If you want to get craft-y for Christmas, these books can help

You’ve still got time to make some Christmas cards, knit a dog or make some crafty presents. Here’s some suggestions, including three brand new books (first three) to help you get creative. Or take it further and start a business!

Jessica Sharpe – How to make jewellery charms from polymer clay

Ruth Maddock – Hooked on crochet 

Embroidery 20 projects for friends to make

Sophie Simpson – Stitch the halls!: 12 decorations to make for Christmas

Ed Sheeran: a visual journey

Ed Sheeran: a visual journeyEd Sheeran: a visual journey Fans will enjoy this unpretentious autobigraphy.  With words by Ed  and illustrations by his childhood friend, artist Phillip Butah (who produces artwork for Sheeran’s albums and singles), and accompanying photos, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is an exclusive, fully authorised, first-person account of how he became an internationally renowned singer-songwriter.

In the book, he explores his early musical experiences and influences as well as his time recording and touring, right up to the release of his second album, ‘x‘. The book reveals what drives and inspires him to evolve as an artist, while coping with stratospheric success, and is an honest account of what it takes to make it in the music business.

With Phillip Butah’s distinctive portraits throughout, it includes Ed’s recollections of working tirelessly on the London gig circuit and self-releasing EPs, working hard on finding his sound, signing to Asylum Records and recording his huge hit album, ‘+‘, performing at the Grammys, touring with Taylor Swift and sell-out headline gigs at Madison Square Garden. It takes us up to ‘today’, including recording his new album.

Best new art books

Enjoy browsing  some of the Art and Design Books added to stock in 2014

Hockney: the biography. Volume 2, 1975-2012 by Christopher Sykes. Picking up Hockney’s story in 1975, this volume finds him flitting between Notting Hill and California, where he took inspiration for the swimming pool series of paintings; creating the acclaimed set designs for operas around the world; and embracing emerging technologies – the camera and fax machine in the 1970s and 80s, and most recently the iPad

In Montmarte: Picasso, Matisse and modernism in Paris 1900-1910In Montmarte: Picasso, Matisse and modernism in Paris 1900-1910 by Sue Roe Bringing to life the fascinating true story of the birth of modernist art at the dawn of the 20th century, ‘In Montmarte’ describes the bohemian worlds of significant artists such as Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Derain, Vlaminick and Modigliani

How to read paintings: a crash course in meaning and method by Liz Rideal is a visual guide to Western European painting. Through a gallery of artworks accompanied by informative captions, it enables readers to swiftly develop their understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of painting; and to discover how to look at diverse paintings in detail.

Leeds Museums and Galleries by John Roles – Leeds Museums and Galleries is the largest local-authority-runLeeds Museums and Galleries Museum service in England and Wales, with nine sites ranging from magnificent stately homes, industrial sites, museums, an art gallery and a medieval abbey. Core to the service are the collections, an estimated 1.3 million individual objects across a vast range of disciplines which have an international reputation for their quality, depth and unique nature. Through these collections we tell stories of world civilisations, human evolution, the rise of the industrialised world, human creativity and the environment in which we live

On order — Francis Bacon by Kitty Hauser Francis Bacon was one of the giants dominating the artistic landscape of the mid-twentieth century, and served as the inspiration and launching point for much of the figural and abstract art that came after him. This highly illustrated book features not only 20 of the artists major works, but in stunning original colour illustrations portrays the events of his life and the circle of friends and associates with whom he formed a louche, brazen gang that cut open the belly of the old propriety.

Sci fi and fantasy to savour

The long warAll arriving in libraries now!

Cormick,  Craig – The shadow master  In a land riven with plague, in the infamous Walled City, two families vie for control – the Medicis with their genius inventor Leonardo; the Lorraines with Galileo, the most brilliant alchemist of his generation. And when two star-crossed lovers, one from either house, threaten the status quo, a third, shadowy power – one that forever seems a step ahead of all of the familial warring – plots and schemes, and bides its time, ready for the moment to attack. Assassinations, ancient, impossible machines; torture and infamy – just another typical day in paradise.

