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September 2016 Newsletter

 

Fiction

 

 

House Without WindowsThe House Without Windows by N Hashimi

 

A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood—an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture—from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low. For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal’s family is sure she did, and demands justice. Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed. As Zeba awaits trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have also led them to these bleak cells: thirty-year-old Nafisa, imprisoned to protect her from an honor killing; twenty-five-year-old Latifa, who ran away from home with her teenage sister but now stays in the prison because it is safe shelter; and nineteen-year-old Mezhgan, pregnant and unmarried, waiting for her lover’s family to ask for her hand in marriage. Is Zeba a cold-blooded killer, these young women wonder, or has she been imprisoned, as they have been, for breaking some social rule? For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment. Removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood. Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba’s Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer, whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his motherland have brought him back. With the fate of this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines. A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, A House Without Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.

 

The Secret Ways of PerfumeThe Secret Ways of Perfume by C Caboni

 

From Florence to Paris, a scent like no other can take you unexpected places . . . Ten-year-old Elena lives in Florence with her cold and distant perfumier grandmother. Only when enveloped in aromas does Elena feel at home, and she has nurtured a unique gift: the ability to decipher the ingredients of a perfume, and experience the feelings it evokes. Years later, Elena’s talent leads her to the cobbled streets of Paris. There she rediscovers an old, secret family perfume recipe that no other perfumier has been able to replicate. As Elena begins to open her heart to new adventures she meets a man who is guarding his own secrets. From France’s sun-drenched lavender fields to the ancient heart of Italy, together they will follow a path of secret scents, distant memories and new hopes...

 

The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by K Bivald

 

New York Times Bestseller Sara has never left Sweden but at the age of 28 she decides it’s time. She cashes in her savings, packs a suitcase full of books and sets off for Broken Wheel, Iowa, a town where she knows nobody. Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop. With a little help from the locals, Sara sets up Broken Wheel’s first bookstore. The shop might be a little quirky but then again, so is Sara. And as Broken Wheel’s story begins to take shape, there are some surprises in store for Sara too…

 

The Other Side of the WorldThe Other Side of the World by S Bishop

 

In the tradition of The Hours and Revolutionary Road comes a beautifully written and atmospheric (Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites) novel set in the 1960s about marriage, motherhood, identity, nostalgia, and the fantasy of home. The only thing harder than losing home is trying to find it again. Cambridge, 1963. Charlotte is struggling. With motherhood, with the changes marriage and parenthood bring, with losing the time and energy to paint. Her husband, Henry, cannot face the thought of another English winter. A brochure slipped through the mailbox gives him the answer: Australia brings out the best in you. Charlotte is too worn out to resist, and before she knows it they are travelling to the other side of the world. But upon their arrival in Perth, the southern sun shines a harsh light on the couple and slowly reveals that their new life is not the answer either was hoping for. Charlotte barely recognizes herself in this place where she is no longer a promising young artist, but instead a lonely housewife, venturing into the murky waters of infidelity. Henry, an Anglo-Indian, is slowly ostracized at the university where he teaches poetry. Subtle at first, it soon invades his entire sense of identity. Trapped by nostalgia, Charlotte and Henry are both left wondering if there is anywhere in this world they truly belong. Which of them will make the attempt to find out? Who will succeed?"

 

The Bookshop on Rosemary LaneThe Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by E Berry

 

**Take a trip to the Yorkshire village of Burley Bridge, where a very special little cookbook shop is about to open its doors…** In the beginning… Kitty Cartwright has always solved her problems in the kitchen. Her cookbooks are her life, and there isn’t an issue that ‘Cooking with Aspic’ can’t fix. Her only wish is that she had a book entitled ‘Rustling Up Dinner When Your Husband Has Left You’. Forty years later… On Rosemary Lane, Della Cartwright plans to open a very special little bookshop. Not knowing what to do with the hundreds of cookbooks her mother left her, she now wants to share their recipes with the world – and no amount of aspic will stand in her way. But with her family convinced it’s a hare-brained scheme, Della starts to wonder if she’s made a terrible decision. One thing’s for sure: she’s about to find out… Lose yourself in Della’s world of food, family and friends. The perfect read for fans of Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews.

