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BorrowBox Recommendations

This month we are highlighting some of the best  reads that you can borrow on BorrowBox.  

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City of Friends, Joanna Trollope, available in eBook

City of Friends is the twentieth novel from the highly acclaimed number one bestselling author, Joanna Trollope.

The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she’d ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London?

As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new – one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead, long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home – she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. The girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between.

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The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates, available in eBook

Candid and inspiring, Gates traces her awakening to the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies. She shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to ‘turbo-charge’ change. And she provides simple and effective ways each one of us can make a difference.

Convinced that all women should be free to decide whether and when to have children, Gates took her first step onto the global stage to make a stand for family planning. That step launched her into further efforts.

A personal statement of passionate conviction, this book tells of Gates’ journey from a partner working behind the scenes to one of the world’s foremost advocates for women, driven by the belief that no one should be excluded, all lives have equal value, and gender equality is the lever that lifts everything.

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Need You Dead, Peter James, available in eBook and eAudio

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most mysterious case yet in Need You Dead.

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her.

When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

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The Surface Breaks, Louise O’Neill, available in eBook and eAudio

Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tale is re-imagined through a searing feminist lens by one of our most talented writers. This is a book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries – storytelling at its most spellbinding.

Deep beneath the cold, stormy sea, Gaia is a mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. Gaia longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice?

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The Shape of Water, Andrea Camilleri, available in eBook and eAudio

The first in Andrea Camilleri’s wry, brilliantly compelling Sicilian crime series featuring Inspector Montalbano

The goats of Vigata once grazed on the trash-strewn site still known as the Pasture. Now local enterprise of a different sort flourishes: drug dealers and prostitutes of every flavour. But their discreet trade is upset when two employees of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company discover the body of engineer Silvio Luparello, one of the local movers and shakers, apparently deceased in flagrante at the Pasture. The coroner’s verdict is death from natural causes–refreshingly unusual for Sicily.

But Inspector Salvo Montalbano, as honest as he is streetwise and as scathing to fools and villains as he is compassionate to their victims, is not ready to close the case–even though he’s being pressured by Vigata’s police chief, judge, and bishop.

Picking his way through a labyrinth of high-comedy corruption, delicious meals, vendetta firepower, and carefully planted false clues, Montalbano can be relied on, whatever the cost, to get to the heart of the matter.

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The Flower Girls, Alice Clark-Platts, available in eAudio

A well-paced and enjoyably twisty tale of two sisters.

The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.  One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

The Flower Girls is what the media dubbed sisters Laurel (10) and Primrose (6) after they went on trial for the murder of a child who went missing. Laurel ended up going to prison where she still is to this day, while Primrose was given a new identity. One that is now in danger of being exposed 19 years later when Hazel (aka Primrose) is away for New Year with her partner and his daughter and a little girl goes missing from the hotel where they’re all staying.

The danger of being exposed could also prove damaging to older sister Laurel’s upcoming case review before the parole board, and help re-ignite the campaign against her release.

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Mudlarking, Lara Maiklem, available in eAudio

In her object-gathering Lara Maiklem uses old maps to find lost boatyards, quaysides and bridges. No metal detectorist treasure-hunter, she collects everyday things, from mesolithic flints and Roman brooches to clay pipes and tile fragments.

Maiklem details what it is like to search for treasure in the mud and stones, describes many of her treasures, and discusses riverine erosion and environmental concerns.  The Thames is cleaner and healthier than it’s been in a few centuries, but erosion is a constant issue, expedited by the more invasive mudlarks who dig holes.  And a tremendous amount of modern garbage makes it into the water.  Even the sewers still overflow in a heavy rain, but they’re building a system to solve that problem.

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The Testaments, Margaret Allwood, available in eAudio

In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for 33 years.

Picking up ten years after its predecessor’s tantalisingly open-ended conclusion, The Testaments provides a new look into Atwood’s dystopian world, as seen through the eyes of three women of Gilead: a girl brought up within its confines, another on the run beyond its walls, and a woman at the very heart of the regime’s dark designs with secrets of her own. Each has a unique perspective on the world of Gilead and each will be crucial in deciding its fate.

This story combines a piercing critique of gender, oppression and authoritarianism with the whip-smart pace of the purest literary thriller, The Testaments is devastating in its immediacy whilst remaining a faultless piece of timeless storytelling.

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Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (At Some Things), Liz Pichon, available in eAudio

From International bestselling author – Liz Pichon

Tom is off on a school activity trip in the fifth instalment in Liz Pichon’s bestselling series (if he can find his form …)!

Exciting News! Mr Fullerman announces that class 5F are going on an ‘Activity Break’! Which should be fun. As long as I don’t get stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse still with … Marcus Meldrew. Delia is already threatening to paint my room funny colours while I’m away. Which is annoying. I just hope the only surprise I have when I get home is the new pet that I hear Mum and Dad talking about. Because I’ve always wanted a pet!

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