A Novel Without a Hero
With the Napoleonic Wars as backdrop, Thackeray's great satire of materialistic society follows the fortunes of two young ladies from Miss Pinkerton's Academy: the orphaned, penniless, yet ruthless Becky Sharp; and Amelia Sedley, her less worldly friend, brought up in comfort and wealth and destined for neither. Slightly off-mint.
After a post-war career slump, Frank Sinatra established himself as an all-time great from the mid 1950s with a string of hit records and notable films. This second volume of James Kaplan’s biography picks up the story the day after Sinatra received an Oscar for his role in From Here to Eternity and describes the entertainer’s prime and later years, discussing his classic recordings and Rat Pack friendships. Off-mint.
Donald Spoto’s much-acclaimed biography of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011) was written some 15 years before the actress’s death and follows her career in film, from child star to international success and the first million dollar pay cheque for a female star, and her complicated and sometimes scandalous private life and relationships. Off-mint.
Acts of Vanishing
One winter evening in Stockholm a cyber-attack triggers a power blackout, including internet and phone services. Similar attacks follow across Europe. A journalist and her daughter struggle to reach her husband, a cyber-security expert who has disappeared but who may be searching for the truth.
The Brutal Telling
A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery
Early one Sunday morning in Three Pines, Quebec, an unknown man is found lying dead in the bistro. Investigating the murder, Chief Inspector Gamache uncovers the shameful history of the village as he comes closer to identifying the victim and the terrifying killer.
199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die
Why visit a graveyard if you have no one to mourn? For Lorna Rhoads cemeteries can be repositories of stories, outdoor sculpture parks, habitats for birds and wildlife, gardens and oases of tranquillity. Her worldwide, illustrated directory includes burial grounds of all faiths, famous graveyards such Père Lachaise, Boothill and the Taj Mahal, war graves and memorial parks, catacombs, dolmens and even an underwater cemetery – the Neptune Memorial Reef for those lost at sea.
The Mice Who Sing For Sex
And Other Weird Tales From the World of Science
This humorous scientific miscellany is curated by the presenters of the podcast Geek Chic’s Weird Science and imparts the rationale behind all manner of inventions and phenomena, including solar-powered flight, self-lacing shoes, super-memory and addiction to healthy food (which can replace an addiction to fat and sugar). With frequent ‘chic fact’ boxes and cartoons, it also delves into outer space, wildlife and sex: are sound waves the new Viagra?
The Diaries of a Military Wife During the Second World War
While her husband was serving as a British Army captain, Evelyn Shillington travelled with him whenever she could. She kept a regular diary starting with their arrival home from Hong Kong in 1935, through the turbulence of the Second World War, to a stint in post-war Italy in 1946. As well as commenting on the political situation, the diaries include gossip, humour and even a meeting with Princess Elizabeth.
Bandaging the Blitz
Phyll Macdonald-Ross was a trainee nurse at Hackney Hospital in London’s East End when war was declared in September 1939. Her memoir recalls the rigid discipline and hard work of nursing, and the harrowing experience of tending the injured and dying during the Blitz in London, but also friendship and mischief, and the beginning of a lifelong love affair. The story was presented in 2015, Phyll’s 95th year, by her grandson ID Roberts.
The Fifth Heart
In the Great Hiatus (after the Reichenbach Falls incident), Sherlock Holmes is in America with Henry James investigating the 'suicide' of Clover, wife of Henry Adams. James is disturbed by a deeply troubled Sherlock as the great detective questions what is real and what is not in Dan Simmons's literary hall of mirrors.