 

How not to DisappearHow not to Disappear by C Furniss

 

Our memories are what make us who we are. Some are real. Some are made up. But they are the stories that tell us who we are. Without them we are nobody. Hattie's summer isn't going as planned. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to 'find himself" and Kat is in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with endless drama around her mum's wedding. Oh, and she's also just discovered that she's pregnant with Reuben's baby…Then Gloria, Hattie's great-aunt who no one even knew existed, comes crashing into her life. Gloria's fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling and is in the early stages of dementia. Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery - Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are erased from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future… Non Pratt's Trouble meets Thelma and Louise with a touch of Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, Clare Furniss' remarkable How Not To Disappear is an emotional rollercoaster of a novel that will make you laugh and break your heart.

 

The Forgotten SummerThe Forgotten Summer by C Drinkwater

 

'Secrets, tragedy, hidden pasts and family secrets all set in glorious Provence - I loved this' Santa Montefiore Secrets ripen and fester over a long sweltering summer in France ... The annual grape harvest at the Cambon family's magnificent vineyard is always a cause for celebration. But not this year. When an accident destroys the crop, leaving the estate facing ruin, Clarisse Cambon knows exactly who to blame - her daughter-in-law Jane. It's just the latest incident in a decades-long feud whose origin both women have concealed from Luc, who struggles to keep his wife and mother on speaking terms. But is Luc the saint he appears to be? When tragedy strikes, Jane is thrown into doubt. What secrets has her husband been keeping? Forced to take charge of the ailing vineyard, Jane uncovers further proof that Luc may not be the man she fell in love with twenty years ago. And, worse still, she knows that her old enemy Clarisse is the only one who knows the truth... For fans of Santa Montefiore and Victoria Hislop, The Forgotten Summer is an atmospheric tale of secrets, forbidden passion and heartbreak.

 

Secrets of Nanreath HallSecrets of Nanreath Hall by A Rickloff

 

This incredible debut historical novel—in the tradition of Beatriz Williams and Jennifer Robson—tells the fascinating story of a young mother who flees her home on the rocky cliffs of Cornwall and the daughter who finds her way back, seeking answers. Cornwall, 1940. Back in England after the harrowing evacuation at Dunkirk, WWII Red Cross nurse Anna Trenowyth is shocked to learn her adoptive parents Graham and Prue Handley have been killed in an air raid. She desperately needs their advice as she’s been assigned to the military hospital that has set up camp inside her biological mother’s childhood home—Nanreath Hall. Anna was just six-years-old when her mother, Lady Katherine Trenowyth, died. All she has left are vague memories that tease her with clues she can’t unravel. Anna’s assignment to Nanreath Hall could be the chance for her to finally become acquainted with the family she’s never known—and to unbury the truth and secrets surrounding her past. Cornwall, 1913. In the luxury of pre-WWI England, Lady Katherine Trenowyth is expected to do nothing more than make a smart marriage and have a respectable life. When Simon Halliday, a bohemian painter, enters her world, Katherine begins to question the future that was so carefully laid out for her. Her choices begin to lead her away from the stability of her home and family toward a wild existence of life, art, and love. But as everything begins to fall apart, Katherine finds herself destitute and alone. As Anna is drawn into her newfound family’s lives and their tangled loyalties, she discovers herself at the center of old heartbreaks and unbearable tragedies, leaving her to decide if the secrets of the past are too dangerous to unearth…and if the family she’s discovered is one she can keep.

 

The Museum of Things Left BehindThe Museum of Things Left Behind by S Glaister

 

Escape into the warmth and charm of this big-hearted modern fable – and discover a European country you’ve never heard of. Nestling in the picturesque mountains between Italy and Austria is the beautiful but isolated country of Vallerosa, a land of stopped clocks, full employment, pungent tea, patriotism, rival cafés and a slower way of life. The world has finally started to take notice of this hidden gem, and when a letter arrives, announcing the imminent arrival of a Very Important Person, the Vallerosans hurry to make preparations for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show off their country. But the visitor is not quite what they had in mind...

