Talking Books latest reads: December

Listen to audio clips from the most exciting new additions to our Overdrive library and borrow the books to read in your own time!

As always, we have a diverse range of titles. This month includes a particularly high number of global bestsellers, such as the follow up to Jojo Moyes' smash hit, Me Before You, the follow up to The Rosie Project and several of the titles in Jeff Kinney's beloved series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. We also have the new title from Sarah Winman - author of the international bestseller When God Was a Rabbit and non-fiction from national treasures, both native and honorary, Sue Perkins and Bill Bryson.

Happy reading!

The first two titles in our list are the first simultaneous publications in our partnership with HarperCollins. Thanks to this partnership, the Talking Books Library will receive every audio recording of HarperCollins' new titles, as well as their entire backlist of more than 2,000 titles. 

First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson

Jasper Tudor, son of Queen Catherine and her second husband, Owen Tudor, has grown up far from the intrigue of the royal court. But after he and his brother Edmund are summoned to London, their half-brother, King Henry VI, takes a keen interest in their future. Bestowing Earldoms on them both, Henry also gives them the wardship of the young heiress Margaret Beaufort. Although she is still a child, Jasper becomes devoted to her and is devastated when Henry arranges her betrothal to Edmund. But passion turns to jeopardy for them both as the Wars of the Roses wreak havoc on the realm.

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This book is also available from the Talking Books library (TB23647
 
 

The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft

On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones. Times are tough for Ava - she's struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it's nearly Christmas. So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn't know it yet.

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This book is also available from the Talking Books library (TB23648

After You by Jojo Moyes

Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did 18 months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does.

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The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

With the Wife Project complete, Don settles into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to embark on a new project. As he tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style gets him into trouble. To make matters worse, he has invited his closest friend to stay with them, but Gene is not exactly the best model for marital happiness.

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This book is also available from the Talking Books library (TB23507)

A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman

Marvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she's taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She's waiting for something, she's not sure what, but she'll know it when she sees it. Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man's last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous' creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid.

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This book is also available from the Talking Books library (TB23238)

My Life in His Paws by Wendy Hilling

Wendy Hilling has a rare skin condition which means her skin is very delicate. Every moment is difficult and causes pain. It affects the body inside and out: her throat is very narrow and she can stop breathing at any time. But 8 years ago Wendy's life changed forever. She met Ted, a golden retriever, and he became her full-time carer. He has saved her life more times than she can remember, always watching and listening, and she is now entirely reliant on him. This is the story of Wendy. It's also the story of Ted, the incredible assistance dog, the unique relationship between a human and animal, and the extraordinary things animals are capable of.

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Old School by Jeff Kinney

This is book number 10 in Jeff Kinney's best-selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. You can visit our library for all the available books in the series.
 
Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That's the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn't cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going 'old school' just too hard for a kid like Greg?

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The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

In 1995, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. The trip resulted in the book 'Notes from a Small Island'. Now, Bill Bryson sets out on a brand-new journey, on a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis on the south coast to Cape Wrath on the northernmost tip of Scotland. Once again, he will guide us through all that's best and worst about Britain today.

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The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

On November 24 Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska. Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness where nothing grows, where no one lives, where tears freeze and night will last for another 54 days. They are looking for Ruby's father. Travelling deeper into a silent land, they still cannot find him. And someone is watching them in the dark.

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The Girl in Berlin by Elizabeth Wilson

Summer, 1951. Two suspected spies, Burgess and Maclean, have disappeared, and the nation is obsessed with their whereabouts. Speculation is at fever pitch when Colin Harris, a member of the Communist Party who has been in Germany for several years, turns up to see his old friends Dinah and Alan Wentworth. He has news: he has fallen in love with a girl in East Berlin, and is coming home - with her - for good. Meanwhile, Jack McGovern, who sometimes feels like the only decent man in Special Branch, has a rendezvous with a real spy. Miles Kingdom thinks there's a mole at MI5, and he wants McGovern's help.

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Man Vs Ocean by Adam Walker

Adam Walker is not your everyday record-breaking sportsman. He took on arguably the toughest extreme sport on the planet, to swim non-stop across seven of the world's deadliest oceans wearing only swim trunks, cap and goggles. It is not a test for the faint-hearted: swimmers face freezing temperatures, huge swells and treacherous currents, potentially deadly marine life (from sharks to Portuguese men o' war), vomiting and burning off a week's calories in a single swim.

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Spectacles by Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins has been charming the nation with her own unique brand of wit since the mid-90s. Alongside long-term presenting partner Mel Giedroyc, she has worked on numerous television projects including BBC1's phenomenally successful 'The Great British Bake Off'. However, punning about buns is just one string to Sue's substantial broadcasting bow. She also regularly pops up on the nation's favourite television and radio panel shows and has sold out two stand-up tours. This is her memoir, which she has also narrated.

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