24 May 2019

A sweeping story of survival and redeeming love..

Frieda is a primatologist, sensitively attuned to her research. When a terrible attack shatters her world, she becomes familiar with violence and competition. It is in her new role as a zookeeper that these brutal attributes will be sharpened. And here that she confronts her new ward: an untamed Siberian tiger.

The forest that the cub came from is home to humans on the very edge of wilderness. Tomas, a Russian conservationist, fears that the natural order has toppled. The King tiger has been killed by poachers, and a spectacular tigress now patrols his vast territory as her own. In the perilous, freezing winter, when all living things compete ruthlessly for survival, her path crosses with a mother and daughter who take an unthinkable risk. Vengeance must follow; and in the terrible clash between human and tiger, the cub will be captured.

When Frieda learns of her cub's past, it brings with it the chance for freedom. Faced with the forces of nature and savage femininity, Frieda must trust to her instinct and, like the tiger, find a way to live in the world.

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=188654A sweeping story of survival and redeeming love, Tiger plunges the reader into one of the world's last surviving wildernesses with blistering authenticity.

22 May 2019

A German princess with a guilty secret...

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The King is in love with Anna's portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride.

She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance.

But Anna's past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall.

Everyone knows the King won't stand for a problem queen.

This is book four in the Six Queen series.








Books in the series:

1. Katherine of Aragon, the true queen
2. Anne Boleyn : a king's obsession
3. Jane Seymour : the haunted queen

21 May 2019

Gritty, stylish Scandinavian noir..

Stockholm, 1936. Harry Kvist, a bisexual ex-boxer now plying his trade as a debt collector, is bitter, angry and more alone than he has ever been.

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=188853When his friend, Father Gabrielsson, is found brutally murdered by the altar of Katarina Church, it doesn't look as if the police are interested in finding the culprit. So Kvist decides to do it himself. As he investigates he uncovers a trail leading all the way to Nazi Germany where fascists are plotting a takeover in Sweden.

But does Kvist have the strength to go to the final round with them on his own?

20 May 2019

"Kill the black one first"

 
Suddenly, a single cry rose from inside the crowd.

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There was a roar.
Gutteral,
like laughter,
like fury,
the fury of the mob

16 May 2019

Fancy some romantic escapes?

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Publicist Kate Sinclair's life in London is everything she thought she wanted: success, glamour and a charming boyfriend. 

Until that boyfriend goes behind her back and snatches a much sought-after promotion from her. Heartbroken and questioning everything, Kate needs to escape. From candles and cosy nights in to romantic late-night walks through the beautiful cobbled streets of Copenhagen, Kate discovers how to live life 'the Danish way'. 

Can the secrets of hygge and happiness lead her to her own happily-ever-after?






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When Sophie Bennings arrives in New York, love is the last thing on her mind. Still reeling from a painful break up, she throws herself into her work as a food editor on a top-notch magazine. 


Columnist Todd McLennan is everything that Sophie wishes she didn't want. Like the gorgeous bakery below her Brooklyn apartment, he's as tempting as the sugary cupcakes on daily display. Surely a little of something you fancy can do you good? As Sophie and Todd get to know one another, a love of food isn't the only passion they share. 

In the city that never sleeps, has Sophie finally met the man of her dreams...?




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In a cosy corner of Paris, a delicious little patisserie is just waiting to be discovered. And romance might just be on the menu... 

As the youngest of four, Nina Hadley has always had her big brothers telling her what to do. So, when she's given the chance to move to Paris and help run a patisserie course, she can't say au revoir quick enough! There's just one problem: high-flying chef Sebastian Finlay is the owner of the patisserie. He's also her brother Nick's best friend - and the man she has secretly been in love with since forever. 

Amongst the mouthwatering delicious eclairs and delicate macaroons, Nina's culinary creations aren't the only tempting thing she's working with...



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Escape to the cosiest little lodge in Iceland for love, log fires and the Northern Lights... With a shattered heart and her career completely in tatters, Lucy needs to get away from her life in the UK.

