May 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.Jamie Oliver returns with a bright and breezy look at food from our favourite holiday destinations. Jamie Does… will help you recreate everything from a Spanish paella to a Moroccan tagine or Greek salad.
A man who calls himself 'the Teacher' is devising a meticulous plan. Cold-hearted and cunning, it is time for everyone to learn his name as he teaches New York a lesson it will never forget. Intent on exacting revenge and causing mass hysteria, he embarks on the worst killing spree the city has ever seen. The whole New York Police Department is tested to its limits; none more so than Detective Michael Bennett as the Teacher leads him on a terrifying chase that brings danger perilously close to home.
The final book in the bestselling Millennium Trilogy. Lisbeth Salander lies in Intensive Care with a bullet lodged in her head. She will face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Salander is now ready to fight back.
Now we know for sure what a world of Emperor’s new clothes the global economy has been, Tim Jackson’s book is a most timely one. His view of our financial future – a world where we can prosper without constant economic growth is balm to the soul. The situation can and must be changed, Tim Jackson’s arguments showing we can also create an economically successful world without overloading the environment. Like for Like ReadingSmall is Beautiful, E F SchumacherThe Constant Economy: How to Create a Stable Society, Zac Goldsmith
Winner of the Crimefest Sounds of Crime Award 2010. There are no innocents... just different degrees of responsibility. Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists are murdered and Salander's fingerprints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable behaviour makes her the official suspect, but no-one can find her. Salander may be an expert at staying out of sight, but she also has ways of tracking down her most elusive enemies.
This classic horror story comes packaged with abridged and unabridged texts as well as teacher’s notes on CD-ROM. Read by the fantastic John Sessions, this atmospheric and thrilling story is brilliantly played out for the listener. Abridged audio edition. Read by John Sessions. 2 CDs. 2.5 hours
Flann O‘Briens classic novel of a surreal and hellish village police force. If you haven’t experienced this novel yet then you must, as you will never read (or listen) to anything like it again. Absolutely brilliant!! Abridged audiobook edition. Read by Jim Norton. 3CDs. 3.5 hours.
Having taken the teenage market by storm this clever girl turns from vampires to alien possession for her first remarkable adult novel. The alien ‘worms’ should completely take over the ‘host’, mind and body, but something has gone wrong, and now two consciousnesses share the same flesh. It is a truly creepy idea, very well realised. The aliens want to find the rebel encampment, the human host to protect it. This leads to a war of wills within the same mind. Also, both beings have fallen for the same man, adding to the tension and confusion of a quite superb novel. I really have never read anything quite like it; atmospheric, turbulent and extremely good. Unabridged audiobook edition on CD. Read by Kate Reading.
A selection of Shakespeare’s sonnets read by some of Britain’s best actors including David Tennant and Juliet Stevenson. Tennant recorded his sonnets just after his recently acclaimed performance in Hamlet so the bard was very much on his mind! Abridged audiobook edition. Read by David Tennant, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser, Maxine Peake, Stella Gonet and others. 1 CD. 75 minutes.
The inspiration behind the South Bank Centre's year-long festival of 20th century music, Alex Ross's masterpiece is a sweeping musical history from pre-war Vienna to the Velvet Underground. The landscape of twentieth-century classical music is a wild one: this was a period in which music fragmented into apparently divergent strands, each influenced by its own composers, performers and musical innovations. In this comprehensive tour, Alex Ross, music critic for the 'New Yorker', explores the people and places that shaped musical development: Adams to Zweig, Brahms to Bjork, pre-First World War Vienna to 'Nixon in China'. Winner of the Guardian First Book Award, this unique portrait of an exceptional era weaves together art, politics and cultural history to show how twentieth-century classical music was both a symptom and a source of immense social change.
Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award. Costa Book Awards 2008 Judges' comment: "Everyone who cares about the future of the planet should read this book!" This is a novel written in diary form as Laura, a teenager chronicles her life and that of her family as it is in 2015. It’s edgy, it’s appealing and it’s contemporary and it makes for utterly compelling and frightening reading. Through the writing you will begin to understand what life is likely to be like in just a few years for a teenager and her family when, in a drastic bid to combat climate change, there is carbon rationing and the threat of almost unstoppable global warming is no longer a threat but actually a reality. Laced with humour and written with a lightness of touch it is page-turning stuff but with a serious message. Other titles shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Costa Children's Book Award (formerly the Whitbread Award) are Ostrich Boys, Just Henry and Broken Soup. The winner of the award will be announced on Tuesday 6th January.