 

PharaohPharaoh by W Smith

 

The Worldwide Number One Bestseller Wilbur Smith returns to Ancient Egypt in a captivating new novel that will transport you to extraordinary times. EGYPT IS UNDER ATTACK. Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded, All seems lost. Taita prepares for the enemy’s final, fatal push. The ex-slave, now general of Tamose’s armies, is never more ingenious than when all hope is dashed. And this is Egypt’s most desperate hour. With the timely arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned and the Egyptian army feasts upon its retreating foe. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita is seized and branded a traitor. Tamose is dead and a poisonous new era has begun. The new Pharaoh has risen. Pharaoh Utteric is young, weak and cruel, and threatened by Taita’s influence within the palace – especially his friendship with Utteric’s younger and worthier brother, Ramases. With Taita’s imprisonment, Ramases is forced to make a choice: help Taita escape and forsake his brother, or remain silent and condone Utteric’s tyranny. To a good man like Ramases, there is no choice. Taita must be set free, Utteric must be stopped and Egypt must be reclaimed. From the glittering temples of Luxor to the Citadel of Sparta, PHARAOH is an intense and powerful novel magnificently transporting you to a time of threat, blood and glory. Master storyteller, Wilbur Smith, is at the very peak of his powers.

 

Truly Madly GuildtyTruly Madly Guilty by L Moriarty

 

The electrifying new novel from the international bestselling author, Liane Moriarty Despite their differences, Erika and Clementine have been best friends since they were children. So when Erika needs help, Clementine should be the obvious person to turn to. Or so you'd think. For Clementine, as a mother of a two desperately trying to practise for the audition of a lifetime, the last thing she needs is Erika asking for something, again. But the barbecue should be the perfect way to forget their problems for a while. Especially when their hosts, Vid and Tiffany, are only too happy to distract them. Which is how it all spirals out of control...

 

KoorsKoors by D Meyer

 

Die Koors het byna almal gevat. Maar nie dertien jaar oue Nico Storm en sy pa, Willem, nie. Deur ’n Suid-Afrikaanse landskap feitlik sonder mense, met al hoe minder blikkieskos in die verlate winkels, Koeberg-bestraling in die Wes-Kaap en al hoe meer moorddadige hondebendes – én mensebendes – swerf Nico en sy pa, op soek na ’n plek om die samelewing weer te vestig. Wanneer hulle dit eindelik sover het by die ou Vanderkloof – nou Amanzi – met ’n groepie swerflinge wat saam van voor af wil begin, steek al die ou sondes van die mensdom kop uit. Gou is Amanzi op geloofs- en politieke lyne verdeel, en verdediging teen die swaar gewapende motorfietsbendes wat dwarsoor Suid-Afrika plunder en moor raak al hoe moeiliker. En wat van die geheimsinnige, yskoue Domingo, wat by Amanzi aangery kom op ’n motorfiets van sy eie en spoedig as paramilitêre leier ontpop – kan hý ooit vertrou word? Dis nie lank nie, of moord kom inderdaad ook na Amanzi … In Koors vertel die volwasse Nico Storm die verhaal van die moord op sy pa. Dit is ’n aksiebelaaide nuwe rigting vir Deon Meyer, met al die aspekte wat lesers van sy spanningsfiksie verwag en nog vele nuwe lekkertes daarby.

 

The ChosenThe Chosen by K Ohlsson

 

The brand new thriller featuring Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht of the Stockholm police. On a cold winter's day, a pre-school teacher is shot to death in front of parents and children at the Jewish Congregation in Stockholm. Just a few hours later two Jewish boys go missing on their way to tennis practice. A heavy snowstorm hits Stockholm and the traces of the perpetrator are few and far between. Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht are faced with one of their toughest challenges ever as they hunt for a killer that seems as merciless as he is effective. The leads in the investigation are many and diverse but in the end they all point to the same place: Israel. Someone or something called the Paper Boy keeps popping up in the police investigation. But who was he really? And could he possibly have resurfaced in Stockholm, now claiming new victims?

 

Never NeverNever Never by J Patterson

 

Detective Harriet Blue needs to get out of town, fast. With her brother under arrest for a series of brutal murders in Sydney, Harry’s chief wants the hot-headed detective kept far from the press. So he assigns her a deadly new case – in the middle of the outback. Deep in the Western Australian desert, three young people have disappeared from the Bandya Mine. And it’s Harry’s job to track them down. But still reeling from events back home, and with a secretive new partner at her side, Harry’s not sure who she can trust anymore. And, in this unforgiving land, she has no idea how close she is to a whole new kind of danger...

