New Non Fiction this week

Deep SouthDeep South by Paul Theroux

For the past 50 years, Paul Theroux has travelled to the far corners of the earth – to China, India, Africa, the Pacific Islands, South America, Russia, and elsewhere – and brought them to life in his cool, exacting prose. In ‘Deep South’ he turns his gaze to a region much closer to his home. Travelling through North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas he writes of the stunning landscapes he discovers – the deserts, the mountains, the Mississippi – and above all, the lives of the people he meets.

MH730MH370 – the secret files: at last…the truth behind the greatest aviation mystery of all time by Nigel Cawthorn

On the 8th of March, at 00:41, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. At 01:19, the pilot bid air traffic control ‘good night’. Two minutes later, the plane and its 227 passengers vanished from the skies. To date, no trace of the aircraft has been found. Experienced author and journalist Nigel Cawthorne has researched the case with incredible thoroughness, revealing the most compelling explanations behind the mystery which has gripped the world.

Dreams of a refugeeDreams of a Refugee by Mostafa Salemeh

Mostafa Salameh’s extraordinary journey began with his birth to Palestinian refugee parents in Kuwait in 1970. Through a chance meeting he came to Edinburgh where he studied hospitality and read widely in Sufi religious philosophy and world belief systems. Here he had a profoundly religious experience which was to change the direction of his entire life. One night Mostafa dreamt that he was standing atop Mount Everest reciting the call to prayer. With no prior experience or training, he decided he would follow his vision and climb. He failed to summit Everest twice before reaching the summit in 2008 – he went on to become the first Jordanian Palestinian ever to reach the North Pole and summit all seven highest peaks in the world. Yet exploring is only half the story.

Crafting with mason jarsCrafting with mason jars and other glass containers: over 35 simple and beautiful upcycling projects by Hester Van Overbeek

Follow Hester van Overbeek’s easy steps to make a fresh flower-decorated tea-light holder for a garden party, store all your grains and pasta in large jars with vibrantly painted lids or why not surprise a friend with the colourful ‘birthday in a jar’? There are lots of quick ideas that take no time at all, such as holiday memories in a jar, the table-setting jars or the floral centrepiece that will charm all your guests. Some are elegant, some are homespun, but all make use of natural materials such as wood, shells, flowers and leather – to give an original but sophisticated feel to your home and garden.

The Demons BroodThe Demon’s Brood by Desmond Seward

The Plantagenets reigned over England longer than any other family – from Henry II to Richard III. Four kings were murdered, two came close to deposition, and another was killed in a battle by rebels. Based on contemporary sources and recent research, Desmond Seward provides an overview of the whole extraordinary dynasty.

An affair with my motherAn affair with my mother: a story of adoption, secrecy and love by Caitriona Palmer

A moving and gripping story of love, denial, and a daughter’s quest for the truth. Caitríona Palmer had a happy childhood in Dublin, raised by loving adoptive parents. But when she was in her late twenties, she realised that she had a strong need to know the woman who had given birth to her. She was able to locate her birth mother, Sarah, and they developed a strong attachment. But Sarah set one painful condition to this joyous new relationship: she wished to keep it – to keep Caitríona – secret from her family, from her friends, from everyone.

LabradorLabrador: the story of the world’s favourite dog by Ben Fogle

A social history of labradors and how they have become the world’s most beloved dogs, by writer, presenter and long-time dog lover Ben Fogle, whose beloved black labrador, Inca, famously accompanied him on numerous journeys and adventures.

Kicking offKicking Off: how women is sport are changing the game by Sarah Shephard

There’s a battle being fought. It’s raging on the sports fields, in the newsrooms and behind the scenes at every major broadcaster. The warriors are women in sport and in this book their battles are broken down to discover if, and how they can ever be won. At a time when women in sport are fighting for equality with more vigour than ever, this is a book that looks behind the headlines to see whether progress is really being made and tells the stories that can no longer be ignored.

