But still she held on to her dreams. Somehow she would leave those grey and violent streets behind. Somehow she would make her own life and her own world - even if she were forever denied the comfort of love. Read by Lynne Livingstone. Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities.
And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission - to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book. Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested - the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Read by Joan Walker. In 14th-century Italy, Mondino is a university anatomist, a man of science in a land governed by the brutal Inquisition.
But the corpse brought to Mondino's laboratory one stormy night defies natural law: The victim is a Templar knight, and his heart has been transformed into a block of iron. Or the diabolical work of an ingenious killer? Mondino must outwit both ruthless Inquisitors and vengeful Templars if he's to stop a murderer who threatens to shake the very foundations of Christendom. Read by Leighton Pugh. Lucky Santangelo; book 5. When a member of Lucky Santangelo's family is brutally gunned down in a random holdup, her fury knows no bounds. While she is tracking the killer, her relationship with her husband, charismatic writer and director Lennie Golden, is put to the test.
Suddenly, into her life comes a man from her past, a man with a dangerous kiss. Read by Stephanie Ellyne. Abbey of Ruac, rural France: A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling fourteenth-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains - and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.
But as they begin to unlock the ancient secrets the cavern holds, they find themselves at the centre of a dangerous game. One 'accidental' death leads to another. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to protect the enigma of the tenth chamber. Read by Peter Wickham. The year of taking chances. Among the guests is Caitlin, returned to pack up her much-missed mum's house and try and figure out what to do with her life; and Saffron, a PR whizz who is hiding a life-altering secret which no amount of spin can change. Gemma, Caitlin and Saffron pass around fortune cookies as Big Ben counts down to midnight but as the year unfolds the women come to lean on each other more and more as shocks, disappointments and rifts test them to their limits.
Read by Olivia Mace. First published in , this classic thriller begins when Becky Driscoll turns up at Dr Miles Bennell's consulting room after hours one August evening and tells him that her cousin Wilma doesn't think that her Uncle Ira is really her Uncle Ira. It is just the beginning of a nightmare. As the number of similar stories multiplies, Miles discovers the horrific truth. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbours, his friends, his family, the woman he loved -- the world as he knew it.
Read by Paul Birchard. In the realm of the wolf. High in the mountains of Skeln, the woodsman Dakeyras and his daughter Miriel live a life of harmonious solitude. Unbeknown to them, a group of warriors stalk the mountains. Men who have never known defeat, to whom revenge and torture are meat and drink. They intend to kill the woodsman for ten thousand in gold. Read by David Learner. After Jared Stone publishes his manifesto about women and their place in life, he becomes a hate-figure and Bailey St James, the only woman who refuses to bow down to him, can save him by accepting a very public promotion to vice-president.
Now, with a major deal on the line and tensions rising, can it be long before Jared and Bailey move from spreadsheets to bed sheets? Read by Delianne Forget. The inspiring story of forty men and women who escape the dehumanizing horror of the Warsaw ghetto. It documents the Warsaw ghetto both as an emblem of Nazi persecution and as a personal confrontation with torture, starvation , humiliation, and cruelty — a gripping and visceral story. Read by Richard Burnip.
Wanted - parents for a baby! Neonatal nurse Cassie Jordan always wanted a baby of her own, but after two heartbreaking miscarriages she's convinced she'll never have a family - until a tiny newborn baby is abandoned at the hospital in need of a new mum! Also working on baby Emma's case is handsome widower Dr Ryan Murphy.
Dating might be off the cards for now but, united in their love for Emma, will Ryan and Cassie end up falling for each other too?
- New Books - November 2015.
- Kate Roberts a'r Ystlum - A Dirgelion Eraill, Mihangel Morgan, Good Condition Bo.
- The Pied Piper of Hamelin?
- Der Streit der Königinnen im Nibelungenlied (German Edition).
Read by Jane Perry. A light in the window. His attractive neighbour is tugging at his heartstrings. A wealthy widow is pursuing him with hot casseroles. And his red-haired Cousin Meg has moved into the rectory, uninvited. As a result, Mitford's rector and lifelong bachelor, Father Tim, is in need of divine intervention. Life in a small town is rarely quiet and absolutely never boring. Read by Liza Ross. After her husband is killed, Mary Breydon must make a living running a stagecoach station on the Cherokee Trail. Read by Bill Roberts.
Dragonriders of Pern; book 4. For two hundred years there had been peace on Pern - but now the signs were ominous. Violent weather storms and erupting volcanos heralded the coming of the second Pass of Thread, when the red planet would rain down its horrifying harvest which destroyed every living organism on the face of Pern.