 

Fool me OnceFool me Once by H Coben

 

STOP PRESS NEWS! NOW A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER, AND OPTIONED FOR FILM WITH JULIA ROBERTS TO STAR IN AND PRODUCE If your husband was murdered And you were a witness How do you explain it when he appears on your nanny cam? You thought you trusted him. Now you can't even trust yourself. Dark secrets and a terrifying hunt for the truth lie at the heart of this gripping new thriller by the 'master of the double twist', Harlan Coben.

 

 

Non-Fiction

 

 

The Men who made the SASThe Men who made the SAS by G Mortimer

 

Established in June 1940, the Long Range Desert Group was the inspiration of scientist and soldier Major Ralph Bagnold, a contemporary of T.E Lawrence who, in the inter-war years, explored the North African desert in a Model T Ford automobile. Mortimer takes us from the founding of the LRDG, through their treacherous journey across the Egyptian Sand Sea and beyond, offering a hitherto unseen glimpse into the heart of this most courageous organisation, whose unique and valiant contributions to the war effort can now finally be recognized and appreciated.

 

Homo DeusHomo Deus by YN Harari

 

**From the author of the global phenomenon Sapiens** ‘Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before.’ Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. In Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century – from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. War is obsolete You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict Famine is disappearing You are at more risk of obesity than starvation Death is just a technical problem Equality is out – but immortality is in What does our future hold?

 

Under Nelson Mandela BoulevardUnder Nelson Mandela Boulevard by S Christie

 

Part memoir, part ethnography, Under Nelson Mandela Boulevardis journalist Sean Hunter Christie’s account of time spent amongst the Tanzanian stowaways who live rough under the Nelson Mandela Boulevard flyover, at the foot of Cape Town. After a year living in South Africa’s most unequal city, the young Zimbabwean is introduced to serial stowaway Adam Bashili, through the photographer David Southwood. This encounter changes everything. Adam introduces Christie to the extraordinary world of the “beachboys”, a multi-port, fourth generation sub-culture of young men from the slums of Dar es Salaam, who came to South Africa with the aim of stowing away on ships bound for other continents. Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard presents Cape Town as it has not yet been seen: as a series of desperate social margents and cloying controls, but also of unbelievable and somehow hopeful beliefs and survival strategies. Leading the author on an unprecedented tour of Dar es Salaam’s underworld, followed by a madcap heroin run down Africa’s east coast, Adam leads him to a trail-head of his own: a way beyond his largely perceived oppressions.

 

Blood on Their HandsBlood on their Hands by J Booysen

 

When Johan Booysen hears that the new Provincial Police Chief takes backhanders from a businessman in Durban, South Africa, he decides to give her the benefit of the doubt. But the evidence becomes impossible to ignore and he soon gets dragged down the corridors of power and politics into the web of intrigue, deceit and betrayal that, at times, he has trouble making sense of. Only when he is arrested, handcuffed and tossed into a cell does Booysen realise just how ruthless those opposed to him are – an opposition he comes to call the ‘cabal’ – and whom he believes have more blood on their hands than the so-called Cato Manor Death Squad with which he is closely associated. Blood on their Hands traces Johan Booysen’s life and career – from patrolling the streets of Amanzimtoti in the 1970s to his rise in 2010 to major general and head of KZN’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation unit, the Hawks. But his tenure is short-lived. When Booysen decides to take on those so determined to be rid of him, each legal battle he wins is met by hostility and further efforts to shut him out of the criminal justice system. But capitulating is not in his DNA.

 

The World of Cycling According the GThe World of Cycling According to G by G Thomas

 

Sit back or saddle up as double Olympic gold medallist and multiple world champion Geraint Thomas gives you a warts and all insight into the life of a pro cyclist. Along the way he reveals cycling's clandestine codes and secret stories, tales from the peloton, the key characters like Wiggins, Hoy and Cav, the pivotal races and essential etiquette. Geraint Thomas is treasured for treating his sport just as the rest of us see it: not a job but an escape and an adventure. He's been with Team Sky since its inception, and is one of our most successful and gifted track and road riders, but Geraint reminds us that getting on the bike still puts a smile on your face and fire in the legs like nothing else. Funny, informative, diverting and droll, this is a joyful celebration of the world of cycling.

