… Among our carefully picked selection of some of the best and most popular books released this month: http://bit.ly/2zUIZSj
The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy’s body. From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm – called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo – and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.
Today it’s Elena’s turn to share her list:
The top 5 of my reading year
4321 by Paul Auster – A big complicated brick of a book, but absolutely worth your time. Utterly absorbing and the structuring is perfect. If you liked Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life, try this.
I am Malala Malala’s autobiography. Eye-opening, this book taught me so much.
The Outrun Memoir of a drinker – but so much more too. An exploration of the nature of extremes: of nature, of geography, of people. Exceptional.
Days without end Extraordinary novel set in 1800s America, recounting the experience of two Irish soldiers.
The Natural Way of Things Grimly brilliant dystopian novel set in a misogynist society. Not a barrel of laughs.
You can find the whole list of short-listed books here.
What a wonderful book! If you grew up with tales of Malory Towers or St Clare’s, this book for adults will bring happy memories flooding back. Set in a Cornish boarding school, we follow the adventures of teachers, girls and the Head.
Written by the brilliant Jenny Colgan under a different name.
There’s something NEW & exciting in Norfolk Libraries – Grab & Go Bags
In a hurry?
Favourite author not writing quickly enough?
Struggling to find something new to read? or Simply spoilt for choice?
Why not pick up a Grab & Go bag. Bags of themed books chosen by staff for your enjoyment.
Choose your bag then just issue it through the self-service machine [3 week loan].
Grab & Go bags are available to suit all ages; Adult, Teen, Junior & Child (picture books).
Adult and Child bags contain 6 books and Teen and Junior bags contain 4 books.
Look out for the coloured labels, Adult/Blue; Teen/Purple; Junior/Yellow and Child/Red.
You are welcome to renew any or all of the books and just return the bag to the library.
Now available from: Dersingham, Downham Market, Gaywood, Hunstanton, Kings Lynn and North Walsham Libraries.
Happy reading #GrabAndGo
I loved Shappi Khorsandi’s memoir, A beginner’s guide to acting English so much that I can’t wait to read her first novel:
Nina does not have a drinking problem. She likes a drink, sure. But what 17-year-old doesn’t? Nina’s mum isn’t so sure. But she’s busy with her new husband and five year old Katie. And Nina’s almost an adult after all. And if Nina sometimes wakes up with little memory of what happened the night before, then her friends are all too happy to fill in the blanks. Nina’s drunken exploits are the stuff of college legend. But then one dark Sunday morning, even her friends can’t help piece together Saturday night. All Nina feels is a deep sense of shame, that something very bad has happened to her. A dark, funny – sometimes shocking – coming of age novel from one of the UK’s leading comedians.
A lively cast of characters, different ages, different backgrounds, all living together in the one house, a house that has been a sanctuary for all of them, it was there when they needed it. It may be the shabbiest house of a smart white-painted Georgian terrace in North London, but it’s home.
It belongs to Leonie, not good at reading her mail so fails to take in the important information that her lease on the house is coming to an end and needs renewing. It gets lost in solicitor’s letters from neighbours complaining about the state of the building.
Each person who lives there has a different reason for being there, one escaping from an abusive relationship, another arriving from Poland looking for her brother and having nowhere to stay.
Leonie takes them all in, as she once had been taken in. We gradually learn her story as she tells it to Stef over a period of time.
Thoroughly enjoyable story, I recommend it. Can’t wait for Rachel’s next one.
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Here are my top 11 in no particular order – Sandy.
Together Apart by Natalie Martin
When Adam proposes to Sarah, the last thing he expects is to be single and heartbroken less than forty-eight hours later. But Sarah has a secret, and she’s willing to sacrifice everything to keep it. Going through a break-up is hard enough but having to live together afterwards is even worse, especially when its a break-up neither person wants. For Adam, only ways to deal with it are drinking and partying. For Sarah, its keeping her distance and her secrets. Against a backdrop of lies, betrayals and passion, the delicate threads holding Sarah’s secret begin to unravel when her past and present collide. Reserve a copy.