But, when she takes a job as hotel manager of the Northern Lights Lodge, she doesn't quite expect to find herself in a land of bubbling hot springs and snowflake-dusted glaciers - and in the company of gorgeous Scottish barman, Alex. Determined to turn her life around, Lucy sets about making the lodge the number one romantic destination in Iceland - even though romance is the last thing she wants.

However, as Alex and Lucy grow closer under the dancing lights of the aurora, Lucy might just learn how to fall in love again.

15 May 2019

Private paradises shared....

What do the famous actor, the bestselling novelist, the international musician and the model have in common? Like millions of us, they love their gardens - and with good reason, too.

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Gardening is an art form through which everyone from lords to labourers can express themselves. In the words of that grande dame of gardeners Penelope Hobhouse, `Gardening makes people happy.' And, as gardening editor of the Sunday Times, Caroline Donald has been allowed beyond the gate of many a private paradise both in Britain and abroad to share this passion.

Included in The Generous Gardener are the stories, in words and pictures, of more than forty private gardens, including those belonging to Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton, Jilly Cooper, William Christie, Harrison Birtwhistle, Kelly Brook, Natasha Spender, Catherine FitzGerald and Dominic West, Julian and Isabel Bannerman, Penelope Hobhouse, Bob Flowerdew, Roy Lancaster, Luciano Giubbilei, and Dan Pearson.

14 May 2019

This book club only reads wine labels

Since moving to the seaside for her husband's job (in Liverpool), Emma Chance's life is all about long walks on the beach (with the dog), early nights (with the kids), and Netflix (no chill).
She's bored. And lonely.

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=188644When a school gate mum and almost-friend tells Emma about an exclusive book club - hosted by Head of the PTA (and wife of a footballer, but NOT a Footballer's Wife) Jools Jackson - she thinks it could be the perfect solution, but she doesn't like Jools and Jools doesn't seem to like her either. So she's surprised when Jools invites her along. And it's fine.

It's not quite what Emma was looking for - she doesn't have much in common with the other mums and the book club meetings have too much focus on the books and not enough on, say, wine and gossip - but it's better than nothing. After a couple of awkward months, an accident with a glass of red wine on a white carpet, and Jools's daughter learning the word "fucknugget", Jools tells Emma she's no longer welcome in her club. Emma is at first self-righteous, then embarrassed - and curious about why Jools's husband was crying in his car - but eventually settles back into boredom and loneliness again.

But Emma's blacklisting by Jools seems to endear her to the other school mums. They all have a Jools story, along with their own tales of shame and humiliation. Long (sometimes whispered) chats at the school gates, become even longer, laughter-filled, conversations in the small library at the bottom of School Lane, until Emma realises she can start her own book club - no cleaners, polite conversation or, realistically, reading required

13 May 2019

It was never just a man's war

Melbourne,1942. War has engulfed Europe and now the Pacific, and Australia is fighting for its future.

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For spinster Flora Atkins, however, nothing much has changed. Tending her dull office job and beloved brother and father, as well as knitting socks for the troops, leaves her relatively content. Then one day a stranger gives her brother a white feather and Flora's anger propels her out of her safe life and into the vineyards of the idyllic Mildura countryside, a member of the Australian Women's Land Army.

There she meets Betty, a 17-year-old former shopgirl keen to do her bit for the war effort and support her beloved, and the unlikely Lilian, a well-to-do Adelaide girl fleeing her overbearing family and the world's expectations for her. As the Land Girls embrace their new world of close-knit community and backbreaking work, they begin to find pride in their roles. More than that, they start to find a kind of liberation. For Flora, new friendships and the singular joy derived from working the land offer new meaning to her life, and even the possibility of love.

But as the clouds of war darken the horizon, and their fears for loved ones; brothers, husbands, lovers, fighting at the front grow, the Land Girls' hold on their world and their new-found freedoms is fragile. Even if they make it through unscathed, they will not come through unchanged.

