Books of the month

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Have a look at our previous 'books of the month' to find your next read.

December 2021

For adults

19th Christmas by James Patterson

Christmas is coming, but crime never stops for the Women's Murder Club.

Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is looking forward to spending time with her family over the holidays. But when she receives a tip-off that the biggest heist ever to hit San Francisco is being planned for Christmas Day, everything changes.

The architect of the ambitious attack unleashes chaos across the city, laying traps and false alarms to distract Lindsay and the SFPD from his ultimate goal.

As time runs out, will Lindsay be able to save the people of San Francisco from a Christmas they'd never forget?

For children

The Christmasaurus and the naughty list by Tom Fletcher

You know about the Naughty and Nice List, right?

Santa's top-secret tracker that he ALWAYS checks twice?

Well, this year, the Christmasaurus is on a mission to track down children who have found themselves on the Naughty List to help them put wrongs to rights, naughty to nice!

November 2021

For adults

Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannah

After Beth drives her son to his under-14s away match she can’t resist driving past the house of her former best friend, even if it dredges up painful memories. She watches from across the road as Flora and her children, Thomas and Emily, step out of the car.

Except...there's something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older - it's the children that are the problem. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily Braid were 5 and 3 years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are no taller, no older. Why haven't they grown?

A psychological thriller with lots of twists.

For children

Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Julia has followed her mum and dad to live on a remote island for the summer - her dad, for work; her mother, on a determined mission to find the elusive Greenland shark.

But when her mother's obsession threatens to submerge them all, Julia finds herself on an adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hope

October 2021

For adults

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina

When Yui loses her mother and daughter in the tsunami, she wonders how she will ever carry on. Then one day she hears about a man who has an old disused telephone box in his garden. There, those who have lost loved ones find the strength to speak to them and begin to come to terms with their grief. As news of the phone box spreads, people will travel to it from miles around.

Soon Yui will make her own pilgrimage to the phone box, too. But once there she cannot bring herself to speak into the receiver. Then she finds Takeshi, a bereaved husband whose own daughter has stopped talking in the wake of their loss.

What happens next will warm your heart, even when it feels as though it is breaking. For when you've lost everything - what can you find?

For children

Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman

Long John has a whole crew of wild pirates in tow, and - for one boy and his sister - he's about to transform a perfectly ordinary evening into a riotous adventure beneath a pirate moon.

It's time to make some PIRATE STEW.

Marvellously silly and gloriously entertaining, this tale of pirates, flying ships, doughnut feasts and some rather magical stew is perfect for all pirates, both young and old readers.

September 2021

For adults

Left you dead by Peter James

Now’s the time to catch up on the latest book of the much-loved DS Roy Grace Series. 

One Sunday, Niall Paternoster waits in a car park for his wife to come out of supermarket but she doesn’t come back out - she's gone. When he gets home she's not there either, and none of their friends or family have heard from her.

A few days later, and vigorously protesting his innocence, Niall is arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Borrow from your local library or enjoy the ebook or e-audiobook on BorrowBox.

For children

First day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd

At the bottom of the garden where no one really sees, a secret school is hidden amongst the grass and weeds. Welcome to Bug School. Don't be nervous on your first day - it's lots of fun.

Learn creeping with the spiders, singing with the crickets, count spots with the ladybirds and hop, skip and jump in P.E. with the fleas.

This is a rhythmic, bright celebration of school, starring some very cute bugs indeed, sure to allay first-day-at-school fears

August 2021

For adults

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In a peaceful retirement village, 4 unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing 80 but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?

Read it before the sequel comes out in September. A funny and clever best-selling novel, you can now borrow the printed book without a wait if it has been on your to-read list for a while. We’re sorry though, you will still have to wait for the e-book or e-audiobook.

For children

Jungle drop by Abi Elphinstone

Eleven-year-old twins, Fox and Fibber, have been rivals for as long as they can remember. Only one of them will inherit the family fortune and so a race is afoot to save the dwindling Petty-Squabble empire and win the love of their parents. But when the twins are whisked off to Jungledrop, a magical Unmapped Kingdom in charge of conjuring our world's weather, things get wildly out of hand.

An evil harpy called Morg is on the loose. And if she finds the long-lost Forever Fern before the twins, both Jungledrop and our world will crumble. Suddenly, Fox and Fibber find themselves on an incredible adventure in a glow-in-the-dark rainforest full of golden panthers, gobblequick trees and enchanted temples. But, with the fate of two worlds in their hands, will the twins be able to work together for once to defeat Morg and her dark magic?

July 2021

For adults

Come again by Robert Webb

A time-travelling story of love and adventure with nineties nostalgia. 

Kate's husband Luke - the man she loved from the moment she met him 28 years ago - died suddenly. Since then everything has been falling apart. One day, she wakes up 18 again on the day she first meets Luke, but she remembers everything. Kate knows how he died and that he's already ill.