Little Sister by Lucy Dawson
In the dead of night, Kate receives a phone call. Police have recovered her sister Anya’s clothes and personal belongings at the poolside of a remote hideaway in Mexico – a place she had no idea Anya would be. Anya was last seen getting into a vehicle with a local diving instructor but now he’s missing too. Their relationship has been complicated ever since a devastating tragedy blew their family apart, but Kate cannot believe Anya would willingly travel somewhere so isolated with a man she barely knows . . . would she? In a race against time, Kate must fight to find her little sister before it’s too late. Haunting, emotional and laced with psychological suspense, Little Sister will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. Reserve a copy
The invisible woman by Helen Walmsley-Johnson
Sixty is the new forty, we’re constantly told. Or is it that seventy is the new fifty? Yet fashionable clothes shops cater for little but elfin twenty-year-olds; magazines carry little but articles about appearing younger. Heaven forbid you try to apply for a job. Older women are permitted to be either part of the slippers and cardigans brigade, or to cling desperately to their youth and insist on being ‘young at heart’. Can’t there be a third way? Read more
The Missing by C L Taylor
When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire Wilkinson, blames herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface. Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance. A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it? Find a copy on the catalogue.
The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne
A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity – that she, in fact, is Lydia – their world comes crashing down once again. As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past – what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died? Find a copy on the shelves…
Dear Thing by Julie Cohen
After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily offered to give them the one thing they most wanted. But Romily wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire – and even destroy their marriage.Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make . . . Reserve a copy.
The return of Norah Wells by Virginia Macgregor
One ordinary morning, Norah Wells walked out of her house on Willoughby Street and never looked back. Six years later, she returns to the home she left only to find another woman in her place. Fay held Norah’s family together after she disappeared, she shares a bed with Norah’s husband and Norah’s youngest daughter calls Fay ‘Mummy’. Now that Norah has returned, everyone has questions. Where has she been? Why did she leave? And why is she back? As each member of the family tries to find the answers they need, they must also face up to the most pressing question of all – what happens to the mother who stayed when the mother who left comes back? Find a copy.
Moving by Jenny Éclair
Edwina Spinner has lived in the same house for over fifty years. It used to be a busy, crowded family home but now Edwina lives alone and it has grown too big for her. She has decided to sell it. The young estate agent who comes to value the house sees potential. Knock down a few walls, add a wet room. ‘People like a project.’ But as Edwina takes him from room to room, she is transported back to her old life as a young mother… Read more
The swimming pool by Louise Candlish
It’s summer, and for teachers Ed and Natalie Steele this means six weeks off work with their young daughter Molly. Their lives are predictable and uncomplicated – or, at least, they were – until they met the Channings. Suddenly, glamorous Lara Channing, a former actress leading an eccentrically lavish lifestyle, is taking Natalie under her wing and the stability of summer takes an exciting turn. But are there hidden motives behind this new friendship? And when the end-of-summer party at the lido is cut short by a blackout, Natalie realises that she’s been kept in the dark all along. Reserve a copy.
The House We Grew Up by In Lisa Jewell
When a tragedy breaks a family apart, what can bring it back together?The Birds seem to be the perfect family: mother, father, four children, a picture-book cottage in the country.But when something happens one Easter weekend, it is so unexpected, so devastating, that no one can talk about it.The family shatters, seemingly for ever.Until they are forced to return to the house they grew up in. And to confront what really took place all those years ago. Find a copy in the library.
The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
Anna Forster is 38 years old and has started to suffer from the early stages of Alzheimer’s. She knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to an assisted living facility – but best can still hurt. What she also knows is that there’s just one other resident her age at the facility – Luke. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to all that’s left. What remains are her feelings for Luke. Before long the pair fall in love, despite the forces that are set against them. But when a tragic incident occurs, Luke and Anna’s families decide to separate them. There is one person at the facility who can help the pair, but only if she’s willing to risk everything for them. Reserve a copy.