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February 2016 Newsletter

FICTION

 

 

WindowThe Widow by F. Barton

 

'The ultimate psychological thriller' Lisa Gardner

We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the woman who stands by him?

 

Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

 

But now Glen is dead and she's alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

 

High Mountain of PortugalThe High Mountains of Portugal by Y. Martel

 

Lost in Portugal.

Lost to grief.

With nothing but a chimpanzee.

 

The extraordinary new novel from the author of Life of Pi.

 

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the location of an extraordinary artefact that - if it exists - would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this treasure.

 

Some thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist finds himself at the centre of a murder mystery.

 

Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he comes to his ancestral village with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee.

 

Three stories.

Three broken hearts.

One exploration: what is a life without stories?

 

The High Mountains of Portugal takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century - and through the human soul.

 

Gathering GreyGathering Prey by J. Sandford

 

They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes-they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them.

Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she'd befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody's killing her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She's hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn't know what to do.

Letty tells Lucas she's going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty's getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman's story, though, he begins to think there's something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger-but just may change the course of his life.

 

RoomRoom by E. Donoghue

 

Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don't have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners. "Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days" Audrey Niffenegger "One of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time" John Boyne "Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language ...Room is unlike anything I've ever read before" Anita Shreve "Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can't compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it's potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory" Michael Cunningham

 

year of the turnipYear of the Turnip by J. Dobson

 

When Year of the Gherkin was released in 2012, Jason Brydon quickly established himself as quite probably the least likeable protagonist of South African fiction since… forever. And yet his diary of extreme narcissism, grand delusions and ongoing calamity also turned him into one of the funniest.

Now The Jasonator is back!

 

Not that his friends, or pretty much anyone in Cape Town, have missed him since his job-loss-imposed banishment to his folks’ place in the god-forsaken Eastern Cape, where’s he’s been biding his time serving the soaks – mostly his dad – at the Port Alfred Country Club…

 

Anyway, point is Jason Brydon is back and this time he’s gonna crush it. He’s definitely on track to land himself a top job and a hot chick (or ten!) because he’s grown as a human being since 2010. Yes, you better believe it. Now he’s a father (admittedly a reluctant one), a surprising exemplar of racial inclusiveness (well, briefly) and a trusted (in his own mind) house-sitter. I mean, what can go wrong when you’ve got a Tamboerskloof mansion to look after (along with some French bulldogs, which basically take care of themselves, right?) and an Audi Q7 to drive (though technically you were asked not to)…? Only good things, china!

 

Is this the year that Jason redeems himself as a human being? Will he attend the lesbian wedding of his sister (to female Bakkies Botha)? Will he land himself an actual girlfriend (even though what he really wants is a ‘banker’ who he ‘can sext at 2am’)? Will his tummy stop bulging more than his wallet? An important question, that, because he reckons he has a shot at being one of Cosmo’s most eligible bachelors, and even though he’s a player’s player and chicks dig him he’s got to keep on his game…

 

Whatever it is, it’s the Year of the Turnip.

 

 

Secret GardenThe Secret Garden by F.H. Burnett

 

On the grounds of Misselthwaite, her Uncle Archibald's estate near the Yorkshire moors, nine-year-old Mary Lennox finds a walled-in garden that has been locked securely for years. With the help of Dickon Sowerby, a young local boy who can charm animals, Mary cultivates the garden, an experiences that both improves her health and raises her spirits. Ultimately, the secret garden proves beneficial not only to Mary, but to her sickly cousin Colin. Nurtured with love and tenderness, the secret garden proves it has the power to heal the heart. First published in 1911, Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden is a much-loved classic of children's literature. This illustrated edition, with full-colour plates by Charles Robinson, features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive gilded edging, and decorative endpapers. Decorative, durable, and collectible, it's a book that will be cherished by readers of all ages.

 

 

 

NON-FICTION

 

 

Simply DeliciousSimply Delicious by Z. Nene

 

In Zola Nene's own words, she says, 'Food has always been a huge part of my life; important occasions were always marked with a feast of some sort…' this book chronicles my food journey thus far – how it started and what has shaped me into the chef I am today.’ And that’s exactly what Simply Delicious is all about; it’s Zola’s culinary career told through her recipes, interspersed with snippets and perspectives of her life journey, including tributes to the people who have inspired and influenced her cooking style and explaining the reason for certain culinary choices that she has made. If one had to describe Zola’s personality in a single idea, it would be 'irrepressible joy', which is the thread running through this journey as well as the state evoked by her delicious dishes. Her food philosophy is very simple – cooking is for everyone. With easy-to-follow instructions, the recipes will ensure that anyone can produce mouth-watering results.