Gibson, Gary – Marauder Pilot Megan Jacinth has three goals, and they all seem unattainable. She must find her friend Bash, who she’d left for dead to save her own life. Then she needs his unique skill-set to locate an ancient space-faring entity. Lastly she must use this wanderer’s knowledge to save human-occupied worlds from an alien incursion. The odds seem impossible, but the threat is terrifyingly real. Megan finds him, but the person she’d known and loved is a husk of his former self.  

Molles, D J  – Aftermath  -In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Some day soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission: rescue and rebuild.  

Newton, Mark – Drakenfeld  – Receiving news of his father’s death, Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld is recalled home to the ancient city of Tryum and has become rapidly embroiled in a mystifying case. The King’s sister has been found brutally murdered, her beaten and bloody body discovered in a locked temple. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld has his work cut out for him trying to separate superstition from certainty  

Pratchett, Terry The Long Mars 2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth

Strahan, Jonathan Reach for infinity   Sci fi anthology

Treat yourself to one of these historical novels this week

The summer queenWe like the sound of these new historical novels coming this week!

Cartwright – Lion heart   – Richie Cathar was named after his father’s hero, Richard the Lionheart. His father, Alaric, believed that Richard and Robin Hood had met and found a document which was to prove this. Richie travels to Jerusalem where he falls in love with an journalist who is kidnapped in Cairo. In the course of writing about the Crusades, Richie discovers that the True Cross, lost to Saladin in 1187, was recovered by a small band of Richard’s knights. He embarks on a quest of his own to find the True Cross – and to discover whether or not everything in his father’s mind was a fantasy

Chadwick, Elizabeth – The summer queen   5 * Based on up-to-date research, Eleanor of Aquitaine’s magnificent story is brought to life, as never before, unveiling the real Eleanor    

Bodden, M S  – The wedding gift -When wealthy plantation owner Cornelius Allen marries off his daughter Clarissa, he presents her with a wedding gift: a young slave woman called Sarah. The two girls have grown up together but their lives could not have been more different. When Clarissa’s husband rejects her newborn son as illegitimate and sends the women back to the Allens, their return sets in motion a series of events that has far-reaching consequences for both

Court, Dilly – The beggar maid  Sunday Times bestselling author,  from age 8  to 16, Charity Crosse lives rough with her grandfather, begging on the streets.  When he dies, Charity is helped by a kindly doctor who introduces her to bookseller, Jethro Dawkins, to help in his bookshop and keep house. Charity sleeps under the counter and is not well treated, but Jethro instills in her the love of books that began when her grandmother taught her to read & starts to hope for a better future for herself    

Gilbert, Elizabeth – The signature of all things   – 1800. Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father is a bold, charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly beginnings.  An independent girl with a thirst for knowledge, it is not long before Alma comes into her own within the world of botany. As her careful studies of moss take her into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction   

Heneage, James – The walls of Byzantium  15th-century Europe: in the midst of growing unrest, rivals battle for a hidden treasure, each desperate to secure its power for their own nations. But no-one can discover its whereabouts; nor even knows if it is still in the possession of The Last Roman: Vengeance - The Last Roman 1those born to guard it. Four remarkable characters from four leading families provide the story as their crossed allegiances, plots and passions are played out on this epic scale. Yet the private lives are there too, and in castle and church, in siege and on battlefield, the love, fear, violence and reluctant loyalty to creed or destiny propel the characters to their fates   

Hume, M K – The last dragon   King Artor lies slain and Ector, a mere boy, is acknowledged as the legitimate heir to the kingdom. But the land of the Celts is weakened and Ector grows up torn between a sense of doom and duty. Meanwhile, in the Forest of Arden, it is revealed to young Arthur that he is the Bastard Prince, son of King Artor and Lady Elayne. Trained in the skills of a warrior, Arthur cannot challenge the position of his ruler and childhood friend, but nor can he stand back and watch Briton crumble under the threat of invasion. As the Last Dragon, he must ensure that his father’s legacy lives on.

 Kazan, P – Appetite    Nino Latini knows that if you want to survive, then you must have aAppetite passion. But Nino’s gift will be his curse. He can taste things that other people cannot. Every flavour comes alive for him as vividly as a painting and he puts his artistry to increasingly extravagent use. In an age of gluttony, his talent leads him into danger

Ludlow, Jack – Vengeance   The Last Roman trilogy   

Manfredi, V  – Odysseus:The Oath – This is the extraordinary story of a legendary hero.      

