Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Zinio magazine of the month: Rolling Stone

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This month, Rolling Stone remembers an outsider who took rock to the underground. Including tributes from Bono, Michael Stipe, Mick Jagger and more.

This edition also takes a look at Danny Mena, the chef who is making ‘the tastiest tacos you’ve ever had’ and Becky G, Dr. Luke’s latest protégée: a 16 year old Mexican-American rapper who’s huge on YouTube.

Other featured include: Ringo Starr’s life in photos, how Norman Reedus became the breakout star of Walking Dead, why the geeky sisters of Haim are this year’s coolest new band and a review of Eminem’s grown up sequel to The Marshall Mathers LP.

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OneClickdigital e-Audiobook of the Month: The English Monster by Lloyd Shepherd

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Based on the real-life story of the gruesome Ratcliffe Highway murders, The English Monster takes us on a voyage across centuries.

Non-spoiler alert! There is a dark twist – a spot of black-magical realism, if you like – about halfway through Lloyd Shepherd’s first novel that this reviewer has no desire to ruin for readers.
In fact, so delicious and unexpected is this turn of events that it moves a book that is already part detective fiction, part historical novel and part pirate adventure into entirely new territory, adding themes of natural philosophy and moral turpitude to a story as rich in ideas as it is in intrigue. INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

London, 1811. The twisting streets of Wapping hold many an untold sin. Bounded by the Ratcliffe Highway to the north and the Dock to the south, shameful secrets are largely hidden by the noise of Trade. But two families have fallen victim to foul murder, and a terrified populace calls for justice.

The English Monster is an extraordinarily rich mixture of real and imagined characters spanning some 250 years from 1564, when Billy Ablass, a young Oxfordshire fortune-hunter, joins a fleet of ships in Plymouth commanded by Admiral John Hawkins bound for the new world via west Africa, to 1812, when river constable Charles Horton identifies the Ratcliff Highway murderer. So what’s the connection between Tudor England’s first slave-trading mission and a Georgian London sleuth? To give away any hint of the fantastic plot would ruin the book, and that would be a pity. THE GUARDIAN, Sue Arnold’s Audiobook Choice

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Monday, 25 November 2013

New fiction titles for December

It’s now time to start stocking up on your Christmas reading. Can we tempt you with any of these new titles?

Liverpool angels Lyn Andrews
Unwelcomed child Virginia Andrews
Liverpool legacy Anne Baker
Catch and release Lawrence Block
Litter of the law Rita Mae Brown
Outlaw knight Elizabeth Chadwick
Silent kill Peter Corris
Merry Christmas, cowboy Janet Dailey
Andrew’s brain E.L. Doctorow
Dark wolf Christine Feehan
Midkemia: chronicles of Pug Raymond E. Feist
Fear nothing Lisa Gardner
Murder on High Holborn Susanna Gregory
After dead Charlaine Harris
Winter William Horwood
As serious as death Quintin Jardine
Silencing Eve Iris Johansen
Invention of wings Sue Monk Kidd
Innocence Dean Koontz
Place to call home Carole Matthews
Blindsided Fern Michaels
Big sky secrets Linda Lael Miller
Silent night Robert B Parker
Private LA James Patterson
Hunted Karen Robards
Most wanted Chris Ryan
Accused Lisa Scottoline
Nantucket Christmas Nancy Thayer
In the blood Lisa Unger
Doing hard time Stuart Woods

You can place your free holds via our online catalogue. If you’re still undecided come into one of our branches and ask our friendly staff for a recommendation. We’re always happy to talk books with you.


Monday, 18 November 2013

The Puppet boy of Warsaw by Eva Weaver

This is a totally different genre to what I normally read as it’s set in Warsaw during World War II and the Holocaust which I normally shy away from. However once I started to read it I couldn’t put it down.

This is a beautifully written and moving story that follows the story of Mika, a Jewish boy who inherits a coat with many secret pockets from his grandfather after he is shot by the Germans in the street for trying to save a young woman in 1938. Inside the pockets he discovers a papier mache head and scraps of cloth which becomes a puppet called “the Prince”. He also discovers a secret room his grandfather kept in his temporary ghetto home where he created other puppets and along with his cousin, Ellie, starts to put on puppet shows for families and children in orphanages and hospitals.

His life changes when his talent is discovered by a German soldier, Max, and he is forced to entertain the occupying German troops instead of his countrymen. While he is allowed outside the Ghetto to entertain the soldiers Mika gets involved in smuggling little children underneath his coat from the ghetto into the other side of the wall to other family members. It is set against the very real and difficult period of World War II at it’s very worst –the creation of the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, through the deportations and to the bitter uprising of the last remaining Jews.

The book is told in three parts – Mika’s story, then the story of the German Max after the war, and then a very touching section in modern day America that brings their two stories full circle when the Prince puppet that Mika passed onto Max during the war, survives Siberia and is returned to Mika in New York by Max’s daughter on his dying bed.

Mika is a wonderful character, scared but brave, loyal and caring – and Max, the German who ends up having so much impact on the course of war for Mika, is a complicated and sympathetic villain without whom Mika probably wouldn’t have survived the war. The story is also about a coat that has many stories to tell and finally has a place to rest hanging peacefully in Mika’s daughter’s home.


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Monday, 11 November 2013

The Thread by Victoria Hislop

Wow! What a fabulous book. Hislop treats us with an excellently woven and absorbing tale of Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki. A heart touching love story with an insight into the lives of a diverse range of people over a large time span. Considerable and accurate research is evidence in the work depicting the devastating conditions of the early 20th century and controversial politics.

The story starts in Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a fire sweeps through the thriving multicultural city, where Christians, Jews and Moslems live side by side. It is the first of many catastrophic events that will change this city for ever, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people. Five years later, young Katerina escapes to Greece when her home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she finds herself on a boat to an unknown destination. From that day the lives of Dimitri and Katerina become entwined, with each other and with the story of the city itself.

Thessaloniki, 2007. A young Anglo-Greek hears the life story of his grandparents for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of people who have been forcibly driven from their beloved city. Should he become their new custodian? Should he stay or should he go?

So rich in texture and full of good characters and emotions I found myself really hooked. A really great book.


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Monday, 4 November 2013

Best kept secret by Jeffrey Archer

I have been a fan of Archer for many years with my initiation with Kane and Abel. As usual have finished this latest in the Clifton Chronicles series in two days! Archer is so good at creating a story that flows so well and blending his unique knowledge of the British political, historic and legal cultures into a riveting page turner. Unlike so many authors his style is linguistically flawless and seamless in execution building tension throughout. Archer does not complicate with too many characters at once and it is easy to follow the trail. However it is never obvious what is around the corner.

Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a bestselling novelist, Emma, their son Sebastian, and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage. And Sebastian, though he is bright, isn't quite the hard worker that his father was at school, and finds a hard time resisting the temptations that his somewhat unsavory friends provide.

It all comes to a head when a new villain is uncovered, a face from the past with grudges against both Harry and Giles—Fisher, who tortured Harry at school and later took credit for Giles' heroics during the war. Fisher teams up with Giles' now ex-wife to wreak havoc on Giles' latest election as well as meddle with affairs inside Barringtons, while Harry and Emma must deal with a new scheme that Sebastian has unwittingly fallen into with a supposed friend. The drama continues for Harry Clifton and his family, bringing this mesmerizing saga into the 1960s.

A thoroughly enjoyable read but of course Archer leaves you pondering and looking forward with bated breath to his next instalment!


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