The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

What a story – slow start but it built up and up to a fantastic thrilling crescendo.

A very popular parent at Plummer Prep, Brighton, Yvonne is left for dead in the school playground. The police think they know who did it but have no evidence. The local Inspector asks Cece an ex police officer for help as she has just started taking her children to the same school as the suspects.

The story is told from the viewpoint of Cece, Maxie, Anaya, and Hazel. It covers a lot of back history of each of them, hidden because it is shameful or even illegal. All the parts are integrated brilliantly to produce a cracking story.

A must read book from a master storyteller.


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New from the queen of guilty pleasures…

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers. But one day her notsoperfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. Forced to move back home to Somerset, Katie has to restart from square one. But when fate gifts her the chance to take revenge on Demeter, should Katie get medieval on the woman who ruined her dreams?

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Whoop whoop! That’s the sound of the NEW ELLY GRIFFITHS klaxon.

Out today in shiny new paperback: Elly Griffith’s latest Norwich and Kings Lynn-set mystery.

“Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich’s web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity – now it suggests a much more sinister purpose. Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she’s gone ‘underground’. This might be a figure of speech, but with the discovery of the bones and the rumours both Ruth and the police have heard that the network of old chalk-mining tunnels under Norwich is home to a vast community of rough sleepers, the clues point in only one direction. Local academic Martin Kellerman knows all about the tunnels and their history – but can his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing possibly be true? As the weather gets hotter, tensions rise.”

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Latest in the absolutely brilliant Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about. He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week . . .

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Malory Towers for grown-ups!

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.


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Summer Reading Challenge – Animal Agents

At your local Norfolk Library and Mobile library this summer – from Saturday 15 July.

Meet the awesome Animal Agents you’ll find sleuthing their way into libraries this summer for your children:

Bart the bloodhound has a nose for trouble. He may not be the fastest creature on four paws, but he can sniff out clues in super quick time.

Daisy the rabbit is dotty and dynamic, darting hither and thither on every mission in her super speedy wheelchair. She’s the perfect furry friend to keep tabs on a suspect.

Slip and Slide AKA the Snake Twins are a charming duo. They can stun a suspect into submission with their hypnotic stares!

Bernice heads up the Animal Agency. A super-smart brown bear, she’s no walkover, but Bernice always finds time for a honey break in her busy schedule.


Out tomorrow from Zadie Smith

New in paperback from Zadie Smith:

Two girls dream of being dancers – but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either. Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, ‘Swing Time‘ is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them.

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Reading Well for Long Term Conditions

We’ve launched a new scheme called Reading Well for Long Term Conditions – a book list for people with long term health conditions and their relatives and carers. The books provide information and advice to support living well with a long term condition.

The list covers conditions such as diabetes and stroke, as well as common symptoms such as pain and fatigue.

The books are free to reserve and can be borrowed for up to 6 weeks. Browse and reserve the books for free here  or check them out on Pinterest

The books are also available as eBooks, visit the Overdrive website to borrow them.

Animal Agents: Summer Reading Challenge

For Summer 2017, there’s something peculiar happening at the local library – and that’s where the Animal Agents come in! It’s a detective agency manned by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – and these guys are out to crack the case with a little help from their friends.

From solving the case of the graffiti writing to the strange case of a missing lunch, children will join in the fun with the Animal Agents by reading along. As children read library books on the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive a host of stickers, some with mysterious smells. By collecting the stickers on their collector folder, young readers will help the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes and who is to blame!

Visit any Norfolk Library or mobile library during the summer to start the adventure. Animal Agents is a must for all eagle-eyed kids and will test their skills and ingenuity along the way.

But with the Agents on their side, solving these mysteries comes with a large helping of fun!

There is something for all the family at your library this summer ………..

Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge 2017 starts from Sat 15 July.

Revisit a classic…

Out of print for more than 40 years, this much loved classic has just been reissued. Perfect for a wind-down weekend with a glass of wine…

“In 1879, a wealthy young woman elopes with an impoverished fisherman, leaving her family, who live on the volcanic island of Lanzarote, distraught. In 1968, 23-year-old Perdita West, secretary to the famous author Cora Gresham, visits Lanzarote, the strangest and most wild of the Canary Isles, on a research trip. They meet Cora’s estranged son, Mike, and fall in love with the unusual, beautiful little island. While snorkeling, a landslide traps Perdita in an underwater cave. No one knows where she is, so she can’t count on a rescue. And her efforts to save herself will reveal the solution to a century-old mystery.”

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