The Girl On The Train

Finally! The Girl On The Train is out today in paperback. It seems like we’ve been waiting for this book to be released for an age!

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trainRachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see: she’s much more than just the girl on the train.

New from the author of The Curious Incident…

A new book from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is surely cause for celebration. And best of all, these are short stories, perfect for hoovering up on the go. Read one at the bus stop, one while you’re drying your hair. You can even read them on the loo, no-one will know!

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haddonAn expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A thirty-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve.In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short form (several of the stories have been longlisted for prizes), second that his imagination is even darker than we had thought.

Review: The Shore by Sara Taylor

shoreI loved this book, the best I’ve read in a good while. A collection of interlinking short stories, the book follows the lives of people (primarily women) living on a group of small islands of the coast of the USA over the least 200 years. Many of the people are living in poverty or facing discrimination in their lives (often both) and the graceful, nurturing or dysfunctional & violent ways they each respond to their circumstances make the backbone of this book. A must-read from this first-time author.


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“The Shore is a collection of small islands sticking out from the coast of Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean. The Shore takes the force of hurricanes, and grows so much food that it rots on the vine. The Shore is clumps of evergreens, wild ponies, oyster-shell roads, tumble-down houses, unwanted pregnancies, murder, storm-making, dark magic in the marshes. This novel features various generations over the course of 150 years in interconnecting stories, and we observe a sequence of lives on the Shore – the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of blood and fate that connect them all.”

The Books The Thing – Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Look out for a night of professional theatre in some of our libraries towards the end of May. New young company Librarian Theatre are touring libraries throughout the region with an innovative production, specially designed to perform among the bookshelves.The Books The Thing

“The Book’s the Thing” is a rapid re-telling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, newly adapted from Shakespeare’s text by the company’s co-founders Tom Cuthbertson, who directs the production, and Kelly Eva-May, who will play the lead role of Hamlet. It is a fast-paced, hour long play with a cast of three, and promises to be a unique experience!

Tickets cost £7 and can be booked through  (NB minimum age for accompanying children is 10.)

Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library – Friday 20 May, 7.30pm

King’s Lynn Library – Saturday 21 May, 7.30pm

Dereham Library – Monday 23 May, 7.30pm

Wymondham Library – Tuesday 24 May, 7.30pm

Gorleston Library – Wed 25 May, 7.30pm


Awards News: CrimeFest Awards Shortlists Announced — Euro Crime

The shortlists for the CrimeFest Awards have been announced. [Don’t forget you can try and win a free pass here.]From the press release:STEPHEN KING, IAN RANKIN, PAULA HAWKINS AND MORE FIGHT IT OUT IN THIS YEAR’S CRIMEFEST AWARDS2016 awards shortlist announcedCrimeFest, the UK’s biggest crime fiction convention, is thrilled to announce the shortlist for the…

via Awards News: CrimeFest Awards Shortlists Announced — Euro Crime

Review: Reamde by Neal Stephenson

reamI downloaded this as an ebook for my holiday, but I was a bit skeptical that a 900+ page cyberpunk techno-thriller would really be my thing – so I made sure I borrowed plenty of other books too (did you know you can borrow 6 ebooks at once from the library? All for free!).

I was utterly hooked from the moment I opened it! It’s a globe-spanning, fast-paced thriller with a fine cast of villains and heroes, plenty of wise-cracking and some tender moments. I’ll certainly be looking out for more from this author.


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Celebrating #Shakespeare400

Today marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Inspired to find out more about the great man? James Shapiro has written two books so far focusing on specific years in Shakespeare’s life. shap1

How did Shakespeare go from being a talented poet and playwright to become one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he invests in the new Globe theatre and creates four of his most famous plays – Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet.This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.


shap2Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare. Now, to mark the forthcoming 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, comes a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life: 1606.1606 is an intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare’s most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. 1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, was a fraught one for England. Plague returns. There is surprising resistance to the new king’s desire to turn England and Scotland into a united Britain. And fear and uncertainty sweep the land and expose deep divisions in the aftermath of a failed terrorist attack that came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot.James Shapiro deftly demonstrates how these extraordinary plays responded to the tumultuous events of this year, events that in unexpected ways touched upon Shakespeare’s own life. By immersing us in Shakespeare’s England, 1606 profoundly changes and enriches our experience of his plays, works that continue to speak to us with such immediacy.

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Out today, terrifying and award-winning!

loneyWinner of the 2015 Costa First Novel award; ‘The Loney is not just good, it’s great. It’s an amazing piece of fiction’ Stephen King

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“Two brothers. One mute, the other his lifelong protector. Year after year, their family visits the same sacred shrine on a desolate strip of coastline known as the Loney, in desperate hope of a cure. In the long hours of waiting, the boys are left alone. And they cannot resist the causeway revealed with every turn of the treacherous tide, the old house they glimpse at its end . . . Many years on, Hanny is a grown man no longer in need of his brother’s care. But then the child’s body is found. And the Loney always gives up its secrets, in the end.”

‘This is a novel of the unsaid, the implied, the barely grasped or understood, crammed with dark holes and blurry spaces that your imagination feels compelled to fill’ Observer

New thriller on shelves soon…

New hardback from James Naughtie (yes, that is him off of Radio 4!)

Paris in 1968 – seething with revolutionaries and spies – sees Will Flemyng’s world turned upside down, after a mysterious encounter on the metro and a chance revelation from a rival operative. In a city alive with talk of revolution, Will finds himself in the thick of the action, a young spy whose first adventures behind the Iron Curtain have already given him a secret glamour. But now he gets news that threatens the closest and most complicated relationship in his life, with his younger brother. In the unforgettable weeks of a crisis that claims blood and tests his deepest loyalties, Flemyng lives and loves the tumult of a city in which his private fears teach him the secrets that lie beneath the raucous politics of the streets. This is the making of the man whose journey leads to The Madness of July – Will Flemyng, trapped with his friends and enemies in The Paris Spring.

Art of Deception by A J Cross

Art of DeceptionA thriller involving forensic psychologist Dr Kate Hanson and Birmingham’s Unsolved Crimes Unit.

A mummified body is discovered. The victim is Nathan Troy, an art student who has been missing for 20 years. While trying to find out what happened to him, another boy disappears. Are the two linked?

There is a smallish cast of characters as to who could be the villain, or villains. Professors, students, druggies & local youth! All well portrayed.

Hope real psychologists don’t behave in this way though, visiting suspects on their own, found that a bit unrealistic, but necessary for the plot I suppose.

There are plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings within the plot to keep you reading.


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