 

Banting SolutionBanting Solution by B. Douglas

 

At last, the banting book that will answer ALL your questions about the banting lifestyle AND provide you with the solution to permanent weight loss! The Banting Solution not only explains what banting is all about, but also:

• answers banters’ most pressing questions;

• busts the myths that have cropped up around banting;

• provides helpful meal plans and banting-friendly food lists;

• helps us understand food labels; and

• teaches us how to bant on a budget.

Most importantly, it teaches us how to get rid of those unwanted kilos and keep them off forever! With solid research supported by actual case studies and before-and-after photographs, readers will now be able to access all the information they need about banting in just one book.

 

SimpliciousI Quit Sugar: Simplicious by S. Wilson

 

Sarah Wilson, bestselling author of I Quit Sugar, taught the world how to quit sugar in eight weeks, then how to quit sugar for life, incorporating mindful, sustainable, whole food practices. Now with I Quit Sugar: Simplicious she strips back to the essentials, simply and deliciously. She shows us: * How to shop, cook and eat without sugar and other processed foods * How to buy in bulk, freeze and preserve, with ease and without waste * How to use leftovers with flair All three hundred and six recipes - from guilt-free sweet treats to one-pot wonders and abundance bowls brimming with nutrients - expand our knowledge of age-old kitchen processes and tend to our profound need to be creative with food. Drawing on the latest nutrition research and kitchen hacks, this is the ultimate cooking guide for those who want sugar out of their life and are ready to embrace the life-affirming, health-giving, planet saving simpliciousness of real food.

 

Fuel For LifeFuel for Life by B. Grylls

 

In Fuel for Life, Bear Grylls introduces his revolutionary approach to nutrition and teaches you what to eat to ensure your body is performing at its best. But if you think nutrition means boring, complicated and tasteless meals, think again. Because Bear shows how cheesecake, pizza and burgers can be made ultra-healthy and ultra-delicious!

Packed with comprehensive advice on ingredients, Bear's book dispels many common nutritional myths and includes over 70 simple, mouth-watering recipes. Bear's encouraging and practical guidance will motivate you to try new foods and to think differently about the way you eat.

Free from wheat, gluten, dairy and refined sugar, this is delicious, natural and wholesome food that you and your body will love. Fuel for Life will help you feel healthier, happier, stronger and more energized, and will your nourish your body for maximum success and long-term health.

 

Breaking VeganBreaking Vegan by J. Younger

 

Breaking Vegan is a helpful guide to ditching restricted (vegan) dieting in favor of a healthy, sensible lifestyle without sacrifice.

Finding balance in life is a goal many of us strive to achieve. Whether it's through a healthy diet, exercise regimen, state of mind, relationship, or other activity (or all of the above), we spend our days trying to be, and become, our best selves.But what happens when all that focus starts to dominate our lives? When our desire for perfect health trumps everything else, perhaps without us even realizing it? What happens when our solution starts becoming the problem?These are questions that author and popular blogger Jordan Younger faced when she decided that her extreme, plant-based, vegan lifestyle just wasn't working in favor of her health anymore--and questions that you may be facing too.

In Breaking Vegan, Jordan reveals how veganism and obsessive healthy dieting eventually led her to a diagnosis of orthorexia, or a focus on healthy food that involves other emotional factors and ultimately becomes dysfunctional, even dangerous. In candid detail, Jordan shares what it was like to leave veganism (and experience a vicious backlash from the vegan community that once embraced her) and how she ultimately found her way to recovery. In addition to this, Jordan outlines an anti-diet, whole-foods-based eating plan featuring more than 25 recipes to help inspire others to find similar balance in their own lives.

Breaking Vegan is about tolerance and forgiveness. And ultimately, forging one's own path toward happiness.

 

Home RemediesHome Remedies by M. Hale

 

Ordinary household remedies to treat over 100 common ailments safely, effectively, and inexpensively in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format.

A handy guide, Home Remedies provides families with ordinary household remedies to treat over 100 common ailments safely, effectively, and inexpensively in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format. Discover easy remedies to help care for everyday health problems with cures from a wide range of sources. Get time-tested, natural easements for coughs, cold and flu viruses, aches and pains, digestive complaints, sleep disorders, skin conditions, and even get some tips to help babies and women's health.

