IN ADDITION TO a sparkling collection of new books and DVDs added to the shelves since the start of the New Year, we will soon be taking delivery of titles selected from the Richard and Judy Spring 2018 collection, adding some old favourites as well as some new and exciting authors.
In the meantime, here’s a bumper crop of New Year books and DVDs to be going on with.
by Paulo Coelho
WHEN MATA HARI arrived in Paris, she was penniless. Soon she was feted as the most elegant woman in the city, a dancer who shocked and delighted audiences.
As a confidante and courtesan she bewitched the era’s most powerful men. But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion.
In 1917 she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs-Elysees and accused of espionage. Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, this is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to break the conventions of her time, and paid the ultimate price.
A Summer At Sea
by Katie Fforde
ON BOARD A PUFFER BOAT in the Western Isles of Scotland, Emily is spending an idyllic summer at sea. But it’s only a summer, and Emily knows that soon she must return to her single life and her career in town as a midwife.
However, she has not counted on the friends she is making. Or the fun she is having. Or the attraction she is starting to feel for Alastair, the handsome local doctor…
The Hanging Club
by Tony Parsons
A BAND OF VIGILANTE EXECUTIONERS roam London’s hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them until dead. The gang member who abused vulnerable girls. The wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child. The hate preacher calling for the murder of British soldiers.
As the bodies pile up and riots explode across the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe hunts a gang of killers who many believe to be heroes. He discovers that the lust for revenge starts very close to home…
Secrets Of A Happy Marriage
by Cathy Kelly
RECENTLY-MARRIED BESS should be blissfully happy but as she plans a party for her husband the cracks are beginning to show.
Jojo, Bess’s stepdaughter, has a point to make: Bess has swept into her father’s life but she won’t ever replace Jojo’s late beloved mother. Cousin Cari is a strong career woman who isn’t unnerved by anything – apart from facing the man who left her at the altar… and he’s on the guest list.
As the party brings them all together, can the Brannigans discover the secrets of a happy marriage before it’s too late.
by Frances Osborne
THIS TRUE STORY sees Lilla Eckford interned in a Japanese civilian camp in China during the Second World War after an extraordinary early life.
She used her time there to compile a book about the joys of food. This precious cookery book, now in the possession of the Imperial War Museum, inspired Lilla’s great-granddaughter, Frances Osborne, to investigate her enthralling story.
A wonderfully inspiring book, a partial history of the British Empire in the Far East, perfectly captures the story of a generation of women.
Out Of Bounds
by Val Mcdermind
WHEN A TEENAGER JOYRIDER crashes a stolen car, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a 20-year-old murder inquiry.
Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward, but it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself.
Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another case, one that she has no businesses investigating. And as she pieces together decades-old evidence, Karen discovers the most dangerous kind of secrets. Secrets that someone is willing to kill for…
Would Like To Meet
by Polly James
COULD THE WORST THING that ever happened to Hannah Pinkman also turn out to be one of the best?
She and her husband Dan have reached the end of the line. Bored with the same gripes, the same old arguments – in fact, bored with everything – they split up after a trivial row turns into something much more serious.
Now Hannah has to make a new life for herself but it’s not that easy. She’s been so busy being a wife and mother that she’s let all her other interests slip away, along with her friends.
And when Hannah is persuaded to join a dating site, her ‘best match’ is the very last person she expects it to be…
STARRING RACHEL WEISS, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson and Andrew Scott, Denial is the gripping and inspirational story of a relentless fight for justice.
When writer Deborah Lipstadt speaks out against the lies of Holocaust denier David Irving she is faced with a high-stakes battle to uncover one of the darkest deceptions in history.
Passionate, fiery and independent, she decides she must face him in court to fight the battle for the truth, even though the odds are solidly stacked against her.
The Crown, Series One
WITH THE BRITISH EMPIRE in decline and the political world in disarray, a young woman takes the throne… a new era is dawning.
Queen Elizabeth II, a 25-year-old newly-wed, faces the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minster, Sir Winston Churchill.
Created by Peter Morgan, the series explores the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Golden Globe winner for best Television Drama Series.