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Wriggle And Roar!
- Paperback - Macmillan Children's
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Nick Sharratt, this is a wonderful rhyme book full of action and noise - guaranteed to make kids love poetry!
Whatever Happened To Molly Bloom?
- Paperback - Severn House Paperbacks
Detective Inspector Jim Kinsella of the Dublin police force is called to the scene when the body of Molly Bloom has been found in her own kitchen where she has been beaten to death with a teapot. Although her husband, Leopold Bloom, is immediately taken into custody without a convincing alibi, Kinsella begins to have his doubts and suspicion falls upon Molly's fellow singer and alleged lover, Hugh 'Blazes' Boylan. Kinsella, aided by his colleague, Inspector Tom Machin, probes the conflicting stories of Bloom and Boylan. Were the pair seen fighting outside a brothel the night of Molly's murder? And what of the unusual scent, imported from America and found on a cotton ball beneath the Blooms' bed, that Kinsella hopes will lead him to Leopold's own dirty little secret?
The Wrong Box
- Paperback - Hesperus Classics
This novel is a masterpiece of black comedy, turning on mistaken identity, the disappearance of a corpse, and several makeshift coffins. In this eccentric story the authors extend the boundaries of good taste and satirize the Railway novel genre.
- Paperback - Oxford University Press
Set against the backdrop of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, 'Waverley' tells the story of Edward Waverley, an idealistic daydreamer whose loyalty to his regiment is threatened when they are sent to the Scottish Highlands where he is drawn to Fergus Mac-Ivor and his beautiful sister, both loyal to Charles Stuart.
- Paperback - Harper
D.S. Glyn Capaldi is in hospital recuperating from concussion and the after-effects of a car crash. But, worse than that, a young woman is dead. She was the passenger in the car, whom he was bringing in for questioning following a night operation in a remote rural location. Glyn is initially riven with guilt and self-recrimination. Until he starts to question the possibility that it may not have been an accident. But, if not, who had been the target? Had he made an enemy capable of achieving that level of planning and implementation? Or had she?
A Waldorf Song Book
- Paperback - Floris Books
A collection of over 100 songs, some well known, some less known, collected over the years by experienced Waldorf teacher Brien Masters.
- Hardback - Polygon
For a gentleman seeking more prestigious company amidst the seedy bawdy houses of an 18th-century city, the House of Masques provides the perfect no-touch escorts. Girls, highly educated and socially trained, are geisha-like status symbols for politicians, bankers and minor royalty. Into this world comes Bethany Harris, a disgraced governess who has been rescued from a madhouse and transformed into the Masque Wasp. She soon discovers that everyone in the House has a past, and personal horrors, coupled with dark ambition, are leading to a crisis that not only threatens to destroy the House of Masques and everyone in it, but reaches to the heart of government and the throne itself.
- Paperback - Oneworld
Set on a remote Scottish island, this is the compelling story of one family's struggle to cope with a vanishing way of life - and a challenge to those who would call that struggle progress.
The Way Out
- Paperback - Freight
A debut short story collection by an outstanding new female voice, marking the lives of women at the margins, those who live on the edges of relationships, the economy and society. Mostly set in chip shops, offices, call centres and run-down homes, dealing with the fallout from difficult relationships and difficult situations, these stories examine the consequences of being born and raised with little opportunity in a land where you're not much without it.
- Hardback - Canongate
When Ruth Ardingly and her family first drive up from London in their grime-encrusted car and view The Well, they are enchanted by a jewel of a place, a farm that appears to offer everything the family are searching for. But The Well's unique glory comes at a terrible price. The locals suspect foul play in its verdant fields and drooping fruit trees, and Ruth becomes increasingly isolated as she struggles to explain why her land flourishes whilst her neighbours' produce withers and dies. Fearful of envious locals and suspicious of those who seem to be offering help, Ruth is less and less sure who she can trust. As The Well envelops them, Ruth's paradise becomes a prison, Mark's dream a recurring nightmare, and Lucien's playground a grave.