Thatcher stole my trousersThatcher stole my trousers by Alexei Sayle

In 1971 comedians on the working men’s club circuit imagined that they would be free to go on telling their tired, racist, misogynistic gags forever, but a 19-year-old Marxist art student with a bizarre concern for the health of British manufacturing was slowly coming to meet them. Through the next decade Alexei Sayle would be a student at Chelsea Art School, a clerk in a DHSS office, one of London’s bottom ten freelance illustrators, a school dinner lady and a college lecturer, before he became the original MC of the Comedy Store. ‘Thatcher Stole My Trousers’ is the story of Alexei’s rise to fame.

How to think like an entrepreneurHow to think like an entrepreneur by Philip Delves Broughton

Having the drive, ambition, and inspiration to start a new business takes a particular mindset – no wonder we regard successful entrepreneurs as modern-day magic-makers. But what if that spirit and drive were applied outside the world of business startups? An entrepreneur seeks to build something from nothing; to take an inspired idea and make it a reality. This book explores what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur – the ability to disrupt the status quo, use design thinking to generate fresh perspectives, build resilience and leap forward from failure – and ultimately lead us to the heart of great entrepreneurial thinking; an understanding of our deepest human needs.

Featured Library – Oakwood

Another in my random series about the libraries that we have all around the city. This time I am concentrating on Oakwood library as the Roundhay & Oakwood Festival starts soon and we are delighted that Oakwood Library is hosting a number of events for the festival, which runs from the 23rd October until the 1st November 2015.

Oakwood%20Library%20Exterior%201_jpgFirst off though, a bit about the library. Oakwood is one of our more unusual buildings as it is housed in a  converted end terrace house on Oakwood Lane. This makes it a little bit challenging with the book shelves, but on the bright side we have a fantastic big bay window to display books in as well as a lovely garden to hold summer events. Some of you may have been to our reading challenge event held outside in the summer holidays.  The library has a regular monthly readers group and a weekly storytime on Monday afternoons from 2.00 – 2.30pm.

For the festival the first ever Oakwood Library Street Food Festival will be on Saturday 24th October, along with a book signing with Lynn Hill, founder of Clandestine Cake Club; following the success of their first recipe collection the Clandestine Cake Club is back with a second delicious helping of 100 gorgeous recipes to whet your appetite in ‘A Year of Cake’.

skin like silverOn Monday 26th October local author Chris Nickson offers a special, exclusive preview of ‘Skin Like Silver’, the third in his Detective Inspector Tom Harper series set in the Leeds of the 1890s.

death in the dalesThen on Wednesday 28th October we will be joined by another local author Frances Brody, who will speak about ‘A Death in the Dales’ the seventh book in her Kate Shackleton Mysteries series, which is set in 1920s Yorkshire.

On the morning of Friday 30th October we will be joined by Stir Krazy Kids who will be showing us how to make delicious Wonka treats from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’!



And, if all that wasn’t enough already we will also be celebrating the 65th anniversary of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ on the afternoon of the 30th October with an afternoon of crafty fun – we will be making Narnia snow globes and more!

For further details about these events, and many more please go to the festival website.

Leeds Libraries – New Non-Fiction this week

Here is a selection of the new non-fiction titles that will be arriving this week.

Life below stairsLife below stairs: in the Victorian & Edwardian country house by Sian Evans

From the cook, butler and housekeeper to the footman, lady’s maid and nanny, this is a glimpse behind the scenes of some of Britain’s grandest houses.




Eat yourself beautifulEat yourself beautiful: true beauty, from the inside out by Rosanna Davison

Combining cutting-edge nutritional science, wholesome vegan recipes and practical advice for making the most of a hectic daily routine, ‘Eat Yourself Beautiful’ is a functional and accessible guide to promoting beauty through nutritional wellbeing and the adoption of a balanced lifestyle.