Michael,Livi – Succession   The story of Margaret Beaufort mother of Henry Tudor

Weir, Alison – The marriage game   Bestselling historian Alison Weir brings all her knowledge of Elizabeth I to vivid life in a novel of intrigue, sex, plots, mysteries and tragedies, amid all the colour and pageantry of the Tudor court.Wilson – Mouse and the cossacks 

Young, Robyn – Kingdom Concludes the Insurrection Trilogy – On the 700th anniversary of a pivotal event in Scottish history comes the conclusion of Robyn Young’s epic trilogy about Robert the Bruce, one of history’s greatest rebels.

 

Recommended new non-fiction

 The housekeeper's tale: the women who really ran the English country house623 new adult non fiction titles in the last couple of weeks! Here’s a few we like.

All the new 2014  non fiction can be searched in the catalogue.

First up, if you’re missing Downton Abbey is The housekeeper’s tale: the women who really ran the English country house by Tessa Boase. It’s an historical account of the most important person in the country house – the housekeeper and tells the story of the real lives of the housekeepers, showing the individual tragedies, overturning myths.

Étape: the untold stories of the Tour de France's defining stagesWith the Grand Depart hitting Leeds very soon now,  critically acclaimed author Richard Moore’sÉtape: the untold stories of the Tour de France’s defining stages  takes readers on a virtual Tour de France, with each chapter focusing on a single rider in a single stage that came to define the Tour’s history.

British Team Sky will be taling part in the Tour again and top sportswriter David Walsh, who spent years trying to expose Lance Armstrong’s drug taking, has written- Inside Team Sky 

After the victory of Bradley WigginsInside Team Sky and Team Sky in the 2012 Tour de France, the pressure was on the team to repeat their success in  2013. 

Wiggins pulled out of the defence of his yellow jersey & attention moved to Chris Froome, who had finished as runner-up in 2012. Could he secure back-to-back victories for Team Sky/UK? With team principal Sir Dave Brailsford at the helm, expectations were high.  A definitive account of a dramatic race that gripped cycling fans.

Inverting the pyramid: a history of football tacticsFinally a bit late for England and the World Cup but maybe needed is  Jonathan Wilson’s  Inverting the pyramid: a history of football tactics  Jonathan Wilson charts how the concept of football tactics spread around the globe. Gradually a marauding five up front became inverted, to the point where one up front, or even no recognized out and out striker, is today far from unusual. Won an award for best sports book.

A couple of war books Dark invasion: 1915: Germany’s secret war and the hunt for the first terrorist cellA very private diary: a nurse in wartime in America by Howard Blum Set in New York in 1915, as WW1 rages in Europe – ‘Dark Invasion’ chronicles the little-known story of a tense cat-and-mouse battle between two complex antagonists: New York police captain Tom Tunney, who leads a select team of novice spy chasers; and Franz von Rintelen, an aristocratic German who comes to NY to set up a spy network and wage a secret war of terror that will disrupt American trade and affect the course of the war.

Mary Morris’s  A very private diary – is about 18-year-old Mary Mulry, a young Irish nurse, newly arrived in London in 1940.  ‘The real war started for me today’ begins a diary chronicling the next seven years as she witnesses many pivotal events first hand. In London during the Blitz she sees a young woman die after a botched abortion, narrowly escapes from the bombing of the Alexandra Hotel, and nurses critically ill children during bombing raids. In Normandy in 1944, after D-Day, she nurses Allied soldiers and German prisoners of war. In war-torn Belgium, harrowing stories of casualties from the Battle of Arnhem. A young woman coming of age, falling in and out of love several times over.

