Latest simultaneous publications – March 2017

Post date: 
Wednesday, 22 February 2017

We added these titles to our Talking Books collection on the same day they were published in standard print. Enjoy these and many more to come over the rest of the year!

All titles are available in DAISY CD and USB format at present, with other formats to follow. Call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 for more details.

February

Closing In by Sue Fortin

Helen has had to leave everything she's ever known behind; her home, her family, even her own name. Now, returning to the UK as Ellen Newman, she moves to a small coastal village, working as a nanny for Donovan, a criminal psychologist. Attractive, caring and protective, this single father and his sweet daughter are a world away from Ellen's brutal past. But Ellen can't shake the feeling that something's wrong. Strange incidents begin to plague her new family, and their house of calm is about to become one of suspicion and fear. Who is closing in?

The Draughtsman by Robert Lautner

1944, Germany. Ernst Beck's new job marks an end to months of unemployment. Working for Erfurt's most prestigious engineering firm, Topf & Sons, means he can finally make a contribution to the war effort, provide for his beautiful wife, Etta, and make his parents proud. But there is a price. Ernst is assigned to the firm's smallest team - the Special Ovens Department. Reporting directly to Berlin his role is to annotate plans for new crematoria that are deliberately designed to burn day and night. Their destination: the concentration camps. Topf's new client: the SS. As the true nature of his work dawns on him, Ernst has a terrible choice to make; turning a blind eye will keep him and Etta safe, but that's little comfort if staying silent amounts to collusion in the death of thousands.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

New York, 2007. Clark Edwards is a senior partner at Lehman Brothers bank. In need of a discrete and reliable chauffeur, he is too preoccupied to closely check the paperwork of his latest employee, Jende Jonga, who has recently arrived from Cameroon. Then Clark’s wife Cindy offers Jende's wife, Neni, work. But when the deep fault lines running beneath the financial world are exposed, the Edwards’ secrets threaten to spill out into the Jonga’s lives.

I Know What You Are by Taylor Edison

The moving true story of a little girl with Asperger syndrome. Taylor never knew her father and her mother wasn't around much. Aged just 11, an older married man called Tom befriended her. But when he moved away a few months later she was easy prey to the gang of drug dealers and petty criminals who groomed and abused her, using her as a form of currency to appease their debtors and amuse their friends. Taylor started to fight back, determined to build a safe future for herself, however long it took.

If Ever I Fall by S. D. Robertson

Dan’s life has fallen apart at the seams. He’s lost his house, his job is on the line, and now he’s going to lose his family too. Maria is drowning in grief. She spends her days writing letters that will never be answered. Jack wakes up confused and alone. He doesn’t know who he is, how he got there, or why he finds himself on a deserted clifftop, but will piecing together the past leave him a broken man?

A Mother’s Sacrifice by Kitty Neale

Glenda Jenkins has been beaten by her husband Harry one too many times and this time he’s put her in a hospital bed. When Glenda meets kind hospital porter Frank, he offers her a lifeline she can’t refuse. The pair decide to run away together, escaping the terror of Harry. But, fearing for her life, Glenda has to make the biggest sacrifice of all and leave her baby, Johnnie, behind. Will Harry manage to find her and will she ever see her baby again?

Birds Art Life Death: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant by Kyo Maclear

Autobiography. One winter, Kyo Maclear became unmoored. Her father had recently fallen ill and she suddenly found herself lost for words. As a writer, she could no longer bring herself to create; her work wasn’t providing the comfort and meaning that it had before. But then Kyo met a musician who loved birds. Intrigued, Kyo found herself following the musician for a year, accompanying him on his birdwatching expeditions; the sounds of birds in the city reminded them both to look outwards at the world.

Size Zero: My Life as a Disappearing Model by Victoire Dauxerre

Autobiography. Scouted in the street when she is 17, Victoire Dauxerre's story started like a teenager's dream: within months she was on the catwalks of New York's major fashion shows. But when fashion executives and photographers began to pressure her about her weight, Victoire became anorexic. An unflinching, painful expose of the uglier face of fashion, her testimony is a shocking example of how our culture's mechanisms of anorexia and bulimia can push a young woman to the point of suicide.

The Release by Tom Isbell

The Hatchery: book 3. Suggested reading age 13+. Two months have passed since Book, Cat, Hope, and the two others rescued the remaining Less Thans, but no one is safe yet. The group must leave Liberty for good and escape the wolves, the Brown Shirts and the Hunters. Most important, they need to stop Chancellor Maddox before she executes her Final Solution and grows even more powerful. But for Hope, the battle has become personal; she must seek her revenge, no matter what the cost.

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Kent, 1940. In the idyllic village of Chilbury change is afoot. Hearts are breaking as sons and husbands leave to fight, and when the Vicar decides to close the choir until the men return, all seems lost. But coming together in song is just what the women of Chilbury need and with the arrival of a new musical resident, the charismatic Miss Primrose Trent, the choir is reborn. Though for one villager, the choir is the perfect cover to destroy Chilbury’s new-found harmony.

