My recent reads by Heather Nazmdeh, Music Librarian and Library Customer Assistant
Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. She has a job, a routine that rarely varies, a place to call home and 2 bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Gradually we learn that some terrible things have happened in her past and that she bears the scars, both mental and physical. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself and lead to her discovering what she is missing in life - and also how to start to heal. The story of Eleanor will make you laugh out loud and it will make you cry but most of all it will make you care deeply for her. A quite remarkable and unique read, one not to miss.
Available as a Talking Book (TB701915, narrated by Cathleen McCarron) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download via RNIB Overdrive.
Set in Ireland in the 1850s, Anna, eleven years of age, has been refusing food for 4 months yet seems to be reasonably well. Lib, a nurse who was trained by Florence Nightingale in the Crimean, is hired to watch the girl constantly, in tandem with another nurse, to make sure that she does not receive food. Her family claim that only Divine Intervention is sustaining her. Lib observes what is happening and we understand as much as she does but no more than that. The constant monitoring and measuring of Anna's bodily functions and the rigid, hungry, convention-bound society that the girl lives in, make the perfect foil for the chaos that is teeming underneath. Secrets and lies abound, passions push to the surface, rules are disregarded in this wonderful book. I can't recommend it enough.
Available in braille and giant print.
Ella's sister Miranda disappeared ten years ago, leaving her baby behind. A man named Jason Thorne, currently in a secure psychiatric hospital for murdering several women, is linked to Miranda through new evidence. Did Miranda know this man? Ella’s life has been dedicated to finding out what happened to her sister, looking after Luke, the nephew, and teaching self- defence to other women. She decides to do whatever it takes to find the truth - even when it becomes dangerous. Strong family bonds, twists and turns to the plot and some really creepy episodes result in a great page-turner of a thriller. Enjoy.
Available as a Talking Book ( TB701904, narrated by Emma Gregory) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download via RNIB Overdrive.