 

 

Complete guide to yoga inversionThe Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions: Learn how to Invert, Float and Fly with Inversions and arm Balances by J. DeCurtins

 

Turn your yoga routine on its head!

Designed to take you from a beginner to an advanced yoga student, this helpful guide will help you to progress from downward dog to even the more intricate of handstand poses.

Improve focus and ability as you tone your upper body and core. The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions is the ultimate collection of the most common arm balance poses and yoga inversions that are found in a variety of styles of yoga including ashtanga, bikram, power, hatha and more.

Challenge yourself with XX arm balances and yoga poses with detailed step-by-step instructions from fitness and yoga instructor Jennifer DeCurtins. Each pose includes a helpful photo along with modifications and progressions. Learn to do pivotal, foundational poses such headstand, handstand and crow.

The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions is the perfect guide to improve your ability.

 

Science for lifeScience for Life: A Manual for Better Living by B. Clegg

 

An essential scientific user's guide to life from acclaimed popular science author Brian Clegg.

In Science for Life acclaimed science writer Brian Clegg cuts through the vested interests and confusing contradictory statements that litter the media and the internet, to give a clear picture of what science is telling us right now about changing our lives for the better.

Discover the much-advertised antioxidants that aren't good for you, the truth about fat and sugar and why one of the healthiest foods contains carcinogens and 21 E-numbers. Find out what does and what doesn't enhance brainpower - from the failure of playing Mozart to babies to the surprising abilities of caffeine and nicotine. Understand the tools that advertisers use to persuade us and how to turn the psychological pressure back on them.

From the shortcomings of the five second rule to the truth about phone masts and nuclear power, kept up-to-date on a partnering website, Science for Life is your guide to surviving and thriving in the modern world.

 

Red NoticeRed Notice by B. Browder

 

November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials who were involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million of taxes paid to the state by one of the world’s most successful hedge funds. Magnitsky’s brutal killing has remained uninvestigated and unpunished to this day. His farcical posthumous show-trial brought Putin's regime to a new low in the eyes of the international community.

Red Notice is a searing exposé of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky’s imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths. Bill Browder – the hedge fund manager who employed Magnitsky – takes us on his explosive journey from the heady world of finance in New York and London in the 1990s, through his battles with ruthless oligarchs in the turbulent landscape of post-Soviet Union Moscow, to his expulsion from Russia on Putin’s orders.

Browder’s graphic portrait of the Russian government as a criminal enterprise wielding all the power of a sovereign state illuminates his personal transformation from financier to human rights activist, campaigning for justice for his late lawyer and friend. With fraud, bribery, corruption and torture exposed at every turn, Red Notice is a shocking but true political roller-coaster that plays out in the highest echelons of Western power.

 

If this is a WomanIf this is a Woman by S. Helm

 

A masterful and moving account of the most horrific hidden atrocity of World War II: Ravensbruck, the only Nazi concentration camp built for women

On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 867 women--housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes -- were marched through the woods fifty miles north of Berlin, driven on past a shining lake, then herded in through giant gates. Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards.

Their destination was Ravensbruck, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler, prime architect of the Holocaust. By the end of the war, 130,000 women from more than twenty different European countries had been imprisoned there; among the prominent names were Genevieve de Gaulle, General de Gaulle's niece, and Gemma La Guardia Gluck, sister of the wartime mayor of New York.

Only a small number of these women were Jewish; Ravensbruck was largely a place for the Nazis to eliminate other inferior beings--social outcasts, Gypsies, political enemies, foreign resisters, the sick, the disabled, and the "mad." Over six years the prisoners endured beatings, torture, slave labor, starvation, and random execution. In the final months of war, Ravensbruck became an extermination camp, and by 1945, between 30,000 and 50,000 had been murdered.

For decades the story of Ravensbruck was hidden behind the Iron Curtain, and today it is still little known. Using testimony unearthed since the end of the Cold War and interviews with survivors who have never talked before, Sarah Helm has ventured into the heart of the camp, demonstrating for the reader in riveting detail how easily and quickly the unthinkable horror evolved.

Far more than a catalogue of atrocities, however, "Ravensbruck" is also a compelling account of what one survivor called "the heroism, superhuman tenacity, and exceptional willpower to survive." For every prisoner whose strength failed, another found the will to resist through acts of self-sacrifice and friendship as well as sabotage, protest, and escape.

