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Latest Library Additions

18 April 2019

Due to requests from members, we have just added The Citadel (13035) by A J Cronin into the library. Archibald Joseph Cronin was a Scottish novelist and physician who wrote his first novel whilst recuperating from a medical condition. His best known work is The Citadel which is the story of a Scottish doctor in a Welsh mining village and is a novel which questions the medical ethics of the day, putting forward some new ideas that were seen as controversial at that time. Notably, this book had some influence in the creation of the National Health Service.

Even if you don’t know who Andrew Lloyd Webber is you undoubtedly would have heard of some of his musicals. From Phantom of the Opera to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Andrew Lloyd Webber has enthralled and entertained us over a period of more than fifty years and you can find out all about his life and career in Unmasked: A Memoir (13085) which is narrated by the man himself.

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley (13136) is the true story of the author who after being outed to his deeply religious parents, was forced to undergo a gay conversion therapy program in order to supposedly “cure” him of his homosexuality. Set in Arkansas in America, Garrard recounts his story and his eventual escape from the traumatic experience. In 2018 this book was made into a film starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe and received several award nominations including a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

If you haven’t discovered the Teacher series of books by Jack Sheffield yet then stop what you’re doing and add them to your reading list. Silent Night (13135) is the eighth book in the series and it is now 1984 at the Ragley on the Forest school where Jack works and Christmas time is fast approaching. Told with his usual wit and humour and depicting exactly what it was like to be a teacher in the 1970s and 80s these stories will entertain and amuse you. If you want to go back to the beginning then why not start with Teacher, Teacher (8022) and work your way through the series.

The Midnight Bell by Jack Higgins (13086) is the twenty second instalment in the series of books featuring Sean Dillon. The plot begins after a threatening warning is delivered just after Sean and his colleagues have defeated an al-Qaeda operation. Events in London and Washington overlap, creating a melting pot of chaos which must be unravelled before the midnight bell tolls. Jack Higgins is a master of adventure and thriller writing and delivers a story to immerse yourself in.

M R Carey is an author who may convince those who don’t think horror is for them to think again. Someone Like Me (13129) is part horror, part psychological thriller and described as a modern day take on Jekyll and Hyde. The main character Liz Kendall is mild mannered and devoted to her children but there is also another darker side to Liz which when it manifests itself has devastating results. The Guardian newspaper calls it “Original, thrilling and powerful” so if this genre takes you out of your comfort zone reading wise it may be the one to take a chance on.

If you have enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (12190) or The Keeper of Lost Things (12406) then The Memory Collector by Fiona Harper (13138) should appeal to you. Here we meet Heather Lucas who has cast her childhood memories aside as they are dominated by her mother’s obsessive hoarding activities. However a secret about her past causes Heather to reflect on why her mother may have been compelled to surround herself with possessions and the only way to discover the truth is for her to go through the remainder of her mothers belongings to find the answers. This book won the 2018 speculative romantic novel award and with the clocks going forward it may be the perfect book to add to your summer reading list.

It has been thirteen years since Marcus Zusak’s last novel The Book Thief (9511) took the literary world by storm, spawning a film and gracing many a book group discussion. Now the author has returned with his new novel Bridge of Clay (13196) focusing on five brothers living in a house without grown-up supervision. Then one day the Dad that left them returns and asks one of them to build a bridge with him. It is Clay who accepts this challenge and what follows is a tale of miracle and redemption handled by a master of storytelling.

Yuval Noah Harari has already had non-fiction bestsellers with Homo Deus and Sapiens (12777) and has followed this up with his newest release 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (13156). Here the author takes us on an investigative journey through some of the more urgent questions of the day such as “How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war?”, “What can we do about the epidemic of fake news?” and “What should we teach our children?” An interesting book that is bound to make you think.

Arthur Conan Doyle was a British writer who is arguably most famous for his detective stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. We have just added A Study in Scarlet to the library (13158) which was in fact the first in this series of books and introduces us to the character. So why not go back to where it all started and either revisit an old friend or be introduced to a new one. The fact that you will enjoy it is surely elementary!

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