No human or dragon or animal or plant was safe from the hideous death inflicted by Thread. Read by Karen Cass. Fresh from university, Emma Woodhouse arrives home in Norfolk ready to embark on adult life with a splash. As she gets her fledging design business off the ground, she delights in holding her own dinner parties and instructing her new little protegee, Harriet Smith. There is only one person who can play with Emma's indestructible confidence, her old friend and inscrutable neighbour George Knightley; has Emma finally met her match?
Read by Georgina Terry. Hew Cullen; book 1. A thirteen-year old boy meets his death on the streets of the university city of St. Andrews and suspicion falls upon one of the regents at the university, Nicholas Colp. Hew Cullan, a young lawyer recently returned home from Paris, uncovers a complex tale of passion and duplicity, of sexual desire in tension with the repressive atmosphere of the Protestant Kirk and the austerity of the academic cloister.
Read by Allan Tall. The taming of Xander Sterne. The twin tycoons; book 2. A car accident has left tycoon Xander Sterne with a broken leg but when live-in help arrives in the exquisitely tempting shape of Samantha Smith, Xander works on redefining the meaning of 'personal assistant'. Read by Suzanne Goldberg. Dave Lewis is a man with a history. Haunted by his brother's murder when they were children, and scarred by his parents' grief, he's built a bitter life denying everything they ever stood for. Detective Sam Currie is a man with a past.
His failure to prevent his son's death has ended his marriage and cast a shadow over his life and career. He's directed his hatred towards the one man he sees as responsible, but he has other priorities right now. A killer is stalking the city, abducting girls and sending texts and emails to their families before he kills them. When Dave Lewis appears to connect both investigations, it's an opportunity Currie can't resist. Read by Simon Bubb. The West Indian bases are desperate: Were the privateers out in full force again?
Had Napoleon's navy a secret new weapon? Lieutenant Lord Nicholas Ramage sets out from Jamaica to discover what treachery is threatening to throw the British navy into chaos. Read by Bob Rollett. The Measby murder enquiry. Ivy Beasley; book 2. Cantankerous spinster Ivy Beasley has quickly learned that spending her golden years in the quaint village of Barrington won't be as quiet as she thought.
Ivy hasn't been in the old people's home at Springfields for long, but she's already found new friends, formed a detective agency and solved a murder. And as autumn falls, Ivy and her team are asked to investigate a mysterious death in the village of Measby - in between card games, of course. Read by Anna Harwich.
Owen Archer mystery; book 4. King Edward wants William of Wykeham confirmed as Bishop of Winchester, but Pope Urban V is stalling, deterred by the man's wealth and political ambition.
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Thus Owen Archer finds himself heading a deputation from York to Fountains Abbey, to win support for Wykeham from the powerful Cistercian abbots. Ignoring advice, he places his old comrade Ned Townley in charge of the fellow company to Rievaulx, hoping to dispel rumours of Ned's involvement in a mysterious death. But just days out of York trouble erupts: Owen asks John Thoresby, at Court in his role as Lord Chancellor, for help, little knowing it will involve him with the King's mistress, Alice Perrers, ever a dangerous enemy.
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Bobby thinks that he's been left to face the world alone until he meets lonely single mother Val and her daughter Rosa. They spend a magical summer together, discovering the books in the mobile library where Val works as a cleaner. But as the summer draws to a close, Bobby finds himself in trouble and Val is in danger of losing her job.
There's only one thing to do - and so they take to the road in the mobile library. Read by Kris Dyer. Quick Reads Short and fast-paced reads for adults, particularly those wanting to rediscover the reading habit.
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Four short stories packed full of twists and turns. Jeremy finds out exactly the best way to steal the perfect ring for his fiancee. Albert celebrates his th birthday, and is pleased to be sent The Queen's Birthday Telegram. In Russia, businessman Richard plots the ideal way to murder his wife. And as Diana, a busy single mother, drives to have dinner with friends, she realises that a black van is following her. Read by John Banks. Adult Non-fiction Autobiography and biography Devey, Hilary.
From her father's bankruptcy to building her own company, PallEx, Hilary Devey never gave up. Along the way she has survived destructive marriages, her son's heroin addiction, and fought back from a stroke that almost killed her. Contains strong language and violence. Read by Maggie Ollerenshaw. Grima, Charlie, Aren't you glad that it's not Christmas everyday? Memoirs of a Wizzard drummer. He later returned to acting and then to working with blind children at Dorton House, something he considers to be a privilege.
Read by David John. In this funny, moving memoir, Danielle Steel tells the story of how she met a dog the size of a mouse, with a personality that could light up an entire room. From Minnie's arrival at home in San Francisco to clothes shopping jaunts in Paris, her adventures provide the perfect backdrop for a heartfelt look at the magic that dogs bring to our lives, and how they become part of the family.