07 May 2019

22 November 1963


On 22nd November 1963, John F. Kennedy's presidential motorcade rode through Dealey Plaza. He and his wife Jackie greeted the crowds on a glorious Friday afternoon in Dallas, Texas.

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=187532Mitch Newman is a photojournalist based out of Washington, D.C. His phone never rings. When it does, a voice he hasn't heard in years will tell him his former fiancee Jean has taken her own life. Jean was an investigative reporter working the case of a lifetime. Somewhere in the shreds of her investigation is the truth behind her murder.

For Mitch, piecing together the clues will become a dangerous obsession: one that will lead him to the dark heart of his country, and into the crossfire of a conspiracy.

06 May 2019

Reconstruction, white supremacy and the rise of Jim Crow


A compelling, visually dramatic rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War, from the hopes of Reconstruction to the violent counter-revolution that overthrew it to the long shadow cast by Jim Crow that still haunts us today.

The abolition of slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War is a familiar story, as is the civil rights revolution that transformed the nation after World War II. But the century in between remains a mystery: if emancipation sparked a new birth of freedom in Lincoln's America, why was it necessary to march in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s America? In this new book, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of our leading chroniclers of the African-American experience, seeks to answer that question in a history that spans the Reconstruction Era.

Through his close reading of the visual culture of this tragic era, Gates reveals the many faces of Jim Crow and how, together, they reinforced a stark color line between white and black Americans. Bringing a lifetime of wisdom to bear as a scholar, filmmaker, and public intellectual, Gates uncovers the roots of structural racism in our own time, while showing how African Americans after slavery combatted it by articulating a vision of a New Negro to force the nation to recognize their humanity and unique contributions to America as it hurtled toward the modern age.

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=188264The story Gates tells begins with great hope, with the Emancipation Proclamation, Union victory, and the liberation of nearly 4 million enslaved African-Americans. Until 1877, the federal government, goaded by the activism of Frederick Douglass and many others, tried at various turns to sustain their new rights.

But the terror unleashed by white paramilitary groups in the former Confederacy, combined with deteriorating economic conditions and a loss of Northern will, restored home rule to the South. The retreat from Reconstruction was followed by one of the most violent periods in our history, with thousands of black people murdered or lynched and many more afflicted by the degrading impositions of Jim Crow segregation.





 An essential tour through one of America's fundamental historical tragedies, Stony the Path is also a story of heroic resistance, as figures such as W. E. B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells fought to create a counter-narrative, and culture, inside the lion's mouth. As sobering as this tale is, it also has within it the inspiration that comes with encountering the hopes our ancestors advanced against the longest odds.

03 May 2019

Stitch by perfect stitch

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Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style.

Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that's why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector's magazine.Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her.

On his journey through the old towns of England he reads the fairytales of Ewa Chaplin - potent, eldritch stories which, like her lifelike dolls, pluck at the edges of reality and thread their way into his mind. When Andrew and Bramber meet at last, they will have a choice - to remain alone with their painful pasts or break free and, unlike their dolls, come to life.

A love story of two very real, unusual people, The Dollmaker is also a novel rich with wonders: Andrew's quest and Bramber's letters unspool around the dark fables that give our familiar world an uncanny edge. It is this touch of magic that, like the blink of a doll's eyes, tricks our own . . .

02 May 2019

For fans of Kate Mosse, Simon Scarrow and Historical novels


Destiny, inheritance, the world shifting from east to west. This is an epic novel set in an age of dramatic change. 

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Siward, scion of a great dynasty, commands the Varangian Guard and has vowed to defend the Roman Empire to the last. Makkim, renowned general to Ottoman rule, has vowed to destroy it. They are enemies in war, but unknown to them, they are also rivals to inherit one of Europe's greatest fortunes. Even worse, they are competing for the love of the same woman. Their vast inheritance lies in Venice, as does the famous courtesan they both love. 

She is the reason they will find themselves fighting on the walls of Constantinople, in one of the most dramatic sieges in history.