Judy: a dog in a million Damien Lewis (not of Homeland fame!) Judy: a dog in a million is about a beautiful English pointer, who was cherished and adored by the British, Australian, American and other Allied servicemen who fought alongside her. Half beaten to death by Japanese soldiers, almost drowned in the treacherous waters of the Yangtze River whilst serving as ship’s dog on British Gunboat the Gnat, bombed by Japanese warplanes in HMS Grasshopper, shipwrecked on a desert island, torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the SS Van Waerwijck and hit by Japanese fire when taken as a prisoner of war in the deep jungle, she was also a survivor

On a more lighthearted note,  ‘Curious’   by Rebecca Front  is a collection of delightfully witty stories by actressCurious: true stories and loose connections, comedy writer and columnist . Rebecca has always used anecdotes from her own life to inform not only the characters she plays in such series as ‘The Thick of It’ and ‘Nighty Night’, but also her frequent observational comment pieces for the ‘Guardian’, ‘Independent’ and other magazines. In ‘Curious’, she takes those characters further, exploring and delighting in the absurdities of life, the oddities of human nature.

The wrong knickers: a decade of chaosBriony  Gordon’s The wrong knickers -looks at being in your twenties. For years, women have been told that those are their golden years, filled with fun, parties, sex, glamour. TV shows and movies tell the same story: this is your perfect decade – don’t waste it! You’ll never be so happy – or thin – again. Here, in her hilariously honest memoir, the author gives a fresh perspective. Like Carrie Bradshaw, she may have had a column in a national newspaper, but her twenties weren’t one long episode of ‘Sex and the City’, instead they were a decade of hangovers, heartbreak, and hideously awkward mornings-after, all over her overdraft limit.

Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh’s A Whole Lot of History -tells the story from 2002 of Popstars The Rivals band Girls Aloud. Ten years later, after six platinum albums, 20 top-ten singles, a Brit Award, an entry in the Guinness Book of Records and a triumphant sell-out reunion tour, the girls have decided to go their separate ways.

Any luvvies out there?  Michael Simkins  The rules of acting is a manual for showbiz survival from am-dram to Hollywood and all that lies between! The author tells all about life under the spotlights. Providing practical encouragement to the budding thesp, laced with hilarious and often scurrilous cautionary tales, he pulls back the curtain on the world of acting on stage and screen The white spider: the story of the north face of the Eiger

 If you like stories like Touching the Void and Into thin Air about mountain tragedies and triumphs,  Heinrich HarrerThe white spider: the story of the north face of the Eiger  might be for you. ‘The White Spider’ tells the story of the harrowing first ascent of the Eiger’s North Wall, one of the most legendary and terrifying climbs in recorded history

Eat that frog!: 21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less timeThere’s always a great selection of improving yourself books to choose from –  Brian TracyEat that frog!: 21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time   is a classic – Time is the currency of the 21st century – everyone is busier than they’ve ever been. Practical, proven, effective techniques to focus important tasks, and get more things done faster than ever.

Or for the body Morey, Gavin – Twelve weeks fitness & nutrition programme for women: real results, no gimmicks, no airbrushing – Based on a real-life challenge, this book demonstrates how you can achieve your dream body in just 12 weeks! It shows exactly how you can change your body and lifestyle for the better, illustrated by non-airbrushed photos showing progression of a real woman over the 12 week period. And there’s one for men too 

Use your new found fitness.  Naked and marooned: one man, one island, one epic survival story by Ed Stafford asks what  if you were abandoned on a tropical island with no food or water, no basic equipment, not even a knife, and no clothes – could you survive? Extreme adventurer Ed Stafford pushes himself to the limit ito try. For 60 days, with only his explorer’s instinct and a video camera to record his experiences, he faces the ultimate feat of physical and mental endurance confronting blazing heat & brutal loneliness; eats snails to escape starvation, battles illness, dehydration & fatigue.

Make your own soft toys: cut, stitch, and sew 25 super-cute friendsOn a gentler note, Rob Merrett’s – Make your own soft toys – has 25 easy  projects. The complete A to Z dictionary of dreams: be your own dream expert

Nick Coffer’s The after school cookbook  has quick, easy, and affordable recipes for your hungry kids from the man behind the video blog MyDaddyCooks.com.   

 Ian WallaceThe complete A to Z dictionary of dreams Ever wondered what your dreams mean? This explains!

 

 

The Bumper fiction list with our top picks

Marriage materialThe five star picks from us and Leeds Libraries readers

Banks, Maya – Echoes at dawn  romantic suspense with telepathic heroine. 

Carter, Chris–  One by one  Robert Hunter investigates a serial killer. Set in California.