Read by Regina Reagan. Hands of my father: A memoir of growing up as the hearing son of deaf parents - a world that Uhlberg found unaccountably beautiful, even as he longed to escape it.
Read by Garrick Hagon. Business and Management Hall, Alvin D. The stock market explained: A guide to feeling more comfortable and smarter about your investment decisions. Learn to make more informed choices about your investments using basic analysis techniques to minimize risk and maximize reward. Understand your own risk tolerance and find an investment style that suits your personality and circumstances. Food and Drink Gwynn, Mary. As the Women's Institute turns , food journalist Mary Gwynn, brings together the best loved members' recipes nationwide.
Organised decade by decade, and setting each recipe in its historical and social context, it spans everything from jams and preserves to main courses, puddings and bakes. It finishes with the WI's own signature cake: Read by Stephanie Beattie. Geography Fortey, Richard A. We travel with Richard Fortey as our guide throughout the British Isles and as the rocks change so we learn to read the clues they contain: Read by Chris Courtenay.
History Barker, Juliet R V. Agincourt took place on 25 October and was a turning-point not only in the Hundred Years War between England and France but also in the history of weaponry. Henry V's stunning victory revived England's military prestige and greatly strengthened his territorial claims in France. The exhausted English army of about 9, men was engaged by 20, Frenchmen, but the limited space of battle favoured the more compact English forces combined with the exceptional skill of the English archers and contributed to a pivotal moment in European warfare.
Read by Elizabeth Proud. With all the vigour, energy and enthusiasm at their disposal, a third of a million country women set out to make their lives and the lives of those around them more bearable during the Second World War. By making jam, making do and mending, keeping pigs and rabbits, housing evacuees, setting up canteens for the troops, knitting, singing and campaigning for a better Britain after the women of the WI played a crucial role in war time.
Read by Julie Summers. The inner workings of the man-made world, the miracles of craft, design, engineering and ingenuity that surround us every day are revealed by explaining the science and history of materials we take entirely for granted, while introducing some of humankind's most ingenious and improbable inventions. Read by Brian Fenton. Martin, Andrew, Belles and whistles: Andrew Martin recreates five famous train journeys by travelling aboard their nearest modern day equivalents.
As Martin explains how we got from dining on kippers and champagne aboard the Brighton Belle to takeaway coffee in airline-type seating, he presents an idiosyncratic history of Britain's railways, combining humour, historical anecdote, reportage from the present and romantic evocations of the past. Children and young adult fiction Suggested reading age Ahlberg, Allan. This is a story about what happens when dinner decides that it doesn't fancy being eaten. Just as hungry little boy Banjo is about to tuck into his sausage, it jumps right up off the plate and runs away! But the sausage - whose name is Melvin - isn't alone He's followed by the fork, the knife, the table, the French fries and even the peas.
And so the chase is on! Will Banjo ever catch up with his runaway dinner? And what gulp happens to Melvin if he does? Bella instantly falls in love with her scruffy puppy Sid when she sees him at the animal shelter and takes him home. But her friend Megan is getting her own pedigree pup and is being snooty about Bella's beloved mongrel pet. Bella decides to enter Sid into a dog show, so she can prove for once and for all that all dogs are brilliant, no matter where they come from!
Baby aliens got my teacher! One day Izzy and her friends are surprised to find that their teacher, Miss Jones, is actually being nice to them. This is the woman who was caught secretly smiling when Maisie Miller fell off her chair. There can only be one conclusion: Read by Romana Abercromby.
Elspeth Hart and the school for show-offs. Elspeth Hart; book 1. Can you imagine never being allowed to play outside, dear reader? How about sleeping in a wardrobe every night? That's what life is like for Elspeth Hart. Ever since her parents were tragically washed away in a flood, poor Elspeth has been forced to live with her disgusting aunt, Miss Crabb, in the attic of the Pandora Pants School for Show-offs. Elspeth spends her days sweeping up mouse droppings, washing filthy pots and dodging Tatiana Firensky, the most horrible show-off of all.
But what Elspeth doesn't know is that things are about to change. Greta is a girl on a mission: Many heroes have tried before now. What Greta needs is a hero whose courage and self-belief are greater than himself. But the smallest person might just have the biggest effect.
Mr Gum and the dancing bear. Mr Gum; book 5. Do you like bears called Padlock? Do you like hot-air balloons? Do you like tall sailing ships with mad sea captains, and horrifying old villains and words like 'wab', 'tungler' and 'kelp'? Well, guess what, you lucky little nibbleheads? This book's got all those things and more besides!
The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life. Because Moll is more important than she knows. The Oracle Bones foretold that Moll and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dreamsnatcher's dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll is drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure. Read by Rachel Atkins.
