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A selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks

A selection of ebooks and eAudiobooks recently added to the libraries digital collection

eBooks

The Sisters by Claire Douglas

One lied.  One died. When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive After a tragic accident, still haunted by her twin sister's death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets siblings Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle. When one sister lies, she must protect her secret at all costs As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start to happen, precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention? When the truth outs, will either sister survive?

Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

Weapons Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright. Only half a war is fought with swords. The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king's minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put bright yilling at its head,  a man who worships only death. Sometimes one must fight evil with evil. Some,  like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others, like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.

Man's Best Friends - True Stories Of The World's Most Heroic Dogs by John McShane

For thousands of years, men and women have known who to turn to in times of trouble, a dog. All over the world dogs have risked, and often lost, their lives to look after the human beings they care for. Their intelligence, devotion and astonishing courage to help humans in distress on countless occasions almost defies belief. Their stories range from Roselle the Labrador, who led her blind owner to safety from the carnage of the World Trade Centre, to the legends of Balto and Togo, two of the huskies who traversed over 1,000 kilometres of snow and ice to bring life-saving medicine to an isolated town, and Swansea Jack, the black Labrador who rescued almost 30 people from drowning and who had a statue erected in his honour. Many of the dogs featured in this book have been specially trained to help humans, a task they eagerly set about regardless of the physical risk they face as a result. Then there are the family pets who, when danger threatens, react with total disregard for their own wellbeing, caring only about one thing; protecting the humans they love.

eAudiobooks

One Small Act Of Kindness by Lucy Dillon, read by Lucy Price-Lewis

Libby helps a stranger, and transforms her life in the process. Libby and her husband Jason have moved back to his hometown to turn the family B&B into a boutique hotel. They have left London behind and all the memories,  good and bad, that went with it. The injured woman Libby finds lying in the remote country road has lost her memory. She doesn't know why she came to be there, and no one seems to be looking for her. When Libby offers to take her in, this one small act of kindness sets in motion a chain of events that will change many people's lives.

Will And Tom by Matthew Plampin, read by Leighton Pugh

1797, West Yorkshire. When rising artist Will Turner arrives at Harewood House in high summer, his intention is to sketch the house and grounds, receive his commission and return to London. But things at the grand house are not quite as he expects. Will's treatment by his hosts is surprisingly offhand and most perplexing of all is the appearance of another painter, his childhood friend and now rival, Tom Girtin.

Waiting For Sunrise by William Boyd, read by Roger May

Vienna. 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with the eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Bensimon. He is sitting anxiously in the waiting room when an extraordinary woman enters. Moving from Vienna to London's west end, the battlefields of France and hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche, and a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe.

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