How to knitHow to knit: go from beginner to expert with 20 new projects by Mollie Makes

Knitting may seem complicated, but in fact there are just two stitches you need to learn. Once you have mastered knit and purl, you can knit pretty much anything. The beginner’s section starts with a run-through of the basic tools and equipment you’ll need, as well as a handy guide to choosing yarn. Once you’re ready to start, learn the best way to hold your needles, and tackle the different cast-on methods to work out which works best for you. Once you’ve cast on, you are ready to make those all-important first stitches and choose your first project.

deep southDeep South: four seasons on back roads by Paul Theroux

For the past 50 years, Paul Theroux has travelled to the far corners of the earth – to China, India, Africa, the Pacific Islands, South America, Russia, and elsewhere – and brought them to life in his cool, exacting prose. In ‘Deep South’ he turns his gaze to a region much closer to his home. Travelling through North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas he writes of the stunning landscapes he discovers – the deserts, the mountains, the Mississippi – and above all, the lives of the people he meets.

Queen ElizabethQueen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family

 ‘Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family’ is a visual guide to the Queen, from her childhood to today. Telling the story of the House of Windsor, including events such as the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and profiles on key people such as Princess Diana and Prince Harry, right up to the birth of William and Kate’s second child, this is the complete guide to the world’s most famous royal family.

Maggie SmithMaggie Smith: a biography by Michael Coveney

No one does glamour, severity, girlish charm or tight-lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith, one of Britain’s best-loved actors. This biography shines the stage-lights on the life and work of a truly remarkable performer, one whose career spans six decades.

Leeds Libraries – New Fiction this week

Start planning your summer reads. Lots of new fiction arrives in our branches every week. Here are a few of this weeks additions.

Go set a watchmanGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood

Glasgow Coma ScaleThe Glasgow Coma Scale by Neil Stewart

Lynne is a young woman who once dreamed of being an artist, but whose promotion to supervisor at an insurance call centre in Glasgow is sucking the soul out of her. When she hands a fiver to a homeless man on the street in town one day, she is shocked to recognise Angus – her former art teacher on whom she once had a crush. What on earth could have reduced him to life on the street? In a gesture of uncharacteristic rashness, she invites him home, and so begins ‘The Glasgow Coma Scale’

Nothing but trouble

Nothing But Trouble by Matt Cain 

Lola Grant is the hottest pop star in Britain and she’s about to go global. But behind the music, her addiction to bad boys is taking her personal life in a dangerous direction. When it comes to men, Lola just can’t stay away from trouble – and her self-control is pushed to the limit when she meets her handsome new drummer Jake Hunter. Looking out for Lola is her best friend and manager Harvey Sparks. But Harvey’s fighting his own demons and can only watch from the sidelines as the star he helped create begins to fall. When Lola seeks comfort in a life of wild partying, she meets good-hearted showbiz reporter Freddy Jones, a man who may just be able to offer her a way out. But as she starts rehearsals for her Trouble tour, Lola finds herself faced with a new threat, one much bigger than anything she’s ever experienced.

The Mixture as BeforeThe Mixture as Before by Rosie Harris

Newly widowed after a forty-year marriage, Margaret Wright is finding it hard to adjust to independence, having been stifled for so long by her overbearing, controlling husband. Is she up to the challenge?

The last embraceThe Last Embrace by Pam Jenoff

August 1940 and 16-year-old refugee Addie escapes Fascist Italy to live with her aunt and uncle in Atlantic City. As WW2 breaks, she finds acceptance and love with Charlie Connally and his family. But war changes everything: secrets and passions abound, and when one brother’s destructive choices lead to the tragic death of another, the Connally family is decimated, and Addie along with them. Now 18, she flees, first to Washington and then to war-torn London where she is swept up with life as a correspondent. But when Charlie, now a paratrooper, re-appears, Addie discovers that the past is impossible to outrun. Now she must make one last desperate attempt to find within herself the answers that will lead the way home.

Three moments of an explosionThree Moments of an Explosion: Stories by China Mieville

In these stories, glistening icebergs float above urban horizons; a burning stag runs wild through the city; the ruins of industry emerge unsteadily from the sea; and the abandoned generations in a decayed space-elevator look not up at the stars but down at the Earth. Ranging from portraits of childhood to chilling ghost stories, from dystopian visions to poignant evocations of uncanny love, with beautiful prose and melancholy wit, this collection poses searching questions of what it is to be human in an unquiet world.