The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt

Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. And back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighbouring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered.

Now We Are 40 by Tiffanie Darke

What happened to Generation X? Now Generation X has turned 40 where is the generation sandwiched between the boomers of the 60s and the millennials now? In Now We Are 40, Tiffanie interviews some of the most iconic Gen X'ers such as Pearl Lowe, Richard Reed and Blur's bassist Alex James to look at how Gen X live their life in between being young and old, and how it feels to want to burn down the establishment only to realise that now you are the establishment.

Nobody’s Son by Cathy Glass

Biography. Born in a prison and removed from his drug-dependent mother, rejection is all that 7-year-old Alex knows. Cathy is asked to foster little Alex, aged 7, for a month before he goes to live with his permanent adoptive family. He settles easily and is very much looking forward to having a forever family of his own. The introductions and move to his adoptive family go well. But Alex is only with them for a week when problems begin. What happens next is both shocking and upsetting, and calls into question the whole adoption process.

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Sixteen-year-old Noa , a Dutch girl, has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she is constantly in peril.

Her Perfect Life by Sam Hepburn

A psychological thriller about just how far you would go to create the perfect life. Gracie Dwyer has it all: the handsome husband, the adorable child, the beautiful home and the glittering career. The perfect life. Her new friend Juliet doesn’t exactly fit in. She’s a down-on-her-luck single parent with no money and not much hope. So just what is it that draws Gracie and Juliet together? And when the cracks start to appear in Gracie’s perfect life, can both of them survive?

The Wychford Poisoning Case by Anthony Berkeley

Roger Sheringham: book 2. Mrs Bentley has been arrested for murder. The evidence is overwhelming: arsenic she extracted from fly papers was in her husband’s medicine, his food and his lemonade, and her crimes are being plastered across the newspapers. Even her lawyers believe she is guilty. But Roger Sheringham, the brilliant but outspoken young novelist, is convinced that there is “too much evidence” against Mrs Bentley and sets out to prove her innocence.

The Silk Stocking Murders by Anthony Berkeley

Roger Sheringham: book 4. Investigating the disappearance of a vicar’s daughter in London, the popular novelist and amateur detective Roger Sheringham is shocked to discover that the girl is already dead, found hanging from a screw by her own silk stocking. Reports of similar deaths across the capital strengthen his conviction that this is no suicide cult but the work of a homicidal maniac out for vengeance. This is a desperate situation requiring desperate measures.

The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club

Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, G.K. Chesterton and nine other writers from the legendary Detection Club collaborate in this crime novel. Inspector Rudge does not encounter many cases of murder in the sleepy seaside town of Whynmouth but one day an old sailor lands a rowing boat containing a fresh corpse with a stab wound to the chest. The vicar, whose boat the body was found in, is clearly withholding information, and the victim's niece has disappeared.

Revolting!: How the Establishment are Undermining Democracy and What They’re Afraid Of by Mick Hume

A short, sharp intervention in the crucial debate about the future of democracy, which has been brought to a head by events from Brexit to the Trump phenomenon. In response to the emerging "I'm a democrat, but." consensus, this book will argue for a forthright defence of democracy against its enemies and critics, old and new. As part of that argument it will aim to show that the problem has not been "too much" democracy, but too little - the absence of real political choices about the future that has stoked the popular mood of anti-politics.       

March

The Female of the Species by Lionel Shriver

The first novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin is a compelling and provocative story of love and how we suffer for it.

Still unattached and childless at fifty-nine, world-renowned anthropologist Gray Kaiser is seemingly invincible and untouchable. Returning to make a documentary at the site of her first great triumph in Kenya, she is accompanied by her faithful middle-aged assistant, Errol McEchern, who has loved her for years in silence.

When young graduate assistant Raphael Sarasola arrives on the scene, Gray is captivated and falls hopelessly in lovebefore an amazed Errol's eyes. As he follows their affair with jealous fascination, Errol watches helplessly from the sidelines as a proud and fierce woman is reduced to miserable dependence through miserable dependence.

Jimmy and the Crawler by Raymond E. Feist

A fantastic new novella from the master of magic and adventure. Bestselling author Raymond E. Feist returns to the city of Krondor and one of his most loved characters, Jimmy the Hand.

The Crawler: a name whispered in fear

In the crime-ridden back alleys of Krondor a rival gang has sprung up to threaten the Upright Man’s Mockers. Does the Crawler control the rival gang? Where does his power come from? And does it threaten the peace of the Kingdom?

James, personal squire to Prince Arutha of Krondor, but in the underworld known as the thief and trickster Jimmy the Hand, must travel to Kesh in disguise. There, working with William, lieutenant of the prince’s household guard and son of the magician Pug, and Jazhara, niece to the Keshian lord Hazara-Khan, he must attempt to unmask the mysterious Crawler and rid Krondor of his influence.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today–written as a letter to a friend.

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions – compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive – for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

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