Monday, 26 March 2018

There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes by Michelle Robinson.

Parents, do you remember when you were a child and collected coupons from cereal packets to win a prize?  Or you just needed to be the first kid there when the package was opened so you could score the submarine, jungle animal or collectors card?

This book will bring back great memories for you, and will give you funny stories to tell your children/grandchildren.  Dan and his brother collect coupons from cornflake packets – just 100 needed to win a free lion.

Read this brilliant picture book to find out just what happened in the family when their lion didn’t arrive.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

The dark net by Jamie Bartlett

An interesting, enlightening insight into the the people, places,activities and possibilities of the dark net.
"SHORTLISTED FOR THE POLITICAL BOOK AWARDS AND LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit - a world of Google, Hotmail, Facebook and Amazon - lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits, and where people can be anyone, or do anything, they want. A world that is as creative and complex as it is dangerous and disturbing. A world that is much closer than you think. The dark net is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored. The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the internet today, and of its most innovative and dangerous subcultures: trolls and pornographers, drug dealers and hackers, political extremists and computer scientists, Bitcoin programmers and self-harmers, libertarians and vigilantes. Based on extensive first-hand experience, exclusive interviews and shocking documentary evidence, The Dark Net offers a startling glimpse of human nature under the conditions of freedom and anonymity, and shines a light on an enigmatic and ever-changing world."
The highway by C.J. Box

An exciting and nail biting read.
A gripping story from start to finish. Also a terrifying insight into the mind of a serial killer, understanding the background of the killer - what makes him tick. How much anger is stored up in him from way back and why it's there.
C.J. Box has written lots more, enjoy them all.
by Pauline.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Goneville : a memoir by Nick Bollinger

"Bollinger was just 18 when he went on the road with the band Rough Justice and its smoky-voiced, charismatic leader Rick Bryant. The next two years were sometimes uplifting and exciting, other times enervating and depressing. It was the 1970s and pot was plentiful. Often, though, the band was short of other things- money, food, shelter, and petrol for its increasingly ramshackle, broken-down bus. Goneville is both a coming-of-age story and an intimate look at the evolving music scene in '70s New Zealand. It shows how this music intersected - sometimes violently - with the prevailing culture, in which real men played rugby, not rock. Nick Bollinger draws on his own experiences, seeks out key players and unsung heroes - and vividly portrays a divided country, set to shatter apart for a generation."

Also by Nick Bollinger

The miniaturist by Jessie Burton

"There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed..." On a cold winter's day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways... Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realises the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?

The TV series adaption of this book is just as brilliant, Dutch interiors of the C17th, so realistic, and the story line followed faithfully. It was after seeing the TV series I re-read the novel and found it as absorbing the second time around.

Also by Jessie Burton

The Smithsonian magazine

 This magazine is a delight. It covers a wide range of topics, very readable entertaining and informative. Its’ only drawback is that its monthly not weekly. Come and try some of our other magazines, We have a large range.

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