary thriller where you don’t know who to suspect and it will have you guessing to the very satisfying end.

True crime stories remain a popular category and we have just added a new one to the collection. The Murders at White House Farm by Carol Ann Lee (13203) cover the notorious murders of the Bamber family in the 1980s. Their surviving son Jeremy claimed that he had received a call from his father stating that his mother had started firing a gun at them so he then raised the alarm. The offending weapon was indeed found by his mother’s side but as the police investigation continued they turned their attention to Jeremy as his story didn’t quite add up. Jeremy has always professed his innocence but is he guilty or not? Listen to the story and make up your own mind.

If you like good old fashioned crime novels then why not try Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders by Kate Griffin (13272). Set around the popular music halls of the period the story introduces us to Kitty who works for the fearsome Lady Ginger in the East End of London. Kitty is tasked by Lady Ginger to find out why some of the music hall girls have gone missing and if she doesn’t succeed she will never find out the secret of what happened to her brother who she believed to be dead. A very enjoyable book with vibrant characters and a plot that keeps you riveted.

When Hitler broke his pact with Stalin in 1941 and declared war on the Soviet Union the country was thrown into turmoil. The Russian people suffered starvation and fear as they battled to survive in the harsh winters, with one of the affected areas being Leningrad which was besieged and cut off. The Diary of Lena Mukhina (13116) is Lena’s account of what life was like during that time as she goes from a carefree teenager to chronicling her everyday hunt for food and the struggle to stay alive. This is a book with impact and one that will give a real insight of the siege from someone who experienced it.

The Chestnut Manby Soren Sveistrup (13235) was billed as one to watch on its release at the beginning of the year. This Scandi noir novel centres on a quiet Copenhagen suburb where the police have just made a terrible discovery of a murdered woman who is missing one of her hands and has a doll made of chestnuts hanging over her body. This is the first novel by the writer of the hit TV show The Killing, and according to bestselling author Jeffery Deaver “…might just be the thriller of the year.” If you like a gritty, crime thriller and enjoy the Scandinavian offerings then this is one to try.

Bookbinding is an age old skill and something of an art form. So imagine living in a world where a bookbinder is an occupation that is surrounded by fear and superstition just as it is in The Binding by Bridget Collins (13236).  In this story bookbinding comes with the power to bind memories of events that people want to forget inside the pages of a book. These secrets are then locked away and stored safely until one day, apprentice book binder Emmett Farmer looks inside the vault and finds a book with his name on it. This was a Sunday Times bestseller early in 2019 and a good one to take a chance on.

If you have been lucky enough to discover Jane Harper’s first two books, The Dry (11901) and Force of Nature (12664) then you’ll no doubt be pleased to hear she is back with her latest novel The Lost Man (13256) another gripping crime story. Set in the remote Australian outback, two brothers meet at the border of their homesteads and discover the body of their middle brother Cameron. The family descends into anguish as they attempt to seek answers and discover if Cameron seemingly walked to his death. The author is exceptional at building characters and examining relationships and expertly conveys the stark wilderness and oppressive heat of the outback. It is a story which will keep you hanging onto the end and wondering when the next Jane Harper book will be out.

Mario Puzo is perhaps most well-known for his novel The Godfather which was made into a film of the same name starring Marlon Brando but he also wrote several other novels, one of which is The Fortunate Pilgrim (13189). This is the story of an immigrant family who have moved from an Italian farm to the cramped city of New York. The family matriarch Lucia, must take her family through the depression and early years of the war whilst also navigating the conflict between American and Italian values. This is a timeless story, with events that are still being experienced by immigrants in today’s society.

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