 

Milas MealsMila’s Meals by C Barnhoorn

 

A collection of nourishing wholefood recipes and food ideas for baby’s first year (and the rest of the family too). Over 100 recipes from pureés to solids, ALL free from gluten, sugar and dairy - this is the only book you will need for the first few years of your 'free-from' child's life. With a wealth of information including: The Why • The truth behind common infant food fallacies

• The why, what and how to begin your little one’s life-long relationship with food.

• An expose of what is really in that convenient, ready-made food and the affect it has on your child physically, mentally and emotionally.

• The importance and maintenance of gut health.

• Why not gluten, dairy and sugar.

The What

• Essential nutrients, the role they play, and where to find them.

• A detailed glossary for every ingredient used in the book.

The How

• Over 100 (mostly) uncomplicated recipes made with easy-to-find ingredients.

• A re-introduction of essential traditional foods & food preparation techniques (like sauerkraut, slow-cooked bone broths as well as how and why to soak grains).

• ‘Do-able’ meals for working parents - all the food can be made in bulk and frozen.

Part food journal, part recipe book, part nutrition encyclopedia, it is a call to action for every parent to be conscious of what they are feeding their little ones, providing a guideline on how to achieve this as effectively and effortlessly as possible. If you are a new Mama or know anyone who is; if your child has food allergies or intolerance's; if you plan to raise your children on a 'free from' diet or if you would simply like to nutritionally educate yourself then this is the book for you.

 

My Low Carb KitchenMy Low Carb Kitchen by V De Beer (Also available in Afrikaans)

 

My Low Carb Kitchen is an easy, accessible, step-by-step guide to living a low-carb lifestyle. It tells you which foods to eliminate, and which to include, to be healthy and full of energy. With over 50 mouthwatering recipes, weekly meal plans and shopping lists, you will be organised in no time.

My Low Carb Kitchen tells you all about:

•How to transfer to a low-carb way of eating

•How to lose weight on a low-carb diet

•How going low-carb can help with coeliac disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue, gluten intolerance and inflammation

•How to make delicious low-carb recipes including bolognaise, low-carb buns, slow-roasted pork, nachos, almond and yoghurt flapjacks and even a creamy cheesecake

 

PlaaskosPlaaskos by A du Plessis

 

Arina du Plessis is the beloved food editor of Landbouweekblad and gives more than 100 fuss-free recipes to feed family and friends. Plaaskos provides recipes for yummy winter soups, stews and bread; simple suppers, fresh salads and picnic fare for warmer days; and delicious puddings and teatime treats for every season.

 

 

South AfricaSouth Africa by Struik Publishing

 

When a burning sun dips low enough on the horizon to touch the brown-black earth, that is when South Africa is at its very best – a blazing expanse of broad landscapes of sea and veld, dusty savanna and equally dusty pavements. It is a vast country, extending from pristine coastal plain to rugged mountain passes across wide stretches of semidesert and forest, hills and valleys. Even travelling South Africans are unprepared for the sheer scale and enormous diversity of this grand landscape. Every day, everywhere, there are new sights to behold and new experiences to share – a graceful old Cape Dutch homestead set against lush vineyards, blue-purple mountains, a bird on a wire. It is the sun, the sand, the textures, the colours and the sounds that conjure up the spirit of South Africa. This volume is a fine tribute to the country, its people and its land- and cityscapes. This is the face of the nation – the essence of South Africa.

 

Visitors Guide Flower Route 2Visitor’s Guide: Flower Route by M Whitehead

 

This guide explores the coast north of Cape Town when 3,500 species burst into bloom in the veld during the sexiest part of their reproduction cycle. Of course it all depends on when the rain comes. Whether you are a happy-snapper type of tourist or a more serious flower lover with botanical leanings, a visit to the flowers will lighten the heart, lift the spirit and pique the curiosity. The guide combines visual inspiration with practical advice on where to see the best wild spring flowers, starting with early bloomers in late July to September’s spectacular landscapes and October’s lesser-known gems. There is also a great overview map as well as flower-spotting tips, identification of commonly seen flowers, wildlife alerts, tourist spots, accommodation, flower etiquette and the protection of flowers. This guide is a fantastic keepsake for anyone who enjoys leaving the city life behind, and is light-weight for tourists to take back home as their travel memento.