If they can fall in love again she might just be able to save him. She's going to try to do everything exactly the same.

Borrow the e-book or e-audio book from BorrowBox or pick up a printed copy from the library.

For children

The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell

Desperate to become a shark caller to avenge the death of her parents, Blue Wing is instead charged with befriending infuriating newcomer Maple.

At first they are angry and out of sync with the island and each other. But when the tide breathes the promise of treasure, can they overcome their differences and brave the deadliest shark in the ocean?

June 2021

For adults

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and instead dare to listen to and trust in the voice deep inside us.

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author, speaker and activist Glennon Doyle.

Untamed shows us how to be brave. And, as Glennon insists, 'The braver we are, the luckier we get.'

For children

Fantastically great women scientists and their stories by Kate Pankhurst

Women have been responsible for many of the world's most groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, tells the stories of some incredible female scientists whose hard work and persistence changed our understanding of science, and transformed people's ideas of what women can do.

Including comic strips, family trees, maps and more, this is a celebration of women who made some of the world's most important scientific breakthroughs.

May 2021

For adults

The last days of John Lennon by James Patterson

John Lennon was one of the world's most influential people. Mark David Chapman was one of the most invisible.

By the end of 1980, the Beatles had been broken up for a decade - a decade John Lennon had spent in search of his true identity: singer, songwriter, activist, burn out. But now, he declared, 'it's the perfect time to be coming back'.

Except that Lennon was a marked man. As early as the Beatles' controversial 1966 American tour, during which the band had feared for their safety, Lennon had complained, 'You might as well put a target on me'.

For children

Elmer again by David McKee

It's coming up to Elmer's Day, the day when all grey elephants paint themselves in bright colours.

For Elmer, the patchwork elephant with the mischievous sense of fun, life seems far too quiet. So he thinks up a joke he can play on the other elephants in the night, when they're asleep.

April 2021

For adults

Explaining Humans - What Science Can Teach Us about Life, Love and Relationships by Camilla Pang

Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of eight, Camilla Pang struggled to understand the world around her and the way people worked. Desperate for a solution, Camilla asked her mother if there was an instruction manual for humans that she could consult.

But, without the blueprint to life she was hoping for, Camilla began to create her own. Now armed with a PhD in biochemistry, Camilla dismantles our obscure social customs and identifies what it really means to be human using her unique expertise and a language she knows best: science.
 

 

For children

What's Going On Inside My Head? by Molly Potter

We all know that healthy minds are really important but how do we make sure we look after our mental health from a very young age? What's Going On Inside My Head? is a book for children that explores practical ways we can keep our minds in good shape as well as our bodies.

By talking about positive self-image, emotional intelligence, relationships and mindfulness, this book will help children develop healthy habits and good coping strategies from the start. Presented in a warm, child-friendly but no-nonsense way it will help establish solid foundations for every child's current and future wellbeing.

March 2021

For adults

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege.

Children and teachers barricade themselves into classrooms, the library, the theatre. The headmaster lies wounded in the library, unable to help his trapped students and staff. Outside, a police psychiatrist must identify the gunmen, while parents gather desperate for news.

In 3 intense hours, all must find the courage to stand up to evil and save the people they love.

For children

Proud of Me by Sarah Hagger-Holt

An accessible child-centred story about self-acceptance and the importance of opening up to those closest to you.

Becky and Josh are almost-twins, with 2 mums and the same anonymous donor dad.

Josh can't wait until he's eighteen, the legal age when he can finally contact his donor, and he'll do anything to find out more - even if it involves lying.

Becky can't stop thinking about her new friend, Carli. Could her feelings for Carli be a sign of something more?

Becky and Josh both want their parents to be proud of them...but right now, they're struggling to even accept themselves.

February 2021

For adults

The Expert Guide to Sleeping Well - by Chris Idzikowski

Lack of sleep is not just a matter of feeling tired.

Recent research has shown that it is associated with serious illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. The big question is, what can we do to get more sleep?

Who can we turn to for a sympathetic and knowledgeable one-to-one consultation?

The answer is, to one of the world's leading sleep experts: Professor Chris Idzikowski, who here reveals his wisdom in a down-to-earth and reassuring way.

 

 

For children

Check Mates by Stewart Foster

Some people think that I'm a problem child, that I'm lazy and never pay attention in lessons. But the thing is, I'm not a problem child at all. I'm just a child with a problem.

Felix is struggling at school. His ADHD makes it hard for him to concentrate and his grades are slipping. Everyone keeps telling him to try harder, but no one seems to understand just how hard he finds it.

When Mum suggests Felix spends time with his grandfather, Felix can't think of anything worse. Granddad hasn't been the same since Grandma died. Plus he's always trying to teach Felix boring chess. But sometimes the best lessons come in the most unexpected of places, and Granddad soon shows Felix that there's everything to play for.

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