Talking Books latest reads: January

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 several crime mysteries, guaranteed to have you enthralled, plus a classic story from Thomas Mann, the biography of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, a fascinating look at Britain's coastline and the final installment in Deborah Harkness' best-selling All Souls trilogy.

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A Place Called Home by Dilly Court

Born out of wedlock when her mother was only 14, Lucy Pocket has spent all her life in the care of her disreputable but charming grandmother, Eva. They move from one poor lodging house to another, until her wealthy paternal grandfather buys her from Eva, determined to bring Lucy up to be a lady. When her grandfather dies, his despicable nephew cheats Lucy out of her inheritance, except for a run-down lodging house in Whitechapel, where she is forced to look after his three illegitimate children. Jilted by her would-be fiancé, Lucy is determined to make a life for herself and the children, and to search for her long lost grandmother, creating the family she has always longed for.

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Master of Shadows by Neil Oliver

In fifteenth-century Constantinople, Prince Constantine saves the life of a broken-hearted girl. But the price of his valour is high. John Grant is a young man on the edge of the world. His unique abilities carry him from his home in Scotland to the heart of the Byzantine Empire in search of a girl and the chance to fulfil a death-bed promise. Lena has remained hidden from the men who have been searching for her for many years. When she's hunted down, at last she knows what she must do. With an army amassing beyond the city's ancient walls, the fates of these three will intertwine. As the Siege of Constantinople reaches its climax, each must make a choice between head and heart, duty and destiny.

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A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge? Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with bestselling feminist writer Clare Abbott and her pushy personal assistant Caroline Goldacre gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, she begs DI Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime...
 

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

After travelling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home in France they reunite with their families - with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient knowledge and modern science, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

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The Bourne Sanction by Eric Van Lustbader

University professor David Webb - forever caught between two identities - is still haunted by the splintered nightmares of his former life as Jason Bourne. Soon he finds himself embroiled in a CIA operation to hunt down a terrorist organisation, and is plunged into the deadliest and most tangled assignment of his double life. With his own side trying to take him down, all the while an assassin as brilliant and damaged as himself is getting closer by the minute.

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Coastlines: The Story of Our Shore by Patrick Barkham

Told through a series of walks beside the sea, this is a story of the most beautiful 742 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: their rocks, plants and animals, their views, walks and history, and the people who have made their lives within sight of the waves.

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Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man by Thomas Mann

Devoid of moral sense and showing in his boyhood astonishing gifts of simulation and dissimulation, Felix Krull induces the symptoms of illness and evades conscription. He becomes a bell boy in a hotel where he indulges in erotic escapades, steals jewellery and leads a double life as the servant and the served.

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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Rayburn

London, 1887. Veronica Speedwell intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. But fate has other plans. When Veronica thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, he offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. When the Baron is murdered, Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.
 

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Dead Gone by Luca Veste

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Liverpool, gruesomely murdering victims as part of a series of infamous unethical and deadly psychological experiments. When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the City of Liverpool University, DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi realise they're chasing a killer unlike any they've hunted before - one who doesn't just want their bodies, but wants their minds.

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The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali

The champion boxer recounts his experiences and talks of his spiritual and political views with clarity and conviction. In his own words, Muhammad Ali pulls no punches as he chronicles the battles he faced, in and out of the ring. This is Ali's own story. For six years he worked, traveled and talked with Richard Durham, a writer with a stunning talent, and the result is mesmerizing in its brilliance, drama, humanity and sheer entertainment.

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