 

How to make your First MillionHow to make your First Million by W Ingram

 

‘Making your first million might seem like an impossible dream, but I’ve seen enough people from all walks of life doing exactly that. I know that anyone can do it …’ - Warren Ingram Have you ever wondered how wealthy people actually made their first million? Here is a simple, easy-to-follow book that shows how various people have made their money in their own unique way, helping you to find a method that will assist you in making your first million and gaining financial freedom. We would all like to reach a stage where we are able to live off the income from our savings and investments. Sadly, very few people ever get there. But now there is help at hand: this highly accessible book is aimed at anyone who wants to learn how to make their first million in savings. It provides real examples of ordinary people who have reached their financial goals and explains how you can do the same, and offers practical ways of setting goals and keeping yourself motivated to achieve them, especially in tough times. How to Make Your First Million furnishes people from all walks of life with practical information on how to achieve financial freedom in a range of different ways, and shows that it is possible for everyone to be financially free.

 

Its not a Perfect WorldIt’s not a Perfect World but I’ll Take It by J Rose

 

Jennifer Rose is autistic. She's also a college student who loves reading, writes fan fiction, and wants to be on TV someday. She sees the world a little differently than most people around her. She's had trouble coping with school, has struggled with bullies and mean girls, but she has also achieved much in the face of adversity. And through it all, with the help of her parents, Jennifer's learned a few lessons:

#5: Use your dreams to make a difference.

#8: You won't be perfect at everything, not even the things you do best.

#18: Learn to take jokes, even your dad's.

#26: Down times will be bouncing up soon...

#27: ...meanwhile, enjoy what you have.

#47: Talk about your feelings, even when it's hard.

It's Not a Perfect World, but I'll Take It is an uplifting guide to life. It explains how you can be different and still connect with others, how to deal with tough realities, and how to celebrate happy times. Told with irresistible honesty and humor, Jennifer's fifty bite-sized stories will have teens and adults nodding in recognition and gaining new insights about themselves.

 

Wild as it GetsWild as it Gets by D Pinnock

 

What's your cat up to when you're not around? Do dragons exist? Are clouds alive? Why did three men risk their lives for a single penguin egg? These are just a few of the questions and stories puzzled over by award-winning travel writer and naturalist Don Pinnock in this collection assembled from years of wandering around Africa. A funny, entertaining and thought-provoking book.

 

 

How to Play the worlds most exclusive Gold ClubsHow to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs by J Sabino

 

The most exclusive golf clubs in the world are special places that elicit feelings of awe and wonder from most golfers. How great would it be to play some of the storied venues of the game such as Winged Foot, Riviera or Muirfield? Or, the ultimate for any golfer, Augusta National, home of the Masters? How to Play the World's Most Exclusive Golf Clubs highlights the many ways that golfers can enter the world's elite clubs, located in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. How do you go about gaining access to some of some of golf's hallowed grounds? Who do you have to know? How do you find a member? What is the etiquette to follow? This book gives insights into what has worked for the author and other motivated golfers. An avid golfer and student of golf history, John brings an unparalleled enthusiasm, a unique perspective, and an insider's insights to the task. Throughout each chapter there are personal stories about the author's experience and unique stories about some of the lengths to which golfers have gone to gain access to golf's premier venues. The proliferation of golf course ratings by magazines, combined with the expanded information about golf courses and golf architecture that the Internet age has brought to the fore, has created a new and expanding group of golf aficionados who dream of playing at exclusive golf courses and are eager to learn the secrets of doing so. This book's coverage of more than 125 global clubs will be perfect for any player. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports--books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes and sports enthusiasts, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

 

 

Children

 

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Engines to the RescueEngines to the Rescue – Magnet Book by Egmont Books

 

Peep! Peep! All aboard with Thomas the Tank Engine in this magnetic adventure! Toddlers can take a journey across the Island of Sodor and meet all the trains in this fun, magnetic book with 4 great scenes. Then create adventures of your own with Thomas, James, Percy, Harold and all their friends. Each of the 10 engines is a magnetic piece that can be used again and again. There are hours of fun to be had and this is the perfect way to encourage children aged 3 and up to use their imaginations. Thomas has been teaching children lessons about life and friendship for over 70 years. He ranks alongside other beloved character such as Paddington Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh and Peter Rabbit as an essential part of our literary heritage.