Daly, Pauline – Keep your friends close    What do you do when your best friend steals your life? Suspense. 

Jones, Belinda –  The travelling tea shop    Romance and cupcakes .

Horst, Jorn Lier The hunting dogs  Always like a new Scandi crime story, this one’s a Norwegian tale of murder and wrong conviction 

Mawer, Simon – The glass room.  High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House has been built for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. When the storm clouds of WW2 gather, the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor’s lover and her child.The house’s story is far from over, as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian

O’Connor, Joseph – The thrill of it all Spanning 25 years from the 80s -Rock’n’roll story of band members  

Roth, Gabriel – The unknowns   Fast and funny love story   

Sanghera, Sathnam – Marriage material   Story of race and caste in the Midlands Arjan, the present-day narrator who opens the book with a razor-sharp disquisition on the trials of being an Asian newsagent. The visitorsRecommended

Swan, Karen – The summer without you Nice summery read  Rowena Tipton isn’t looking for a new life, just a new adventure, something to while away the months as her long-term boyfriend presses pause ..

Wyld, Evie – All the birds singing  ‘Fearlessly written tale of damage, dread and sheepshearing’  Telegraph. Very highly recommended

 

Thrillers

Bell, Ted  Warriors  Espionage thriller set in NY

Brown, Sandra Deadline  Battle fatigued journalist returning from Afghanistan tracks big story. Suspense/thriller

Forsyth, Frederick– The kill list  International best selling  author only gets 2* from Leeds readers for this

Higgins, Jack – The death trade World’s most dangerous man has escaped

Lange, Richard – Angel baby     Face paced thriller. 

Mann, Don – Hunt the Jackal Thriller about identity altered drugs baron hunted by SEAL team

Millar, Louise – The hidden girl  How do you look for someone who’s not even missing? Thriller   

Patterson, JamesFour blind mice    Alex Cross investigates  

Patterson, James Private LA      Thriller by the prolific author

Quirk, Matthew – The directive   Ex con caught between police and underworld goes undercover   

Rhodes, Kate A killing of angels    Pschologist Alice Quentin investigates in this thriller  

Robertson, CraigThe last refuge Suspense story set in the Faroe Islands      

Robertson, Imogen Theft of life  Suspense set in London 1785 

Smythe, J P – No harm can come to a good man How far would you go to save your family from an invisible threat? A terrifyingly original thriller from the author of The Machine

Turow, Scott Identical   Thriller from No1 bestselling author Identical

 

 Crime and detective

Allingham,  MargeryAlbert Campion returns  in Mr Campion’s farewell  Private investigator Albert C in idyllic country village 

Block, Lawrence– The burglar who counted the spoons Bernie Rhodenbarr mystery, burglar turned detective 

Camilleri, Andrea – The treasure hunt Inspector Montalbano mystery set in Sicily     

Cornell, Paul – The severed streets Supernatural crime busting     

 Done, Stephen -The Marylebone murders Railway Detective Inspector Charles Vignoles mystery set 1936 -1952  

Runcie, James – Sidney Chambers and the perils of the night   and Sidney Chambers and the problem of evil   Granchester Detective mystery

Silva, Daniel – A death in Vienna NY Times bestseller       

Spillane, Mickey – Complex Classic crime   

Saylor, Steven – Raiders of the Nile Something a bit different.Ancient Egyptian crime and detective story

Tremayne, Peter – The monk who vanished   Sister Fidelma detective story

 

Historical

Dineley, E A  Castle Orchard  Jonny Arthur, perpetual debtor & fashionable London dandy loses his family estate of Castle Orchard in a chess game to the mysterious Captain Allington  

Cornwell, Bernard – The pagan lord  Viking epic by the author of ‘Sharpe’   

Fremantle, Elizabeth – Sisters of treason Set in Tudor times about Lady Jane Grey’s sisters.   

Letemendia, Claire –  The licence of war Missing TV’s ‘New Worlds’? Try this set in 1643, story of torn loyalties in English Civil War

Sidebottom, Harry Iron and rust Roman historyset AD235, in series Throne of Caesars.   