While the core of this book is told from inside the camp, the story also sheds new light on the evolution of the wider genocide, the impotence of the world to respond, and Himmler's final attempt to seek a separate peace with the Allies using the women of Ravensbruck as a bargaining chip. Chilling, inspiring, and deeply unsettling, "Ravensbruck" is a groundbreaking work of historical investigation. With rare clarity, it reminds us of the capacity of mankind for both bestial cruelty and for courage against all odds.

 

Never Eat AloneNever Eat Alone: And other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by K. Ferrazzi and T. Raz

 

This is the bestselling business classic on the power of relationships, updated with in-depth advice for making connections in the digital world. "Don't walk... Run to your closest bookstore. The most extraordinary and valuable book I've come across in a long, long time". (Tom Peters). Do you want to get ahead in life? Climb the ladder to success? Master networker Keith Ferrazzi says the secret is in reaching out to others. As he discovered early in life, what distinguishes highly successful people is the way they use the power of relationships - so that everyone wins. Never Eat Alone: Expanded and Updated lays out the steps and mindset Ferrazzi uses to connect with thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates: people he has helped and who have helped him. This form of connecting to the world is based on generosity; Ferrazzi distinguishes gen-uine relationship-building from crude glad-handing. These practical, proven principles include: don't keep score (make sure other people get what they want, too); 'ping' constantly (reach out to your contacts all the time - not just when you need something); never eat alone ('invisibility' is a fate worse than failure); and become the 'king of content' (use social media to make meaningful connections). In this classic, globally bestselling book you'll discover the timeless strategies used by the world's most connected people, from Bill Clinton to the Dalai Lama. And you'll learn how to transform your own network, career and life.

 

Reaching Down the Rabbit HoleReaching Down the Rabbit Hole: Extraordinary Journeys into the Human Brain by A. Ropper

 

One of the world's leading neurologists reveals the extraordinary stories behind some of the brain disorders that he and his staff at the Harvard Medical School endeavour to treat.

What is it like to try to heal the body when the mind is under attack? In this gripping and illuminating book, Dr Allan Ropper reveals the extraordinary stories behind some of the life-altering afflictions that he and his staff are confronted with at the Neurology Unit of Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Neurologists diagnose and treat serious illnesses of the brain by combining the hard science of medical knowledge with the art of intuitive reasoning. The unique challenge they face is that their primary sources of information - the patients' brains - are quite often altered, sometimes bizarrely, as a result of disease. Like Alice in Wonderland, Dr Ropper inhabits a place where absurdities abound: a sportsman who starts spouting gibberish; an undergraduate who suddenly becomes psychotic; a salesman who drives around and around a roundabout, unable to get off; a child molester who, after falling on the ice, is left with a brain that is very much dead inside a body that is very much alive; a figure skater whose body has become a ticking time-bomb; a mother who has to decide whether a life locked inside her own head is worth living.

How does one begin to treat such cases, to counsel people whose lives may be changed forever? How does one train the next generation of clinicians to deal with the moral and medical aspects of brain disease? Dr Ropper answers these questions by taking the reader into a world where lives and minds hang in the balance.

 

The Next StepThe Next Step: Planning the Road through Retirement by B. Smith

 

SO YOU’RE RETIRING? NOW WHAT? Your years in retirement should be the best years of your life and having fun in retirement is essential. It is thus vital for everyone to have meaningful purpose for their time in retirement. Keeping involved in activities during this stage is therefore crucial with numerous examples provided in the book. There are many positives to retirement like the substantial number of discounts and benefits available to senior citizens. Many references in this regard are provided in the book. Then there are also the more serious aspects like having a last will and testament and keeping it up to date, which is also well covered. A further topic looked into is to be aware of being exploited in your retirement years, where it appears that senior citizens are being targeted. Retirement, all too often, results in frustration from having too much available time and not enough finances to enjoy it. This situation comes from a lack of planning before retiring. In this book the authors will guide your planning as you approach retirement, either at the end of your “working” life, or your sporting career. They help you to find answers to the questions: “What are my options?” and “What could happen when I retire?” This book will help you learn about managing your future retirement, so that you can truly experience the best times of your life!