 

Chus Day at the beachChus’ Day at the Beach by N Gaiman & A Rex

 

Chu, the little panda with the BIG sneeze, is BACK - and this time he's going to the seaside! Like all pandas, Chu LOVES the seaside. There are seagulls and rock pools and ice cream. Chu will have a lovely day, and with all that sea, sand and sun, what could possibly go wrong?

 

Lovely Old LionLovely Old Lion by J Jarman & S Varley

 

Lenny the lion loves his grandpa, King Lion. But when King Lion starts to forget things, Lenny begins to worry. He can’t understand why Grandpa keeps getting muddled and doesn’t want to play anymore. Lenny doesn’t know what to do, but with a little help from Grandpa’s old friends, perhaps he can find a way to help him remember…

 

Mr Men DinosaursMr. Men Adventure with Dinosaurs by R Hargreaves

 

Little Miss Curious has found a footprint. The biggest footprint she has ever seen. And so begins a Mr Men hunt to find the dinosaurs with some extraordinary encounters between the two, including when Mr Tickle meets a Tyrannosaurus Rex! With a fun facts page comparing the Mr Men to dinosaurs! The Mr Men and Little Miss Adventures take Roger Hargreaves’ beloved characters on amazing trips to other worlds and different times where they have all kinds of funny and exciting escapades. 

 

Mr Men EgyptMr. Men Adventure in Egypt by R Hargreaves

 

Little Miss Splendid is on holiday in Egypt with her friends where she dreams of being Queen Splendid of the Nile! Will the mummies have more bandages than Mr Bump and how will they find their way out when they get lost inside a pyramid? Includes the hieroglyphic alphabet, so you can write your name in hieroglyphics! The Mr Men and Little Miss Adventures take Roger Hargreaves’ beloved characters on amazing trips to other worlds and different times where they have all kinds of funny and exciting escapades.

 

Millie PicklesnoutMagic Animal Friends: Millie Picklesnout’s Wild Ride by D Meadows

 

Lily and Jess can't wait for the Friendship Forest Funfair on the magical Sapphire Isle. But the lake around it has turned wild and dangerous... could this be the work of wicked witch Grizelda? Tiny piglet Millie Picklesnout must help the girls make the waters safe again for everyone!

 

 

PrettywhiskersMagic Animal Friends: Katie Prettywhiskers to the Rescue by D Meadows

 

It's a lovely sunny day in the magical land of Friendship Forest. Lily and Jess and their animal friends are having lots of summer fun - until wicked witch Grizelda casts an icy spell! Can tabby kitten Katie Prettywhiskers help the girls save the beautiful Shimmer Lake from being frozen over?

 

 

Phoebe Paddlefoot 2Magic Animal Friends: Phoebe Paddlefoot Makes a Splash by D Meadows

 

In the magical land of Friendship Forest, a special boat race is taking place. Best friends Lily and Jess can't wait! But when the sparkling Shimmer Lake starts to turn dark and murky, they know wicked witch Grizelda is to blame. Can little beaver Phoebe Paddlefoot help them get the lake sparkling again?

 

 

Spy DogSpy Dog: Gunpowder Plot by A Cope

 

The FINAL adventure for Lara the Spy Dog! Mr Big is on the loose. He's planning a final crime that will make him the most famous criminal alive: blowing up every prison in the country! Lara and her spy team have their noses to the ground and know something evil is coming. Lara follows the clues to London and Big Ben's clock tower, where the explosives are set. With help from the spy pups and spy cat, can she stop Mr Big once and for all...before the clock strikes midnight?

 

The Animals of Farthing WoodThe Animals of Farthing Wood by C Dann

 

ANIMALS OF FARTHING WOOD: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS by Colin Dann is the prequel to The Animals of Farthing Wood which takes the reader right back to the very beginning. There had always been otters in the stream running through Farthing Wood - and that had never been a problem for the other animals before but when there is a shortage of fish in the stream, the otters are forced to hunt on land.The otters are taking valuable prey and the foxes and other Farthing Wood animals have to compete for food. Lean Vixen is determined to protect her family from starvation, and that means deciding on a plan to drive the otters out once and for all.