Series 2; book 4. Fay has spent eighteen months locked up in a Secure Training Centre. Drug deals and rip-offs are the only things this teenager knows. Now she's back on the street, looking to settle old scores. They're trained professionals with one essential advantage: But Fay's made a lot of enemies and she's running out of time. Read by David Thorpe. Welsh adult fiction Dafydd, Fflur. Ar fore oer o Chwefror, yn y flwyddyn , mae Dan, un o borthorion Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, wrthi'n cyflawni ei drosedd arferol yn erbyn y gyfundrefn.
Yn ei gyfarch wrth y drws mae Eben, y cofiannydd, sy'n ysu am gael mynediad. Ond yn ddiarwybod i'r ddau, mae Ana a Nan, dwy lyfrgellwraig a'u bryd ar ddial, ar fin newid hanes Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru am byth. Read by Gwennan Evans. Dilyniant bywiog i'r nofel Ffreshars yn dilyn helyntion y ffrindiau coleg Cerys, Hywel, Meleri a Lois wedi iddynt ymuno a byd gwaith. Tybed a fyddan nhw'n dysgu o gamgymeriadau'r gorffennol?
Read by Branwen Gwyn. Cawn ein harwain o Aberystwyth i strydoedd cefn Napoli, i fyd gamblo ar-lein ac i bentref bach tawel yn ardal Brycheiniog. Read by Enid Hughes. Pan ddaw Elen Thomas i ddeall fod rhywun wedi bod yn torri i mewn i ffermdy unig ei modryb ym mherfeddion nos er mwyn ei dychryn, nid at yr heddlu mae hi'n troi. Meurig Morgan lwyddodd i ddatrys dirgelwch marwolaeth ei gwr bum mlynedd ynghynt - ond y tro yma, fydd o'n tynnu blewyn o'r trwyn anghywir? Ond un pnawn ar draeth Langland, mae Rhys yn cwrdd ag Americanes sy'n peri iddo newid ei gynlluniau.
Dyma stori gyffrous ac afaelgar o gefndir rhyngwladol. Read by Danny Grehan. Kate Roberts a'r ystlum: Beth allai fod wedi ysbrydoli Kate Roberts i feddwl am yr iaith Gymraeg fel ystlum mewn cerdd i'r Faner?
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Dyma rai o'r cwestiynau y mae dychymyg gogleisiol Mihangel Morgan yn ceisio'u hateb yn y casgliad hwn o straeon dyfeisgar. Read by Sian Bassett Roberts.
Nofel arall yng nghyfres lwyddiannus yr Onnen ar gyfer oed. Mae Mihangel Morgan yn awdur poblogaidd a chynhyrchiol Casgliad o ysgrifau a lluniau yn edrych ar fyd y celfyddydau yng Nghymru, Lloegr ac America gan un o enwau mawr Sut fyddai Caradog Prichard yn ymdopi gyda cholli ei gof ar l ymddeol? Dyma rai or cwestiynau y mae dychymyg gogleisiol A valuable reader's guide to the Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas , comprising explanatory details on the poems together with references to events in the poet's life which throw light on the content of his work.
In his introduction to this volume of 'Explications of Dylan Thomas's Collected Poems ', Ralph Maud tells us that he first tried to write the book in Only now, however, has the task been made possible by the mass of work done on Thomas in the interim; most notably, by the publication of his Collected Letters in Maud's working principle was that 'the poems, even the more obscure poems, will open up their meaning when we can discover what Thomas's preoccupations were at the time of writing each of them.
There is the problem in a nutshell. Maud believes that, despite the 'myriad of remotely possible meanings hovering around an image in Thomas', there is always a 'basic' and a 'right' one which answers to 'the logic of the poem'. This is both a highly questionable statement and a very old-fashioned one. For one thing, meaning is not produced solely by a poet; it is the outcome of an encounter - or many encounters, each of which may alter the nature of what is produced - between a poem and a reader. A warier commentator would propose interpretations.
Despite declaring that he will give us 'a full inventory of the ingredients' of Collected Poems , Maud attends to little but diction. The clearer a poem is, the less he has to say about it. Maud's method with difficult poems is to interpolate expansions in square brackets. Problems and inadequacies poke up everywhere. For 'the childish snow' 'Before I Knocked' , he offers the limp '[during childhood]'.
For the beginning of 'Altarwise by Owl-light I' he gives 'Altarwise [in the shape of a cross]. For 'Rip of the vaults' in Sonnet III of the same sequence he offers '[having been ripped from the sarcophagus womb]', ignoring the plural "vaults" and seemingly unaware of the phrase 'a young rip'. Poetry delights in ambiguity, and Thomas embraced it like a lover. Only when Maud admits the multiplicity of 'doublecrossed' in 'Before I Knocked' does he come to grips with the word.