 

Jan Smuts Unafraid of GreatnessJan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness by R. Steyn

 

Jan Christian Smuts was soldier, statesman and intellectual, one of South Africa’s greatest leaders. Yet little is said about him today, even as we appear to live in a leadership vacuum.

Unafraid of Greatness is a re-examination of the life and thoughts of Jan Smuts. It is intended to remind a contemporary readership of the remarkable achievements of this impressive soldier-statesman. The author argues that there is a need to bring Smuts back into the present, that Smuts’ legacy still has much to instruct. He draws several parallels between Smuts and President Thabo Mbeki, both intellectuals much lionised abroad and yet often distrusted at home.

This book is a highly readable account of Smuts’ life. It also examines a number of overarching themes: his relationships with women, spiritual life, intellectual life and his role as advisor to world leaders. Politics and international affairs receive the lion’s share, but Smuts’ unique contributions to other fields – for example, botany – are not neglected.

Unafraid of Greatness does not shy away from the contradictions of its subject. Smuts was one of the architects of the United Nations, and a great champion of human rights, yet he could not see the need to reform the condition of the African majority in his own country.

 

Murder at Small KoppieMurder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of the Marikana Massacre by G. Marinovich

 

The killing of thirty-four miners by police at Marikana in August 2012 was the largest massacre of civilians in South Africa since Sharpeville. The events have been covered in newspaper articles, on TV news and in a commission of inquiry, but there is still confusion about what happened on that fateful day.

In Murder at Small Koppie, renowned photojournalist Greg Marinovich explores the truth behind the Marikana massacre. He investigates the shootings near Wonderkop hill, which happened in view of the media, as well as the killings that happened beyond the view of cameras at a nondescript collection of boulders known as Small Koppie, some 300 metres away. Many of the men killed here were shot in cold blood at close range. Drawing on his own meticulous research, eyewitness accounts and the findings of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, Marinovich accurately reconstructs that fateful day as well as the events leading up to the strike, and looks at the subsequent denials, obfuscation and buck-passing by Lonmin, the SAPS and the government.

This is the definitive account of the Marikana massacre from the journalist whose award-winning investigation into the tragedy has been called the most important piece of South African journalism since apartheid.

 

Giant StepsGiant Steps by R. Peirce

 

Elephants have long been targeted by humans: not only are they killed for their ivory, but their extraordinary strength, intelligence and charisma have seen some of them captured, chained and effectively jailed for life. Bully and Induna are two African elephants, both orphaned in organised culling operations and destined for lives in captivity. Growing up far apart and quite differently, Bully (a former animal film star) and the less fortunate Induna were both driven to react to their circumstances – Induna even killed one of his carers. Their individual situations reached a point where both were considered to be dangerous animals and were under threat of being put down. This is the true story of their lives. Conservationist Richard Peirce presents their individual narratives and the twists and turns of their fortunes: the exploitation of these majestic but sensitive animals, how they each came to be trapped in unsuitable ‘employment’ and shunted about from one venue to the next, before finding one another – free at last – on a farm in southern Africa.

 

Black Dogs ProjectBlack Dogs Project: Extraordinary Black Dogs and Why We can’t Forget Them by F. Levy

 

Combat Black Dog Syndrome worldwide; a portion of all proceeds from Black Dog Project will be donated to black dog rescue.

One of Tumblr's most viral blogs of 2014, the Black Dogs Project is a stunning photo series by animal photographer Fred Levy. Known as "Black Dog Syndrome" in animal shelters and rescues, it refers to the unfortunate phenomenon that black dogs are frequently the LAST dogs to be adopted and the FIRST dogs to be euthanized in rescue shelters. Animal photographer Fred Levy couldn't believe that it was true, so he began talking with shelters. Not only does the phenomenon exist, but he discovered it's an epidemic. Levy decided to turn his camera lens to black dogs, showing the world how beautiful they truly are. He called the photo series, The Black Dogs Project, and the stunning photographs have been shared worldwide, spreading awareness and attention to the problem. A portion of all proceeds for Black Dogs Project will be donated to labradors and friends.

 

 

 

CHILDREN

 

  

0-7 YEARS

 

 

Topsy And TimTopsy and Tim: First Sleepover by J. Adamson

 

Well-known twins Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In Topsy and Tim: First Sleepover the twins are spending the night at their friend Tony's house. It's a lot of fun but it can be tricky being away from Mummy and Dad as well. How will they get on staying away from home for the first time? With a trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy and Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. Topsy and Tim is now also a popular live-action TV series on CBeebies!