 

The Fairy Caravan 2The Fairy Caravan by B Potter

 

Tuppenny the guinea pig sets out from home determined to start a new life. Soon he comes across a miniature travelling circus where he meets Sandy the Highland Terrier, Jenny Ferret, Paddy Pig and Pony Billy who welcome him into their company. Tuppenny and his new friends travel the countryside, performing for the animals of the farms and fields, and share many magical adventures along the way, such as the day Paddy Pig gets lost in the enchanted woods... Beatrix Potter wrote this chapter book for older children towards the end of her writing career. She wrote it for her own pleasure and at the request of friends in America who shared her love of the Lake District and north country tales.

 

 

9-12

 

 

Girls OnlyGirls Only by V Parker

 

Girls Only! focuses on the practicalities of periods, the social and personal implications of starting your period, and the physical and emotional developments in puberty. It tells you what happens and when, what you need to know and how to prepare. It answers all the questions girls are dying to ask, but daren't, in a clear, friendly way, using real-life examples. It's the perfect first book about periods for girls of primary school age as it provides information at the right level. The tone is positive and reassuring and complemented by quirky illustrations throughout.

 

The Secret of Blueberries Brothers Moose and MeThe Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose and Me by S Nickerson

 

A moving story of finding yourself in the face of big changes--ideal for fans of "J"udy Blume," Fish in a Tree, and Counting by 7s" To make some extra money, twelve-year-old Missy and her older brother Patrick get summer jobs picking blueberries at a local farm. For Missy, though, it's about more than just money-- it's the perfect distraction from the fact that her two best friends have gone off to summer camp without her and that her dad is getting remarried. She'd love for everything to stay the way it is, but she soon discovers that the summer is full of secrets: the secrets to making her family feel whole again; the secrets to keeping her two best friends from changing and leaving her behind; the secrets of a local farm's blood feud; and most importantly, the secrets of blueberries.

 

 

Teen

 

 

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by P Ness

 

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... This monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa and Galaxy Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. This internationally best-selling novel is an extraordinarily moving tale of love, loss and hope, from a multi-award-winning writer.

 

MaxMax by S Cohen-Scali

 

Baby Max is the perfect prototype of the Nazi eugenics programme; he is the ideal size, he has the correct colour hair and flawless blue eyes. Raised in an ideology driven by hatred and ruled by fear, Max is taught to endure pain and be brave at all costs. But as he is drawn further into the horror of war, Max must fight to untangle the truth from the lie. 

 

 

The Moonlight DreamersThe Moonlight Dreamers by S Curham

 

A inspirational, heart-warming book about four girls trying to find their place in the world. Siobhan Curham celebrates very different but like-minded friends in this captivating novel. Amber craves excitement and adventure. Instead, she's being bullied at school for having two dads, and life at home isn't much better. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Amber realizes that among the millions of people in London, there must be others who feel the same as she does; other dreamers - moonlight dreamers. After chance encounters with Maali, Sky and Rose, Amber soon recruits the three girls to the Moonlight Dreamers. It's high time they started pursuing their dreams, and how better than with the support of friends?

 

A Tale of Two BestiesA Tale of Two Besties by S Rossi

 

Best friends. BFFs. Soul twinsies. Whatever you want to call them, Harper and Lily were born to be besties. With high school just around the corner, casual-cool Cali girl Harper and awkward, always-costumed Lily make sure to text each other every day about their bond: Harper: I love you so much that I am going to sneak out of detention to pay that guy from Craigslist GBP100 to cutoff all your hair for my secret collection. Lily: I love you so much I'm going destroy everyone in your life that matters and force you to depend and love only me. Harper: That sounds beautiful. I love you. Not even the threat of different high schools could throw this BFFship off-course, even if Lily begs her parents not to send her to the "dreaded Pathways," a special school for creative types, while effortlessly-popular Harper attends Beverly High with the rest of their class. But in a city where fitting in means standing out and there's nothing more uncool than being cool, it's the naturally charismatic Harper with her blond hair and perfect bone structure who finds herself fighting the tide of American Apparel'd teens who rule the school. Meanwhile, it's the perpetually "gawkward" Lily who accessories every ensemble with a pair of tattered fairy wings who finds herself flying alongside the queen bees of Pathways. Can BFF-ship survive the tidal wave of HS drama, or does growing up mean leaving some friends behind. 

 

Girl Online On TourGirl Online on Tour by Z Sugg

 

The sequel to the number-one bestseller Girl Online. Penny's bags are packed . . . When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can't wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend. But, between Noah's jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she's really cut out for life on tour. She can't help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online. Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?

 

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