The dark and chilly nights are here and we all need a bit of cheering up. Here are some books that might blow away those winter blues.
Blotto, Twinks and the rodents of riviera by Simon Brett
While giving a tour of the house's long gallery Blotto is stunned to discover that two of the family portraits are missing. Blotto is forced to summon his brilliantly intelligent sister Twinks who instantly deduces that the paintings have been stolen by a gang of international art thieves based in Paris.
A tiny bit marvellous by Dawn French
Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn't understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey. Inside, and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children. This is the story of a modern family all living in their own separate bubbles lurching towards meltdown.
Braille, giant print.
Under the paw; confessions of a cat man by Tom Cox
Tom Cox records the chaos of owning seven of the most charismatic, idiotic and duplicitous cats in the country. Tom encounters death, depression, flying fur and the first human sentence spoken by a feline. Running through all the maelstrom is the heartbreaking story of his relationship with his oldest cat: a 'painfully sensitive' survivor moggy who may or may not be an evil genius.
Talking Book 19781
The hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
On his 100th birthday Allan Karlsson makes his escape from the old people's home and embarks on an unlikely and momentous adventure.
Braille, giant print, Talking Book 20097
The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion
Meet Don Tillman. Don is getting married. He just doesn't know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman..
Braille, giant print, Talking Book 20582
Miss Garnet's angel by Salley Vickers.
Julia Garnet is a teacher. Just retired, she is left a legacy which she uses by leaving her orderly life and going to live - in winter - in an apartment in Venice. Its beauty, its secret corners and treasures and its people overwhelm a lifetime of reserve and caution.
Braille, giant print, Talking Book 15007
The No. 1 ladies' detective agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Working in Gaborone, Botswana, Precious Ramotswe investigates several local mysteries, including a search for a missing boy and the case of the clinic doctor who has different personalities for different days of the week.
ISBN: 034911675X Braille, giant print, Talking Book 13252
Magician by Raymond E Feist
An orphan boy, Pug, is apprenticed to a master magician and consequently the destinies of two worlds are changed. The peace of the kingdom is destroyed when mysterious alien invaders swarm through the land. Pug's destiny is to lead him through a rift in the fabric of space and time to the mastery of the unimaginable powers of a strange new magic.
Braille, Talking Book 13574
The tent, the bucket and me by Emma Kennedy
For the Seventies child, summer holidays meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went. Whether it was swept away by a force ten gale on the Welsh coast or suffering copious amounts of food poisoning on a brave trip to the south of France, family holidays always left them battered and bruised. But they never gave up.
Braille, giant print, Talking Book 403990
One for the money by Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum is a failed lingerie buyer, turned agent. Her first job is to find Morrelli, a policeman/murder suspect on the run - and a childhood sweetheart and sparring partner. Real menace enters the story when Stephanie attracts the psychopathic attentions of Ramirez.
Braille, Talking Book 15351
Never the bride by Paul Magrs.
Brenda has had a long and eventful life and has come to Whitby in search of some peace and quiet. She and her best friend Effie like nothing better than keeping their eyes open for any of the mysterious goings on in town, of which there are many, but the oddest thing in Whitby may well be Brenda herself. With her terrible scars, her strange lack of a surname or the fact that she takes two different shoe sizes, she should have known that people as unique as herself are just not destined for a quiet life.
The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom
Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in the toil of his father before him, fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. Then he dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.
Braille, giant print, Talking Book 17938
The sound of laughter: the autobiography of Peter Kay by Peter Kay
Peter Kay's gift for observing the absurdities and eccentricities of family life has earned him a widespread everyman appeal. His autobiography is full of this kind of humour and nostalgia, from his Bolton childhood right up until the time he found fame.
Braille, giant print, Talking Book 14902
The power of intention: learning to co-create your world your way by Wayne W. Dyer
Dr Dyer has researched intention as a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. This book explores intention - not as something you do - but as an energy you're part of. We're all intended here through the invisible power of intention.
Talking Book 409241