Foxglove SummerFoxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods.

The Baklava ClubThe Baklava Club by Jason Goodwin     

In 19th-century Istanbul, a Polish prince has been kidnapped. His assassination has been bungled and his captors have taken him to an unused farmhouse. Little do they realise that their revolutionary cell has been penetrated by their enemies, who use the code name La Piuma (the Feather). Yashim is convinced that the prince is alive. But he has no idea where, or who La Piuma is – and has become dangerously distracted by falling in love. As he draws closer to the prince’s whereabouts and to the true identity of La Piuma, Yashim finds himself in the most treacherous situation of his career: can he rescue the prince along with his romantic dreams?

Follow the links on the book titles to find the books in our catalogue.

Books to look out for early 2015

Mightier than the swordA spool of blue threadIt’s nice to have some really big titles to look forward to, here’s a selection of some coming out in the New Year.

Anne Tyler’s (lots of her books have been rated 5* by our readers) 20th novel is coming out in February. Entitled  A Spool of Blue Thread  it’s a story of family life depicting love and the conflicts within it.

Love him or loathe him, Jeffrey Archer’s fifth Clifton Chronicles novel – ‘Mightier than the Sword’, will also be out then. Both these two novels are already on order

Non-fiction for February includes Shop Girl by Mary Portas, a memoir from the “Queen of the High Street”.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel for a decade: The Buried Giant comes out in March, is hotly anticipated and a treat for his fans

Also in March, A Place Called Winter – the first historical novel from the prolific Patrick Gale.


Non-fiction includes Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig a personal and powerful look at depression, and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed in which Jon Ronson looks at public shaming in his usual interesting way.

RooftoppersFor younger readers, in January, Darkmouth by Shane Hegarty is launched with some fanfare “A monster-hunting adventure for 8-12s laced with warm-hearted irony, Darkmouth marks the arrival of a major new voice in children’s books.”

Jandy Nelson – author of The Sky is Everywhere—has a coming-of-age novel coming out I’ll Give You the Sun.

In June The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell (highly rated by Leeds readers) is due out. A tale of survival, adventure, snow and wolves, Katherine Rundell won both a Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2014 for Rooftoppers




#TheFictionHotlist – can you fit some new fiction into your busy schedule?

Agnès Sorel: mistress of beautyThe Fiction Hotlist – How about a book by Princess Michael of Kent- Agnès Sorel: mistress of beauty. The Queen of Four Kingdoms is dead. Agnès Sorel, her beautiful and innocent 14-year-old pupil, soon catches the attention of the mourning court. She captivates all  she meets, but none more so than the newly crowned King of France, Charles VII. Employed as a demoiselle to his wife, Agnès discovers a burgeoning passion for the King that she can no longer refuse or deny. As their relationship deepens and Agnès’s influence over the King grows, she is viewed with suspicion by the court.

Or The doll, a New York Times bestselling thriller by Taylor Stevens

The snow angelInformation specialist Vanessa ‘Michael’ Munroe has a global reputation for getting things done, but her reputation has brought her dangerous enemies. Kidnapped by an unseen opponent and thrust into an underground world where women and girls are merchandise, and a shadowy figure known as The Doll Maker controls her every move,  Munroe must use her unique set of skills to deliver a high-profile young woman into the same nightmare that she’s endured. Or condemn to torture/ certain death the person she loves.

Fancy some scifi? Symbiont  by Mira Grant – The SymboGen-designed parasites were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness but the implants in the majority of the world’s population began attacking their hosts, turning them into a ravenous horde. Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the parasites are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is and how they can be stopped.

The snow angel by Lulu Taylor –A tale of 1960s London society and debutantes …




Children and young people can choose from even more eBooks

Cover of Dinosaur BonesChildren and young people will find that the choice of eBooks and eAudioBooks has increased this month. We’ve added lots of titles to the collection and it’s well worth a look. Of course, there are loads of new adult titles as well.
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