Talking Books latest reads: March

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This month, we have quite a lot of thrilling page-turners, including titles from Josephine Cox, Renée Knight and Alastair Gunn. We also have historical fiction in Paul Emanuelli's Avon street and Louis De Bernieres's The Dust that Falls from Dreams. With some fascinating non-fiction thrown into the mix, as well as Jacqueline Wilson's latest - Butterfly Beach (which was published especially for World Book Day 2017), everyone can find something to get excited about on our list!

Happy reading!

Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson

Butterfly Beach was written specially for World Book Day 2017, as one of 10 books written and published especially for the day. We are proud to have all of the books (except Where's Wally?) available from our Digital library.

Selma can't wait to go on holiday with her best friend forever, Tina. But a holiday with Tina means a holiday with her triplet sisters, too and it's not long before Selma feels like the odd one out. Can their shared love of butterflies bring Selma and Tina together again?

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The Dust that Falls from Dreams by Louis De Bernieres

In the brief golden years of King Edward VII's reign, Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up in an idyllic and eccentric household in Kent. For Rosie, the path ahead is full of challenges. Torn between her love for two young men, one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace, she has to navigate her way through extraordinary times. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out of the opportunities and devastations that follow the Great War?

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Angels Cry Sometimes by Josephine Cox

The marriage of Marcia and Curt Ratheter seemed idyllically happy. Barty Bendall had always loved her, he said; and the girls needed a father. Marcia moved to Blackburn with him, where she tried to forget the past. Barty, though, sank into bad ways, tyrannizing the family. Even in troubled times, lovely raven-haired Marcia was a fighter. But the news that Curt Ratheter had reappeared would render her the helpless prey of wildly conflicting emotions.

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Round About the Earth by Joyce E. Chaplin

For almost five hundred years, human beings have been finding ways to circle the Earth - by sail, steam, or liquid fuel; by cycling, driving, flying, going into orbit, even by using their own bodily power. The story begins with the first centuries of circumnavigation, when few survived the attempt. Finally humans took to the skies to circle the globe in airplanes. Not much later, Sputnik, Gagarin, and Glenn pioneered a new kind of circumnavigation - in orbit.

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Different Class by Joanne Harris

After 34 years at St Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its clowns, its rebels, its underdogs, its 'Brodie' boys who, whilst of course he doesn't have favourites, hold a special place in an old teacher's heart. But every so often, there's a boy who doesn't fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy with hidden shadows inside. With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new broom has arrived at the venerable school, bringing PowerPoint, sharp suits and even sixth form girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist this march to the future, a shadow from his past is stirring. A boy who, even 20 years on, haunts his teacher's dreams. A boy capable of bad things.

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Disclaimer by Renée Knight

What if you realised the book you were reading was all about you? When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine's bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read. But as she turns the pages she is sickened to discover the story will reveal her darkest secret - a secret she thought no-one else knew.

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Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think by Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. Going back to the earliest autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, he provides long-sought solutions to the puzzle, while mapping out a path toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences have access to the resources they need to live happier and more meaningful lives.

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Avon Street by Paul Emanuelli

Set in Bath during the Victorian age. One night, one rash act, one crime changed James Daunton's life for ever. Robbed of everything he once had, and trapped in a merciless vendetta, James must now take on Nathaniel Caine and his gang to survive. Alone, he cannot hope to win, but to find allies he needs to learn to trust in a world of betrayal. Each of those who promise help has their own secrets, hidden in silences, half-truths and lies. And asked if it is fate, destiny, or simply change that brings them together, each of them would have a different answer.

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My Bloody Valentine by Alastair Gunn

When the body of a young woman is found brutally slain on Valentine's Day, the press reacts with barely disguised glee. For DCI Antonia Hawkins, still recovering from the terrible wounds inflicted by another killer, the pressure of another high profile murder investigation could barely be worse timed. But, battling her own physical limitations, and under pressure from a new member of the team whose ambition to displace her is barely disguised, Hawkins must discover not just who killed the first victim, but why. Or watch helplessly as others die at the hands of a monster whose been labelled the Valentine Killer.

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Stalin's Englishman by Andrew Lownie

Guy Burgess was the most important, complex and fascinating of 'The Cambridge Spies' - Maclean, Philby, Blunt - all brilliant young men, recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.

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