 

Peanuts I Love YouPeanuts: I Love You Snoopy by C. Schulz

 

Everyone is special in a different way!

Tell someone you love them every day . . .

Everybody loves Snoopy! This adorable book and love-filled rhyme is the perfect Valentine's gift for the one you love the most.

 

   

Sweetest FairyThe Sweetest Fairies by Igloo Books

 

Fairy Petal wants to bake the perfect cake for a big baking competition, but will she use her magic wand, or do it on her own? With beautiful illustrations by Emma Foster, this sweet story will be treasured by children everywhere.

 

 

 

 

  

Scaredy CatScaredy Cat by Igloo Books

 

Lion has a secret...he can't find his roar! No matter how hard he tries, nothing will come out. The, Lion makes a friend in Meerkat and learns that sometimes, you just need a little encouragement to find what you are looking for.

 

 

   

Teddy Bears PicnicTeddy Bear’s Picnic by Igloo Books

 

One night, when Dolly was tucked up in bed, she noticed her best bear, Teddy, sneaking off into the moonlit wood. Follow Dolly on this enchanting adventure through the woods to discover where Teddy has been hiding and what other magical surprises lay ahead. Children will love to read all about Dolly and Teddy's secret in this beautifully illustrated tale, which is perfect for story time!

 

 

Ten Little FairiesTen Little Fairies by Igloo Books

 

Ten Little fairies are going to be late for Fairy School! Will they be able to make it there in time, or even at all? Join the fluttering fairies on their journey and find out whether the trip is as simple as it seems. With magic, doors, enchanted trees and wonderful characters, this charming storybook is full of fairy fun.

 

 

The Magic Toy BoxThe Magic Toy Box by Igloo Books

 

When the clock strikes twelve, the magic begins. Teddy and the toys are very excited to climb out of the toy box, but what are they up to? Come and find out in this enchanting midnight adventure. A wonderful, charming story that is perfect to enjoy at bedtime.

 

 

 

You and Me AlwaysYou and Me always by Igloo Books

 

Friendship is forever in this delightful storybook, so come and meet a pair of adorable best friends as they look after one another through good times and bad.

Magnificent Milly by Igloo Books

Millie Mouse loves inventing things more than mice love cheese, but when her friends plan a picnic, her big ideas cause lots of trouble. Can Millie save the day and build her best invention ever? A charming woodland adventure all about fun, friendship and teamwork.

 

Faraway TreeFaraway Tree Adventure: The Land of Birthdays by E. Blyton

 

This is a classic tale from Enid Blyton's magical Faraway Tree series with exciting new full-colour illustrations from Alex Paterson - perfect for new readers! It's Beth's birthday, so everyone is delighted when the Land of Birthdays arrives at the top of the Faraway Tree. It's time for the most magical party they've ever had! The Magic Faraway Tree has been entertaining readers for more than 75 years. Now these colour short stories offer a great way for a whole host of new younger readers to discover the adventures of Silky, Moon-Face, the Saucepan Man and all of their friends in the Enchanted Wood.

 

 

 

Magic PotionMagic Potions Shop: River House by A. Longstaff

 

Tibben is the potions apprentice, and helps Grandpa make spells to sell in their shop. Along with Wizz, a magical creature with a special gift for finding things, they set off on adventures to help the animals of Arthwen. When the Water Sprites of Lake Sapphire start to feel poorly, it's up to Tibben and Wizz to find out what's making the magic waters of the kingdom dirty - can they solve the mystery? From the creators of the bestselling Fairytale Hairdresser series, Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard, this story is perfect for building reading confidence whether reading aloud or alone.

 

 

 

Dragonsitter to the RestcueThe Dragonsitter to the Rescue by J. Lacey

 

Dear Uncle Morton

I have to tell you some bad news. We have lost Arthur. He’s somewhere in London, but I don’t know where.

Eddie takes the dragons with him on his half-term trip to London, but it's not long before disaster strikes and both dragons go missing. From the Natural History Museum to the London Eye, through tube stations, hotels and London Zoo, Eddie chases his dragons, hoping to avert disaster. But there's no smoke without a fire...

 

 

 

 

8-12 YEARS

 

Come in to purchase the complete collection of the Harry Potter series (latest reprints)

 

1. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone     Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2     3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban     4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire     5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix     6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince    7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow

 

 

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