TAKE A WORLD TOUR with the latest selection of new titles added to the Library shelves, starting in London with the petty politicking that surrounded the early days of Queen Victoria’s reign and ending with a murder thriller set in the US city of Atlanta, Georgia.
En route, our tour will take in the unique and beautiful city of Venice for a bit of soul searching, before moving on for an odyssey in Greece, courtesy of the imaginative writings of Victoria Hislop.
Once you’ve soaked up the charms of our Victoria-Victoria tales, it’s time to fire up the DVD player to check out our latest recommendation, for the next film chapter in the Bridget Jones saga.
by Daisy Goodwin
IN JUNE 1837, the 18-year-old Victoria wakes up to find that she is Queen of the most powerful nation in the world.
But will she be Queen in her own right, or a puppet controlled by her mother and the sinister Sir John Conway? Everyone wants her to get married, but Victoria has no intention of entering into a marriage of convenience with her cousin Albert, a shy bookworm who on their last meeting didn’t even know how to dance.
She would much rather reign alone with a little help from her Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. He is the only man who believes she will be a great Queen, and he knows how to make her laugh. A husband would only get in the way…
The library also on DVD the BBC-TV series Victoria (ID: DS 0364) starring Jenna Coleman as Victoria, Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert.
One Summer in Venice
by Nicky Pellegrino
ADDOLORATA MARTINELLI KNOWS she should be happy. She has everything she thought she wanted – her own business, a husband, a child. So why does she feel as if something is missing?
When her restaurant Little Italy, is slated by a reviewer, she realises that she’s lost the one thing she thought she could always count on – her love of food.
So Addolorata heads to Venice for a summer alone, aiming to find the ten things that make her happy. Once she’s found them she’ll construct a new life around these ten things. But will they include her life in London?
Cartes Postales From Greece
by Victoria Hislop
WEEK AFTER WEEK the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial A.
With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.
On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. It’s pages tell the story of a man’s odyssey through Greece and a desire to live life to the full once more –
illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind.
The library has more of Victoria Hislop’s previously published novels and they are all a thoroughly good read.
The Kept Woman
by Karen Slaughter
WHEN THE BODY of an ex-cop is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse, Special Agent Will Trent knows this could be the most devastating case of his career.
Bloody fingerprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim, a woman, has vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city’s biggest and most politically-connected athlete – a local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.
But for Will, and also for Dr Sara Lipton, the FBI’s newest medical examiner, the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will’s troubled past.
They only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out…
Bridget Jones’s Baby
DVD ID: DL205A
OSCAR WINNERS Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the much-anticipated next chapter of the world’s favourite singleton.
In an unlikely twist, Bridget finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch – she can only be 50 per cent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.