 

 Saga

Bennett, Anne– A girl can dream Domestic fiction drama set in WW2    

Conlon-Mckenna, Marita – The Magdalen Young Irish girl growing up in Connemara in the 50s

Hannigan, Emma – The summer guest  Will suit fans of Maeve Binchy. Irish family saga of three generations of women coming together one magical summer

 Jefferies, Dinah – The separation  Set in the 50s in Malaya, story of journey through war torn jungle

 Young, Louisa – The heroes’ welcome Set 1910-36 Evocative sequel to bestselling Richard & Judy pick My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You.

 Scifi and fantasy

Britain, Kristen Mirror sight   Bestselling Scifi/fantasy

Canavan, TrudiThief’s magic   No 1 bestseller fantasy   

Carey, Mike – The city of silk and steel    Fantasy with concubines  

Cargill, C Robert – Queen of the dark things Two boys, spirited away to a dark world of myth & folklore now make their way as men.

Dalglish, DavidA dance of shadows   Fantasy tale of retribution & darkness, 4th in Shadowdance series

Farland, David – The lair of bones Fantasy in Runelords series     

Kowal, Mary – Valour and vanity Jane Austen meets Ocean’s 11 in this fantasy tale     

Wilkinson, Kerry– Reckoning  Fantasy set in futuristic England.

 

 Thirteen weddingsLove and chicklit

 Barker, Margaret The fatherhood miracle   Mills & Boon love story

Barton, Beverly– Dead by nightfall  Romance/suspense   

Bolger, Muriel – The pink pepper tree  Two lovers forced apart by fate who are offered a second chance

 Byrne, Monica – The girl in the road Arabian sea fiction adventure.      

Carroll, Claudia – Love me or leave me Chick lit

Cohen, Tamar– Someone else’s wedding  A wedding stirs up the past

Fiorato, Marina Beatrice and Benedick  Prequel to love story in ‘Much Ado about Nothing’  

Jones, Darynda – Sixth grave on the edge Sixth Charley Davidson paranormal romance  

Taylor, Elizabeth – In a summer season   Love story published by Virago  

Toon, Paige – Thirteen weddings Chicklit   

Wilson, Teri – Unleashing Mr Darcy Love story set in NY  

West, Juliet – Before the fall The Great war, a powerful love, an impossible choice 

 

 General/psychologicalThe visitors

Alexander, Nick The halflife of Hannah Set in France, ghost from past/reviewing life story   

Glencross, Tim – Barbarians   Contemporary debut novel about love, art and politics. If you liked Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty, Jonathan Coe’s What a Carve Up! or Armando Iannucci’s The Thick of It, you will enjoy it.

Gurganus, Allan– Local souls Award winning author’s stories about characters lives in small town America

Laferriere, Dany – The enigma of the return   Story of Haitian writer who travels back to his homeland after many years to be confronted with the realisty of starvation, poverty and broken dreams.

McBride, Eimear A girl is a half formed thing  Girl’s relationship with her brother after he becomes brain damaged.

McGrath, Patrick Constance Psychological fiction, story of disintegrating marriage, sibling rivalry which includes madness and yearning.     

 O’Connor, Frank – Classic Irish short stories      

O’Keeffe, Patrick The visitors Irish-American immigrant James, whose contented but feckless life in Middle America is thrown into turmoil when an unexpected visitor arrives

Rahman, Zia Haider– In the light of what we know   Two friends making their way in the world on a dizzying voyage that touches on many of the key issues of our time

Roth, Philip – The ghost writer   The first volume of a trilogy, introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s; a budding writer infatuated with the Great Books.

Thompson, Grace – The end of a journey A father’s death brings to light shattering secrets      

VanderMeer, Jeff – Shriek   An epic yet personal look at several decades of life, love & death in the imaginary city of Ambergris

 Weaver, Eva – The puppet boy of Warsaw – Set in Warsaw WW2, the story of  Mika, a Jewish boy who inherits a coat from his grandfather and discovers a puppet in one of its many secret pockets.

Humour

Connolly, Joseph – It can’t go on    ‘Adultery humour’

Delillo, Don – White noise     Humour in academia!

Winton, Tom– Eyrie Funny Australian novel by prize winning author about Tom Keely- defeated & ineffectual pill-popping, lonely one-time idealist who has fallen out of his own life.