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December's New Books

Killing Eve

The television drama “Killing Eve” which has recently aired on the BBC had everyone talking about it, but did you know the story was based on books by Luke Jennings? Codename Villanelle (12981) and Villanelle: Hollowpoint (12982) introduces us to the assassin Villanelle and Eve Polastri, an intelligence officer tasked to hunt her down. A deadly pursuit ensues, with both women gradually becoming more obsessed with each other.


One of the latest trends in the publishing world is books being written by professionals relating their experiences in their chosen careers particularly in the medical world. Your Life in My Hands: A Junior Doctor’s Story (12875) is Rachel Clarke’s experiences of being a junior doctor on the front line of the NHS. She highlights both the plight and struggles of the NHS and the optimism and support that keep it afloat.


If you haven’t come across the author John Boyne yet then here is your chance to give him a try. He is just as well known for his books for children as for his adult fiction and he is a brilliant storyteller as demonstrated in his book A House of Special Purpose (12936). Set in Russia in 1915, Boyne takes on the story of the Russian Imperial Family who at the time is under the cloud of Rasputin’s influence. Weaving fact with fiction the author takes on the mystery of what might have happened to Princess Anastasia.


Author Minette Walters who is a household name in the crime genre has turned her hand to writing historical fiction and continues the story started in “The Last Hours” with the next book The Turn of Midnight (12980). The Black Death continues its devastating course across England and in Dorsetshire, the quarantined people of Develish question whether they are the only survivors.
Actors and married couple Prunella Scales and Timothy West appeared on television demonstrating their love of travelling by narrow boat as they navigated Britain’s canals. Our Great Canal Journeys (12869) captures their memories of these expeditions whilst also recounting tales from their acting life.


If you are a fan of Rosie Archer, Maggie Hope or Annie Murray then you may enjoy Kate Thompson’s family saga stories. The Allotment Girls (12943) follows Annie, Rose, Pearl and Millie who all work in the Bryant and May match factory as World War Two unfolds. Inspired by the Dig for Victory campaign, they create an allotment in the factory gardens, a project that brings them enjoyment and escape from all that is happening around them.


Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (12870) is the true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program. Brought to the big screen in the movie adaptation in 2016 starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, this story is one that was previously untold and highlights the work of these women whose work had a massive impact on the world.


Actor Tom Hanks can be identified for his roles in films such as Saving Private Ryan, Forest Gump and The Green Mile, however he has taken a break from his acting work to write a collection of short stories. Uncommon Type: Some Stories (12962) features an array of characters and situations in the seventeen stories included, so there is something for everyone. Why not give it a listen and see if his writing is as good as his acting.


Belinda Bauer has just won the Crime and Thriller book of the year at the Specsavers National Book Award for her book “Snap” which is her eighth book. However, her writing career all started with a book called Blacklands (12934) which also won the CWA Gold Dagger for crime novel of the year. An engaging crime story that follows Steven, a twelve-year-old boy who is determined to find the body of his missing uncle who is believed to be the victim of a notorious serial killer who is in prison. In his quest to bring closure to his family, Steven takes the unusual step of writing to the serial killer to ask for his help but this turns into a dangerous game. If you like a good crime thriller, look no further than Belinda Bauer.


Why not revisit an old classic with Barbara Pym’s Quartet in Autumn (12864) which was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1977. Known for her social comedies, Pym sets this story in an office environment and introduces us to three people working there who all have different backgrounds but they all share one thing in common, they are lonely. According to Lord David Cecil, and the poet Philip Larkin, Barbara Pym was the most under-rated writer of the century so why not give the book a try and see if you agree. 

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