01 May 2019

Why not cut the crap...



Why not cut the crap, take the pressure off, and admit to the moments, days, weeks and months when the wheels fall off? 

In this fabulously funny, down-to-earth book, Diary of a Crap Housewife, Jessica Rowe writes honestly about her talent (or lack thereof) for cooking, about what's really important when it comes to mothering and family, and about her many and varied views, musings and commonsense advice on other crap housewife matters. 

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As an added bonus, there are thirteen crap housewife recipes included, from Jessica's old favourite, spag bol, to a fresh and tasty Waldorf salad, and all so simple you can't go wrong. Being a crap housewife is a badge Jessica wears with pride, and it's a title she invites other women to embrace. The idea of crap lies in the real-life messes, hiccups, disasters and bad meals that many of us dish up and deal with every day. This mum is tired of the photos of perfectly packed school lunches, posts about gourmet family dinners eaten together at the table, and tales of neat, tidy and obedient children with smoothly brushed hair. 

It's time to reset the bar. Make expectations realistic. Strive to be kind, loving, smart and funny. Perfection is not required.

30 April 2019

You're watching them, but who's watching you?

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FOR SALE: A lovely family home with good-sized garden and treehouse occupying a plot close to woodland. Quiet, leafy road, good schools, close to the sea and commutable to London. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers . . . And, it seems, the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer.

On a hot July day, Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two children move into 25 The Avenue looking for a fresh start.

They arrive in the midst of a media frenzy: they'd heard about the local murders in the press, but Garrick was certain the killer would be caught and it would all be over in no time. Besides, they'd got the house at a steal and he was convinced he could flip it for a fortune. 




The neighbours seemed to be the very picture of community spirit. But everyone has secrets, and the residents in The Avenue are no exception. After six months on the case with no real leads, the most recent murder has turned DC Wildeve Stanton's life upside down, and now she has her own motive for hunting down the killer - quickly.

29 April 2019

Discover your power animal and the shamanic path..

All animals, from the wolf to the ant and the mongoose to the fox, carry a message of guidance and hope. Animal Spirit Guides presents a unique insight into power animals through first-hand encounters in the wild in America, Mexico and Europe.

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As a healer and educator, Chris communicates his encounters in a manner that is soulful and immediate. The gifts he reveals will inspire you to move forward through life and manifest your full potential. This guide will introduce you to the esoteric methods of working with animal guides, including shape shifting while dreaming and reading signs and omens to receive divine messages that come through animals.

With specially commissioned paintings by Melissa Launay, Animal Spirit Guides will inspire you to work with the amazing energies of your personal power animal.

26 April 2019

A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on life..

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Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she's constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers.

After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places . . . including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, 'What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?' -- all of the questions today's woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.

24 April 2019

Keto Diet

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=189323 In KETO DIET, bestselling author Dr. Josh Axe sets the record straight, offering thorough, step-by-step guidance to achieving lifelong health.

Unlike other books on the subject, Keto diet identifies and details five different ketogenic protocols, and explains why picking the right one for your body and lifestyle is fundamental to your success.

Complete with shopping lists, delicious recipes, complimentary exercise routines, and accessible explanations of the science, Keto Diet will give readers all the tools they need to say goodbye to stubborn fat and chronic disease once and for all.






18 April 2019

Coming soon from the author of Fifty shades of Grey

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The thrilling new romance from E L James, author of the phenomenal number 1 bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy.

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he's never had to work and he's rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family's noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It's a role he's not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who's recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past. Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she's an alluring mystery, and Maxim's longing for her deepens into a passion that he's never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he's been hiding secrets of his own?

From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.

17 April 2019

Last boy standing

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When two bombs go off in quick succession, Kieron and special agent Bex are forced to face the possibility that someone wants to kill them.

Trying to find out who and why pits them against a ruthless band of international assassins...

16 April 2019

The dice are loaded...

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A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches.

Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There's just one catch - chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man's initials, and it's been there for over a century.

As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it's clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg - and the dice are loaded...